Definition: Pregnant

From New World Encyclopedia


From Middle French (compare archaic modern French prégnant), from classical Latin praegnans, variant of praegnas, probably from prae- ‘pre-’ + gnasci ‘to be born’.


  • /ˈpɹɛgnənt/


  1. (not comparable) Carrying developing offspring within the body.
  2. (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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