Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fucked up adj.

also fugged up
[fig. use of fuck v. + SE up]

1. of objects, intentions or plans, broken, wrecked, ruined.

in D.M. Sullivan USMC in the Civil War (2000) III 267: ‘What the bloody Hell is wanted now? This is a fucked up company anyhow, and always has been since the guard came on shore. To Hell with such a company and all connected with such a damned concern!’.
[US]A. Bessie Men in Battle 133: The detail’s all fucked-up.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 254: The Army’s got the mail fugged up.
[US]Kerouac letter 12 June in Charters II (1999) 128: Just got galleys from Viking for me to restore to original, so they’re not going to try to sneak something over in [sic] me, i.e., a fucked-up manuscript.
[US]J. Rechy City of Night 30: Theres dozens of you [...] pictures in a fuckedup album.
[US]E. Tidyman Shaft 88: Everything else in the fucked-up world.
[US](con. 1967) E. Spencer Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 135: This fucked-up base called Khe Sanh is ours, not Charlie’s.
[UK]Guardian Weekend 10 July 34: He asked first for his wife to bring a pillow so the carpet wouldn’t be ‘fucked up’ by the blood.
[US]W. Shaw Westsiders 126: LA’s kind of [...] really fucked up.
[US] M. McBride Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] This is a fucked-up deal, Nicky.
[UK]K. Sampson Killing Pool 96: This is fucked up, you halfwit. Fuck off out of here.
[US]S. King Finders Keepers (2016) 123: Advertising [...] what greater agent of the norm is there in this fucked-up country.
[Aus]G. Disher Consolation 331: A sad, fucked-up story, thought Hirsch. Sad, fucked-up people.

2. (also f’d up) of people, distressed, unhappy, mentally unstable.

[US]E. Hemingway letter 28 July in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 648: I was all fucked up when I wrote it.
[US]Kerouac letter 8 July in Charters II (1999) 261: I refuse to be fucked up and never did like being fucked up by what Others want.
[US]B. Malamud Tenants (1972) 91: She was a fucked-up nigger-struck chick when I took her on.
[UK]T. Blacker Fixx 305: Mothers with weird, fucked-up kids.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 279: Gay, strung out, unemployed or plain fucked up in the head from trying to cope.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 4: F’D UP – euphemistic abbreviation of fucked up; wrong, incoherent.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘One Arrest’ Wire ser. 1 ep. 7 [TV script] Wallace been all fucked up, since they got that stick-up boy, you know.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 63: He was simply fucked-up, and not in a particularly interesting way.
[US]J. Ellroy Hilliker Curse 3: A stranger would mark me as a fucked-up child in everyday duress.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] Mum survived [...] but her partner Steve had been killed. I was still pretty fucked up about it.
[US]‘Chelsea G. Summers’ New Republic 19 Apr. 🌐 Writing the details of her life—her first boyfriend who ‘got’ her kink, her childhood discovery of spanking [...] her internal battles over being ‘fucked up’.
[Aus]G. Disher Consolation 331: A sad, fucked-up story, thought Hirsch. Sad, fucked-up people.
[US]J. Ellroy Widespread Panic 35: The meshugenah Magna Carta of our hopped-up and fucked-up age.

3. suffering (not always painfully) from the use of drugs or alcohol to excess; completely intoxicated.

[US]H.S. Thompson Hell’s Angels (1967) 193: We’ll smoke up some weed, get all fucked up.
[US]Smith & Gay Heroin in Perspective 201: Fucked up. High on heroin (sometimes other drugs): ‘He was so fucked up he couldn’t even drive a car’.
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 65: They started drinking some alcohol and got fucked up [...] They got fucked up so bad she passed out.
[WI]M. Thelwell Harder They Come 323: I —am—so—fucked—up.
[US]Snoop Doggy Dogg ‘Gin and Juice’ 🎵 Tanqueray and chronic, yeah, I’m fucked up now.
[UK]M. Dibdin Dark Spectre (1996) 29: How are we supposed to get fucked up now you’ve cleaned out the stash?
[Aus](con. 1964-65) B. Thorpe Sex and Thugs and Rock ’n’ Roll 212: I was totally fucked-up on one hit.
Online Sl. Dict. 🌐 fucked up adj [...] 2. extremely intoxicated on alcohol or other drugs. (‘He got so fucked up last night that he couldn’t see.’).
[US]Source Aug. 56: Getting fucked up! Partying in the house.
[US](con. 1990s) in J. Miller One of the Guys 86: ‘Everybody brings bud and forties. Sit there and get fucked up’.
[US]Simon & Pelecanos ‘Middle Ground’ Wire ser. 3 ep. 11 [TV script] I can’t get too fucked up tonight, man. I got some shit I got to do.
[Aus]L. Redhead Peepshow [ebook] ‘Come to the loo for a line?’ ‘I would but I’m working [...] can’t get too fucked up’.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 140: The babysitter herself was fucked up [...] So fucked up she didn’t notice the toddler run out of the house.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] His poems are about, like, strip clubs and passion and getting fucked up.
[US]N. Walker Cherry 24: ‘You sound fucked up’‘I actually am not’.
[US]S.A. Crosby Blacktop Wasteland 122: ‘You fucked-up, ain’t ya? I can see it in your eyes’.

