[preg-nuh nt]


having a child or other offspring developing in the body; with child or young, as a woman or female mammal.
fraught, filled, or abounding (usually followed by with): a silence pregnant with suspense.
teeming or fertile; rich (often followed by in): a mind pregnant in ideas.
full of meaning; highly significant: a pregnant utterance.
of great importance or potential; momentous: a pregnant moment in the history of the world.

Nearby words

  1. pregnancy gingivitis,
  2. pregnane,
  3. pregnanediol,
  4. pregnanedione,
  5. pregnanetriol,
  6. pregnantly,
  7. preheat,
  8. prehensible,
  9. prehensile,
  10. prehension

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

Related formspreg·nant·ly, adverbpreg·nant·ness, noun


[preg-nuh nt]

adjective Archaic.

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pregnant



carrying a fetus or fetuses within the womb
full of meaning or significance
inventive or imaginative
prolific or fruitful
Derived Formspregnantly, adverb

Word Origin for pregnant

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

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Word Origin and History for pregnant
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Medicine definitions for pregnant




Carrying developing offspring within the body.

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