family way


: condition of being pregnant
used with in and the or a
she is in a family way

Examples of family way in a Sentence

noticing the telltale bump, we guessed that she was in the family way again
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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of family way was in 1688

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Cite this Entry

“Family way.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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