A school boy solving a math problem.
- An example of a problem is an algebra equation.
- An example of a problem is when it is raining and you don't have an umbrella.
- a question proposed for solution or consideration
- a question, matter, situation, or person that is perplexing or difficult
- Math. a proposition requiring solution by mathematical operations, constructions, etc.
Origin of problemMiddle English probleme from Middle French from Classical Latin problema from Classical Greek probl?ma from proballein, to throw forward from pro-, forward + ballein, to throw, drive: see pro- and ball
- presenting a problem of human conduct or social relationships: a problem novel
- very difficult to deal with; esp., very difficult to train or discipline: a problem child
have a problem withInformal
- to be unable to understand or do: she has a problem with French verbs
- to disagree with; disapprove of: I have a problem with your plans to paint the kitchen purple
- yes!; I will do what you ask!: used in response to a request
- easily done!
- you're welcome!
- A question to be considered, solved, or answered: math problems.
- a. A situation, matter, or person that is hard to deal with or understand: was having problems breathing; considered the main problem to be his boss. See Usage Note at dilemma.b. A personal matter that causes one difficulty or needs to be dealt with: felt her tyrannical boss had deep-seated problems.
- A misgiving, objection, or complaint: I have a problem with his cynicism.
- Difficult to deal with or control: a problem child.
- Dealing with a moral or social problem: a problem play.
Origin of problemMiddle English probleme from Old French from Latin problēma problēmat- from Greek from proballein to throw before, put forward pro- before ; see pro- 2. ballein blē- to throw ; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.
(plural problems or problemata)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin problema, from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÏŒÎ²Î»Î·Î¼Î± (problema, “anything thrown forward, hindrance, obstacle, anything projecting, a headland, promontory"), from Ï€ÏÎ¿Î²Î¬Î»Î»Ï‰ (proballo, “to throw or lay something in front of someone, to put forward"), from Ï€ÏÎ¿- (pro-, “in front of") + Î²Î¬Î»Î»Ï‰ (ballo, “to throw, to cast, to hurl").