first world problem

noun
variants: or first-world problem or less commonly First World problem or First-World problem

Definition of first world problem

: a usually minor or trivial problem or annoyance experienced by people in relatively affluent or privileged circumstances especially as contrasted with problems of greater social significance facing people in poor and underdeveloped parts of the world In terms of first world problems, the biggest one is probably a cracked phone screen.— Ben Sin

Examples of first world problem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My first world problem involves being alone, separated from my husband, and now separated from my new boyfriend, as well. Anne Liu Kellor, Longreads, 4 May 2020 Bringing a stuffy nose home from vacation, chipping a fresh manicure, Seamless forgetting your extra ranch dressing, again — first world problems, man. refinery29.com, 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of first world problem

1979, in the meaning defined above

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“First world problem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first%20world%20problem. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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