Definition of First World problem in English:

First World problem


  • A relatively trivial or minor problem or frustration (implying a contrast with serious problems such as those that may be experienced in the developing world)

    ‘it's a First World problem, but still if you're staying at a 5-star resort you expect some decent service’
    • ‘It’s a first world problem to be sure, but that doesn’t make tangled headphone cords any less annoying.’
    • ‘Someone, somewhere, is playing the world’s smallest violin for my first-world problems.’
    • ‘These are more of my silly, silly first world problems.’
    • ‘The inconvenience of being charged $99 a year to develop on Apple's top-end kit is a first-world problem if ever I heard one.’
    • ‘Another one of those first world problems that would be laughed at by third world people mostly wanting a bowl of steamed rice to eat - their only meal for the day.’
    • ‘I know, I know, it is a first world problem and I should just feel blessed for merely having two very dependable vehicles to get about in.’
    • ‘I don’t have to struggle with first world problems like finding a parking space right next to the entrance of the mall since the bus drops me off there anyway.’
    • ‘We take ourselves and our little first world problems too damned seriously.’
    • ‘I will take a first world problem any day.’
    • ‘A first world problem, sure ... But a problem nonetheless.’