Definition of expectant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspektənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspektənt//
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  1. 1hoping for something, especially something good and exciting children with expectant faces waiting for the fireworks to begin A sudden roar came from the expectant crowd. An expectant hush came over the room.
  2. 2expectant mother/father/parent used to describe somebody who is going to have a baby soon or become a father Smoking by expectant mothers may increase the chances of brain damage in their babies.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin exspectant- ‘expecting’, from the verb exspectare ‘look out for’, from ex- ‘out’ + spectare ‘to look’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: expectant