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pregnant Syllabification: preg·nant
Pronunciation: /ˈpreɡnənt/

Definition of pregnant in English:


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.
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?
full of, filled with, charged with, heavy with, fraught with, replete with, rich in, abounding in
meaningful, significant, suggestive, expressive, charged


Pronunciation: /ˈpreɡnən(t)lē/
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.


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

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