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From Middle English preignant, from Old French preignant, pregnant, also prenant (compare archaic Modern French prégnant), partly from Old French preindre, priembre (to press), from Latin premere (to press), and partly from Classical Latin praegnans, variant of praegnas, probably from prae- (pre-) + gnascī (to be born).

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pregnant (comparative more pregnant, superlative most pregnant)

  1. (chiefly not comparable) Carrying developing offspring within the body.
    I went to the doctor and, guess what, I'm pregnant!
    1. Expecting a baby together.
      We are pregnant.
  2. (comparable) Having numerous possibilities or implications; full of promise; abounding in ability, resources, etc.
    a pregnant pause
    • Shakespeare
      wherein the pregnant enemy does much
  3. (now poetic) Fertile, prolific (usually of soil, ground etc.).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.vi:
      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.
  4. (obsolete) Affording entrance; receptive; yielding; willing; open; prompt.
    • Shakespeare
      Pregnant to good pity.

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pregnant (plural pregnants)

  1. A pregnant woman.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dunglison to this entry?)

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from German prägnant and French prégnant.

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pregnant m, n (feminine singular pregnantă, masculine plural pregnanți, feminine and neuter plural pregnante)

  1. pregnant (having many possibilities or implications)

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