Definition of in the family way in English:

in the family way

phrase

informal
  • Pregnant.

    • ‘teens who want to get it on without getting in the family way’
    • ‘What are you going to do if she gets in the family way?’
    • ‘What seems possible is that Summer, having got Bridget pregnant, fell in with the precociously clever Jenny Jones and put her in the family way as well.’
    • ‘It's as simple as this: You don't walk out on a girl who's in the family way.’
    • ‘Working in a brothel it wasn't uncommon for a girl to end up in the family way and Eileen always quickly arranged to fix the problem.’
    • ‘Our mothers think it is a very odd thing that you would want to see your wife while she is in the family way.’
    expecting a baby, having a baby, with a baby on the way, having a child, expectant, carrying a child