adjective \ˈpreg-nənt\

of a woman or female animal : having a baby or babies developing inside the body

: filled with meaning or emotion because of what is going to happen or be said

Full Definition of PREGNANT

archaic :  cogent
:  abounding in fancy, wit, or resourcefulness :  inventive <all this has been said … by great and pregnant artists — Times Literary Supplement>
:  rich in significance or implication <the pregnant phrases of the Bible — Edmund Wilson> <a pregnant pause>
:  containing a developing embryo, fetus, or unborn offspring within the body :  gravid
:  having possibilities of development or consequence :  involving important issues :  momentous <draw inspiration from the heroic achievements of that pregnant age — Kemp Malone>
obsolete :  inclined, disposed <your own most pregnant and vouchsafed ear — Shakespeare>
:  full, teeming
preg·nant·ly adverb

Examples of PREGNANT

  1. She got pregnant soon after her marriage.
  2. There was a pregnant pause before the winner was announced.

Origin of PREGNANT

Middle English, from Latin praegnant-, praegnans carrying a fetus, alteration of praegnas, from prae- pre- + -gnas (akin to gignere to give birth to) — more at kin
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to PREGNANT

Rhymes with PREGNANT


adjective \ˈpreg-nənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PREGNANT

: containing a developing embryo, fetus, or unborn offspring within the body : gestating, gravid


Next Word in the Dictionary: pregnate
Previous Word in the Dictionary: pregnancy
All Words Near: pregnant

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up pregnant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More