First World Problem

Meaning

An insignificant problem

First world problem is a problem that is insignificant when compared to more serious problems around the world. The phrase is often used to mock a complaint by a person when he or she makes a big deal out of a lame problem.

A first world country is one that has a developed economy, infrastructure, and political system. Some of these countries include the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. Second and third world countries are less stable and commonly experience serious problems such as war and starvation.

Example

"Why can't my shampoo and conditioner run out at the same time?!?
Wow, first world problem right there."
First world problem meme featuring Jame Van Der Beek

First world problem meme featuring Jame Van Der Beek

Related Slang

Usage

Last Updated: August 17, 2018

First world problem definition

This page explains what the slang term "First world problem" means. The definition, example, and related terms listed above have been written and compiled by the Slangit team.

We are constantly updating our database with new slang terms, acronyms, and abbreviations. If you would like to suggest a term or an update to an existing one, please let us know!