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The silence that occurs after someone has said or done something that leaves everyone who bore witness to the event speechless.

The first cousin of awkward silence.

A pregnant pause often occurs when something that requires a sarcastic response happens, but no one quite knows what to day or do.
In the middle of a group of people having a conversation, Michael picks his nose and then eats it. All conversation ceases.

(pregnant pause)
by jcsavestheday August 22, 2008
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Delay in speech used to give one time to consider the consequences of a statement.
John took the microphone and asked Sarah to marry him. There was a pregnant pause while he, and the 3000-strong audience, waited for an answer.

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Cars cause pollution that cause global warming..... (pregnant pause).... so when we need a pint of milk, maybe we should walk the 1/4 mile to the store instead of driving!
by MichelleM September 30, 2006
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When reading and sending email across Wide Area Network, sometimes there is a pregnant pause, where the application stops your world waits for the hourglass...
by justin4fun April 14, 2006
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