- 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 pregnantMore example sentences
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 poleNorth American • informal knocked up, having swallowed a watermelon seed• 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• rare impregnateNorth American • rare infanticipating, storked(be pregnant with) expect, carry, bear
- 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.
- 2Full of meaning; significant or suggestive: a pregnant pause a development pregnant with implicationsMore 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?
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- 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'.