See also: prégnant


Alternative formsEdit


  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛɡnənt/
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English preignant, from Old French preignant, pregnant, also prenant (compare archaic Modern French prégnant), and their source, Latin praegnāns (pregnant), probably from prae- (pre-) + gnascī (to be born). Displaced Old English bearnēacen (literally "child-increased").


pregnant (comparative more pregnant, superlative most pregnant)

  1. (chiefly not comparable) Carrying developing offspring within the body.
    • 2017 July 13, Bonnie Rochman, “Mothers-To-Be Aren’t Told Enough About Genetic Testing”, in Time[1]:
      Once upon a time, not so long ago, women got pregnant and spent nine months in suspense before finding out if they were having a boy or a girl. But today? That waiting game is completely outdated, even quaint.
    I went to the doctor and, guess what, I’m pregnant!
    1. Of a couple: 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
  3. (poetic) Fertile, prolific (usually of soil, ground, etc.).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene,
      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.
  5. (obsolete) Ready-witted; clever; ingenious.
Derived termsEdit


pregnant (plural pregnants)

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

Etymology 2Edit

Apparently from Middle French pregnant, preignant (pressing, compelling), present participle of prembre (to press), from Latin premere (to press).


pregnant (comparative more pregnant, superlative most pregnant)

  1. (now rare) Compelling; clear, evident. [from 14th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, I.18:
      Peregrine was in a little time a distinguished character, not only for his acuteness of apprehension, but also for that mischievous fertility of fancy, of which we have already given such pregnant examples.



Borrowed from Middle French pregnant, from Old French pregnant, from Latin praegnāns.


  • IPA(key): /prɛxˈnɑnt/
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  • Hyphenation: preg‧nant
  • Rhymes: -ɑnt


pregnant (comparative pregnanter, superlative pregnantst)

  1. poignant, incisive
  2. meaningful, polysemic
  3. (obsolete) important


Inflection of pregnant
uninflected pregnant
inflected pregnante
comparative pregnanter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial pregnant pregnanter het pregnantst
het pregnantste
indefinite m./f. sing. pregnante pregnantere pregnantste
n. sing. pregnant pregnanter pregnantste
plural pregnante pregnantere pregnantste
definite pregnante pregnantere pregnantste
partitive pregnants pregnanters



Borrowed from German prägnant and French prégnant.



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

  1. pregnant (having many possibilities or implications)