problem

[ prob-luhm ]
/ ˈprɒb ləm /

noun

any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty.
a question proposed for solution or discussion.
Mathematics. a statement requiring a solution, usually by means of a mathematical operation or geometric construction.

adjective

difficult to train or guide; unruly: a problem child.
Literature. dealing with choices of action difficult either for an individual or for society at large: a problem play.

Idioms

    no problem, (used as a conventional reply to a request or to express confirmation, affirmation, or gratitude).

Origin of problem

1350–1400; Middle English probleme < Latin problēma < Greek próblēma orig., obstacle, (akin to probállein to throw or lay before), equivalent to pro- pro-2 + -blē-, variant stem of bállein to throw (cf. parabola) + -ma noun suffix of result

Related forms

sub·prob·lem, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for no problem

problem

/ (ˈprɒbləm) /

noun

  1. any thing, matter, person, etc, that is difficult to deal with, solve, or overcome
  2. (as modifier)a problem child
a puzzle, question, etc, set for solution
maths a statement requiring a solution usually by means of one or more operations or geometric constructions
(modifier) designating a literary work that deals with difficult moral questionsa problem play

Word Origin for problem

C14: from Late Latin problēma, from Greek: something put forward; related to proballein to throw forwards, from pro- ² + ballein to throw
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Idioms and Phrases with no problem (1 of 2)

no problem


1

Also, no sweat; not to worry. There's no difficulty about this, don't concern yourself. For example, Of course I can change your tire—no problem, or You want more small change? no sweat, or We'll be there in plenty of time, not to worry. The first of these colloquial terms dates from about 1960 and the second from about 1950. The third, originating in Britain in the 1930s and using not to with the sense of “don't,” crossed the Atlantic in the 1970s.

2

You're welcome, as in Thanks for the ride, Dad.—No problem. [Late 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with no problem (2 of 2)

problem


see no problem.

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