Synonyms of problem in English:


See definition of problem


1‘he's been under increasing stress due to business and personal problems’


difficulty, issue, trouble, worry, complication, difficult situation, mess, muddle, mix-up

snag, hitch, drawback, stumbling block, obstacle, hurdle, hiccup, setback, catch

catch-22, vexed question, quandary, the rub

predicament, plight, can of worms, hornets' nest, Gordian knot

misfortune, mishap, misadventure

informal dilemma, headache, prob, hassle, pickle, fix, tight spot, fly in the ointment, how-do-you-do, job, gremlin, facer

North American informal katzenjammer

rare nodus

2‘‘I don't want to be a problem,’ Lucy said’


nuisance, source of difficulty, bother, pest, source of trouble, irritant, thorn in one's flesh, thorn in one's side, vexation

informal drag, pain, pain in the neck

Australian informal fair cow

vulgar slang pain in the arse

3‘arithmetical problems’


puzzle, question, poser, enigma, riddle, conundrum

informal teaser, brain-teaser


1‘a problem child’


troublesome, difficult, unmanageable, unruly, disobedient, uncontrollable, ungovernable, intractable, recalcitrant, intransigent, refractory

delinquent, maladjusted, disturbed


well behaved, manageable