What Does FUBAR Mean?

Meaning "irreparably broken," FUBAR (F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition) has been in use as an informal military abbreviation since at least World War II. Other expansions of FUBAR include:
  • F*cked Up Beyond All Repair
  • F*cked Up By Army Regulations
The term FUBAR first came to prominence in the 1986 film "Platoon" but has also featured in "Full Metal Jacket," "Saving Private Ryan," "Hamburger Hill," and "Predator."

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
3: Guessable
Typical Users:

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When I write FUBAR, I mean this:

meaning of FUBAR
FUBAR means irreparably broken.


Examples of FUBAR in Sentences

Here are examples of FUBAR being used in conversations:
  • Jones
  • Yes, sergeant
  • Smith
  • Yes, sergeant
  • Adams
  • Adams?
  • FUBAR, sergeant
  • Black
  • Yes, sergeant
  • (Here, FUBAR means killed. It carries the connotation of Adams being blown up, i.e., destroyed beyond recognition.)
  • Tony: Which fuel did you put in the generator?
  • Jordan: I used the red jerry can.
  • Person A: That's petrol! The generator is now FUBAR.
  • (Here, FUBAR means irreparably broken.)
  • Tony: They had to drink their own urine.
  • Jordan: Ew, that's FUBAR.
  • (Here, FUBAR is being used figuratively, i.e., not in its literal sense.)

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). As it usually follows the noun it modifies, it is used a predicative 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.)
Of note, 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


See Also

FUBB (f*cked up beyond belief) FUBU (f*cked up beyond use) BRUK (broken) BUSTED (broken) CACTUS (broken) BER (beyond economical repair) DBR (damaged beyond repair) LBR (loser beyond repair) NRI (non-repairable item)