family way
noun Date: 1796 condition of being pregnant — used with in and the or a <
she is in a family way
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  • family way — noun : condition of being pregnant used with in and the or a she is in the family way again Mary W. Shelley she gets herself in a family way and is then, as a matter of course, married off G.H.Shuster …   Useful english dictionary

  • family way — noun See in a family way …   Wiktionary

  • family way —    see in the family way …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • family way. — See family (def. 18). [1790 1800] * * * …   Universalium

  • family way. — See family (def. 18). [1790 1800] …   Useful english dictionary

  • family way — Inglish (Indian English) Dictionary euphemism for being pregnant …   English dialects glossary

  • family way — Pregnancy …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • family way, in the —  Pregnant …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • In a family way — Family Fam i*ly, n.; pl. {Families}. [L. familia, fr. famulus servant; akin to Oscan famel servant, cf. faamat he dwells, Skr. dh[=a]man house, fr. dh[=a]to set, make, do: cf. F. famille. Cf. {Do}, v. t., {Doom}, {Fact}, {Feat}.] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In the family way — Way Way, n. [OE. wey, way, AS. weg; akin to OS., D., OHG., & G. weg, Icel. vegr, Sw. v[ a]g, Dan. vei, Goth. wigs, L. via, and AS. wegan to move, L. vehere to carry, Skr. vah. [root]136. Cf. {Convex}, {Inveigh}, {Vehicle}, {Vex}, {Via}, {Voyage} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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