Definition of preggers in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɛɡəz/


informal, chiefly British
(Of a woman) pregnant.
Example sentences
  • I know it really is important to look after your breasts when you're preggers - mastitis is an evil thing indeed.
  • I think it's an interesting option, actually, and one I'd probably go for if I found myself unexpectedly preggers and that option was available to me.
  • The same thing happened when I was at the animal hospital, too; two or three people got preggers there, sometime before I left.


1940s: abbreviation of pregnant + -ers.

  • rugby from mid 19th century:

    The game of rugby is named after Rugby School in Warwickshire, England, the public school where it was first played. According to tradition, in a school football match in 1823 a boy named William Webb Ellis first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, so originating the game. The informal name rugger was invented at Oxford University in, it seems, 1893. At the time there was a student craze for adding –er to the end of words, which gave us words such as soccer, brekkers (for ‘breakfast’), and preggers (for ‘pregnant’), as well as some that lasted only for a year or so, like Pragger-Wagger for the Prince of Wales, and even wagger-pagger-bagger for ‘wastepaper basket’. Ironically, the craze started at Rugby School, home of rugby.

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