Share this entry

Share this page

pregnant

Line breaks: preg|nant
Pronunciation: /ˈprɛɡnənt
 
/

Definition of pregnant in English:

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;
Frenchenceinte
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
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
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

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.

Definition of pregnant in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?