What Does FUBAR Mean in a Text?

FUBAR means "F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition." Here is more information about the definition of FUBAR, with examples of use.

FUBAR has been used in use as an informal military abbreviation since at least World War II. Effectively, it means that something is irreparably broken.

FUBAR is applied not just to physical items, but also to situations. For example:
  • I put petrol instead of diesel in the generator and now it's FUBAR.
  • Ever since Sam found about about Lee, my life has been FUBAR.
  • If you go near them again, you'll be FUBAR.
There are a number of slight variations on the definition of FUBAR, but all have the same basic meaning. These include:
  • F*cked Up Beyond All Repair.
  • F*cked Up Beyond All Redemption.
  • F*cked Up By Army Regulations.
  • F*cked Up By Assholes in the Rear.
FUBAR first came to prominence in the 1986 movie "Platoon." It has also featured in the movies "Full Metal Jacket," "Saving Private Ryan," "Hamburger Hill," and "Predator."

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meaning of FUBAR

FUBAR means irreparably broken.

Summary of Key Points

"F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition" is the most common definition for FUBAR on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user


An Academic Look at FUBAR

FUBAR is an acronym (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters.

The term FUBAR is most commonly used as an adjective (i.e., a describing word). It can follow the noun it modifies (in which case it is a predicative adjective), or precede the noun it modifies (in which case it is an attributive adjective). For example:
  • The computer is FUBAR.
  • (Here, FUBAR is a predicative adjective; i.e., it is placed after the noun it modifies, which in this case is computer.)
  • This a FUBAR situation.
  • (Here, FUBAR is an attributive adjective; i.e., it is placed before the noun it modifies, which in this case is situation.)
FUBAR is not a modern cyber term. Even though its popularity grew markedly in the early 90s, FUBAR has been in common use since at least 1940, and may even have been noted as early as AD 1803. [click here for evidence]

Example of FUBAR Used in a Text

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