From Middle French (compare archaic modern French prégnant), from classical Latin praegnans, variant of praegnas, probably from prae- ‘pre-’ + gnasci ‘to be born’.
- (not comparable) Carrying developing offspring within the body.
- (comparable) Having many possibilities or implications.
- (carrying developing offspring):
- (standard): expecting, expecting a baby, expectant, gravid (of animals only), with child, fertilized
- (colloquial/slang): eating for two, having a bun in the oven, in the family way, knocked up, preggers, up the duff
- (euphemistic): in an interesting condition, in the family way
- (having many possibilities or implications): meaningful, significant
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