[ preg-nuhnt ]
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  1. having a child or other offspring developing in the body; with child or young, as a woman or female mammal.

  2. fraught, filled, or abounding (usually followed by with): a silence pregnant with suspense.

  1. teeming or fertile; rich (often followed by in): a mind pregnant in ideas.

  2. full of meaning; highly significant: a pregnant utterance.

  3. of great importance or potential; momentous: a pregnant moment in the history of the world.

Origin of pregnant

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin praegnant- (stem of praegnāns), variant of praegnās, equivalent to prae-pre- + *gnāt- (akin to (g)nātus born, gignere to bring into being) + -s nominative singular ending

Other words from pregnant

  • preg·nant·ly, adverb
  • preg·nant·ness, noun

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[ preg-nuhnt ]

  1. convincing; cogent: a pregnant argument.

Origin of pregnant

1350–1400; Middle English preignant<Old French, present participle of preindre, earlier priembre to press1 <Latin premere.Cf. print Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pregnant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pregnant


/ (ˈprɛɡnənt) /

  1. carrying a fetus or fetuses within the womb

  2. full of meaning or significance

  1. inventive or imaginative

  2. prolific or fruitful

Origin of pregnant

C16: from Latin praegnāns with child, from prae before + (g) nascī to be born

Derived forms of pregnant

  • pregnantly, adverb

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