Definition: Pregnant

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From pregnant from Middle English preignant, from Old French preignant, pregnant, also prenant (compare archaic Modern French prégnant), and their source, Latin praegnāns (“pregnant”), probably from prae- (“pre-”) + *gnāscī, an archaic form of nāscī (“to be born”). Displaced Old English bearnēacen (literally "child-enlarged").


pregnant (comparative more pregnant, superlative most pregnant)

  1. (chiefly not comparable) Carrying developing offspring within the body.
    She went to the doctor and found out she was pregnant.
  2. (comparable) Having many possibilities or implications; full of promise; abounding in ability, resources, etc.
    a pregnant pause

Derived terms

  • barefoot and pregnant
  • pregnant pause
  • pregnant woman


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