pregnant

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See also: prégnant

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛɡnənt/
  • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

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-) + gnascī (to be born). Displaced Old English bearnēacen (literally "child-increased").

Adjective[edit]

pregnant (comparative more pregnant, superlative most pregnant)

  1. (chiefly not comparable) Carrying developing offspring within the body.
    • 2017 July 13, Bonnie Rochman, “Mothers-To-Be Aren’t Told Enough About Genetic Testing”, in Time[1]:
      Once upon a time, not so long ago, women got pregnant and spent nine months in suspense before finding out if they were having a boy or a girl. But today? That waiting game is completely outdated, even quaint.
    I went to the doctor and, guess what, I’m pregnant!
    1. Of a couple: expecting a baby together.
      We are pregnant.
  2. (comparable) Having numerous possibilities or implications; full of promise; abounding in ability, resources, etc.
    a pregnant pause
  3. (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.
  5. (obsolete) Ready-witted; clever; ingenious.
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Noun[edit]

pregnant (plural pregnants)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

Apparently from Middle French pregnant, preignant (pressing, compelling), present participle of prembre (to press), from Latin premere (to press).

Adjective[edit]

pregnant (comparative more pregnant, superlative most pregnant)

  1. (now rare) Compelling; clear, evident. [from 14th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, I.18:
      Peregrine was in a little time a distinguished character, not only for his acuteness of apprehension, but also for that mischievous fertility of fancy, of which we have already given such pregnant examples.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French pregnant, from Old French pregnant, from Latin praegnāns.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /prɛxˈnɑnt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: preg‧nant
  • Rhymes: -ɑnt

Adjective[edit]

pregnant (comparative pregnanter, superlative pregnantst)

  1. poignant, incisive
  2. meaningful, polysemic
  3. (obsolete) important

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of pregnant
uninflected pregnant
inflected pregnante
comparative pregnanter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial pregnant pregnanter het pregnantst
het pregnantste
indefinite m./f. sing. pregnante pregnantere pregnantste
n. sing. pregnant pregnanter pregnantste
plural pregnante pregnantere pregnantste
definite pregnante pregnantere pregnantste
partitive pregnants pregnanters

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German prägnant and French prégnant.

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pregnant m or n (feminine singular pregnantă, masculine plural pregnanți, feminine and neuter plural pregnante)

  1. pregnant (having many possibilities or implications)

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