pregnant

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English preignant, from Old French preignant, pregnant, also prenant (compare archaic Modern French prégnant), partly from Old French preindre, priembre ‎(to press), from Latin premere ‎(to press), and partly from Classical Latin praegnans, variant of praegnas, probably from prae- ‎(pre-) + gnascī ‎(to be born).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pregnant ‎(comparative more pregnant, superlative most pregnant)

  1. (not comparable) Carrying developing offspring within the body.
    I went to the doctor and, guess what, I'm pregnant!
  2. (comparable) Having numerous possibilities or implications; full of promise; abounding in ability, resources, etc.
    a pregnant pause
    • Shakespeare
      wherein the pregnant enemy does much
  3. (now poetic) Fertile, prolific (usually of soil, ground etc.).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.vi:
      The sunne-beames bright vpon her body playd, / Being through former bathing mollifide, / And pierst into her wombe, where they embayd / With so sweet sence and secret power vnspide, / That in her pregnant flesh they shortly fructifide.
  4. (obsolete) Affording entrance; receptive; yielding; willing; open; prompt.
    • Shakespeare
      Pregnant to good pity.

Synonyms[edit]

Hyponyms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

pregnant ‎(plural pregnants)

  1. A pregnant woman.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dunglison to this entry?)

Romanian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pregnant m nom/acc forms

  1. pregnant, having many possibilities or implications