Definition of pregnant in English:

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pregnant

Pronunciation: /ˈprɛɡnənt/

adjective

1(Of a woman or female animal) having a child or young developing in the uterus: 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, having a baby, with a baby on the way, having a child, expectant, carrying a child;
French enceinte
informal expecting, in the family way, expecting a happy event, preggers, preggy, with a bun in the oven, with one in the oven, up the pole
British informal in the club, up the duff, in the pudding club, up the spout, up the stick
North American informal knocked up, having swallowed a watermelon seed
Australian informal preggo, clucky, with a joey in the pouch
informal, dated in trouble, in pod
archaic with child, heavy/big with child, in a delicate condition, in an interesting condition, childing, on the way
technical gravid, parturient
rare impregnate
North American rare infanticipating, storked
(be pregnant with) expect, carry, bear
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
filled, charged, heavy, fraught, replete, teeming;
full of, abounding in, rich in
meaningful, significant, eloquent;
suggestive, expressive, loaded, meaning, charged, pointed, telling, revealing, weighty

Derivatives

pregnantly

Pronunciation: /ˈprɛɡnəntli/
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with pregnant

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