4. (orig. US milit.) of people, badly hurt, wounded or killed.

[US]L. McMurtry Horseman, Pass By (1997) 159: He was all fucked up [...] He was throwin’ up blood.
[US]C. Bukowski Erections, Ejaculations etc. 286: One guy was pretty badly fucked-up [...] He had specially-made crutches.
[US](con. 1970) J.M. Del Vecchio 13th Valley (1983) 22: Some innocent dudes always get fucked up and blown away.
[US]Mack 10 ‘Based on a True Story’ 🎵 Do what he say, and you keep your mouth shut / Talkin’ that drag might get ya fucked up.
[US]S.A. Crosby Blacktop Wasteland 8: ‘Don’t let these boys get your face fucked up. My cousin takes this shit seriously. Take it back and you can go home with all your teeth’.
[UK]G. Krauze What They Was 15: He got into one mad car accident and he was all fucked up from it.

5. worthless, contemptible, miserable.

(con. 1965-66) P. Caputo Rumor of War 213: ‘I can’t wait till I’m out of this fucked-up outfit. I can’t take any more of this petty bullshit’.
[US]T. O’Brien Going After Cacciato (1980) 252: Berlin [...] That’s a pretty fucked-up name, isn’t it ? [...] You an American, soldier?
[US]R. Price Breaks 193: That was fucked-up of me – I’m sorry.
[US](con. 1930s–60s) H. Huncke Guilty of Everything (1998) 269: Well, of all the fucked-up situations.
[US]C. Hiaasen Stormy Weather 23: Whatever fucked-up plan you had for ripping me off is now officially terminated.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 288: You think I’m gonna let some fuckin tarphead tell some fucked-up story to some fucked-up pig in some fucked-up lingo?
[US]C.D. Rosales Word Is Bone [ebook] You want to stop doing fucked up things.
[US]T. Swerdlow Straight Dope [ebook] I know you like dated her or did some fucked-up shit to her or something.

6. (US) confused, in a muddle.

[US]Kerouac letter 2 Jan. in Charters I (1995) 425: By the time I get back to SP at either SJ or El Paso I’ll be completely fucked up.
[US]L. Sanders Anderson Tapes 119: I told you, I just want your advice. I’m all fucked up.
[US]T. Harris Silence of the Lambs (1991) 322: Make sure and put one of your handsets in each van for the driver, so we don’t get fucked up talking to those DEA guys.

7. (also fuck-up) of places, unpleasant.

[US]N. Heard Howard Street 155: You gonna tell me that a people in a fucked-up position [...] wouldn’t be better off havin’ to build a society of their own.
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 128: That’s the world’s most fucked-up jail.
[US]B. Hamper Rivethead (1992) 87: As fucked-up and filthy as Cab Shop as, I still considered it my home.
[UK]C. Newland Scholar 76: Him juggle rocks fe me, over in dat fuck-up estate down the road from Greenside.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 17: England’s green and fucked-up land.
[UK]Guardian Guide 13 Feb. 15/1: [He] told a room of producers that he was on the hunt for ‘screwy and fucked-up’ programme ideas.

8. in trouble.

[US]G. Scott-Heron Vulture (1996) 11: ‘All you needa do iz lean wrong one time an’ nex’ thing you know, you all fucked up.’.

9. unappealling, unpleasant.

[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 227: I told him this was a pretty fucked-up time of the morning.
[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 11: Say something fucked up and quotable, something evil.
[US]J. Ridley Love Is a Racket 188: Dumas had killed Nellis for the express purpose of giving me the most fucked-up task in the world to perform.
[US]J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 160: That’s some fucked-up shit, Scud!

10. exhausted, worn out.

D. Gram Boulevard Nights 93: I’m tired man. Fuckin’ fucked up [HDAS].

11. weird, strange, unusual.

Online Sl. Dict. 🌐 fucked up adj 1. weird or unusual. (‘That movie was fucked up’).
[US]Rayman & Blau Riker’s 76: He had all kind of fucked-up tattoos all over him [...] tatted from his forehead down to his feet.