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").
- (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:
- 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 That waiting game is completely outdated, even quaint.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!
- Of a couple: expecting a baby together.
- We are pregnant.
- (comparable) Having numerous possibilities or implications; full of promise; abounding in ability, resources, etc.
- a pregnant pause
- 2019 January 26, Kitty Empire [pseudonym], “The Streets review – the agony and ecstasy of a great everyman”, in Katharine Viner, editor, The Guardian, London: Guardian News & Media, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 8 April 2019:
- The many tear-jerkers deal with finality, with death and the end of love, with a stoicism pregnant with feeling.
- (poetic) Fertile, prolific (usually of soil, ground, etc.).
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book III, Canto VI”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC:
- 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.
- (obsolete) Affording entrance; receptive; yielding; willing; open; prompt.
- c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene iv]:
- play at subtill games; faire vertues all;
To which the Grecians are most prompt and pregnant
- (obsolete) Ready-witted; clever; ingenious.
- (carrying offspring (standard)): expecting, expecting a baby, expectant, gravid (of animals only), with child, fertilized
- (carrying offspring (colloquial/slang)): eating for two, having a bun in the oven, in a family way, knocked up, preggers, up the duff, up the spout
- (carrying offspring (euphemistic)): in an interesting condition, in a family way
- (having many possibilities or implications): meaningful, significant
- See also Thesaurus:pregnant
- (carrying developing offspring): in trouble
pregnant (plural pregnants)
- A pregnant person.
- 1843, William Robert Wilde, Austria: Its Literary, Scientific, and Medical Institutions:
- The Entbundenen, or those already delivered, are separate from those pregnants awaiting their accouchement
- (now rare) Compelling; clear, evident. [from 14th c.]
- 1751, [Tobias] Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle […], volumes (please specify |volume=I to IV), London: Harrison and Co., […], →OCLC:
- 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.
|Inflection of pregnant|
- pregnant (clear and pithy, of an expression, language, or the like)
- striking (distinctive, pronounced)
|Inflection of pregnant|
|1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.|
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic