- having (an) offspring developing in the uterus; that has conceived; with young or with child
- mentally fertile; prolific of ideas; inventive
- productive of results; fruitful: a pregnant cause
- full of meaning, significance, etc.: a pregnant silence
- filled (with); abounding
Origin of pregnantMiddle English preignant ; from Classical Latin pregnans (gen. pregnantis), heavy with young ; from prae-, before (see pre-) + base of Old Latin gnasci, to be born (see genus)
- Carrying developing offspring within the body.
- a. Weighty or significant; full of meaning: a conversation occasionally punctuated by pregnant pauses.b. Of great or potentially great import, implication, or moment: “It was a politically pregnant time in Poland” (New York).
- Filled or fraught; replete: “This was, from the Party's point of view, both deplorable in itself and pregnant with danger for the future” (Robert Conquest).
- Having a profusion of ideas; creative or inventive.
- Producing results; fruitful: a pregnant decision.
Origin of pregnantMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin praegnans, praegnant-, variant of praegnas; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of pregnantMiddle English, probably from Old French preignant, present participle of prembre, to press, from Latin premere; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more pregnant, superlative most pregnant)
- (not comparable) Carrying developing offspring within the body.
- I went to the doctor and, guess what, I'm pregnant!
- (comparable) Having numerous possibilities or implications; full of promise; abounding in ability, resources, etc.
- a pregnant pause
- (now poetic) Fertile, prolific (usually of soil, ground etc.).
- (carrying developing offspring): in trouble
- A pregnant woman.
From Middle English preignant, from Old French preignant, pregnant, also prenant (compare archaic Modern French prÃ©gnant), 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-") + gnascÄ« (“to be born").