Share this entry

Share this page

pregnant

Syllabification: preg·nant
Pronunciation: /ˈpreɡnənt
 
/

Definition of pregnant in English:

adjective

1(Of a woman or female animal) having a child or young developing in the uterus: a pregnant woman she was heavily pregnant with her second child she was six months pregnant
More example sentences
  • The practice of screening all pregnant women for syphilis in every pregnancy should continue.
  • In the United Kingdom over a quarter of pregnant women who smoke continue to do so during pregnancy.
  • Back at the centre there is a call from a young pregnant woman requiring telephone advice.
Synonyms
expecting a baby, expectant, carrying a child
informal expecting, in the family way, with a bun in the oven, knocked up
informal preggie
informal, dated in trouble
archaic with child
technical parturient, gravid
2Full of meaning; significant or suggestive: a pregnant pause a development pregnant with implications
More example sentences
  • This muteness is unsettling, somehow pregnant with infinite meaning and utterly devoid of any at all.
  • The direction perks up in the second half but overall allows too many pregnant pauses by the actors.
  • Fortunately, Shane comes to the rescue with a well timed pregnant pause - or is he asleep?
Synonyms
full of, filled with, charged with, heavy with, fraught with, replete with, rich in, abounding in
meaningful, significant, suggestive, expressive, charged

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin praegnant-, probably from prae 'before' + the base of gnasci 'be born'.

Derivatives

pregnantly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • He paused pregnantly and then added: ‘I genuinely mean that.'
  • The audio is a perfectly timed machine-noise fugue that pops, clicks, squawks and, every so often, pauses pregnantly.

Words that rhyme with pregnant

regnant

Definition of pregnant in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day gourmand
Pronunciation: ˈɡʊəmənd
noun
a person who enjoys eating…