American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British A baby carriage.
- n. Chiefly New England A small dinghy having a flat, snub-nosed bow.
- n. A flatbottom boat used chiefly in the Baltic Sea as a barge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flat-bottomed boat or lighter, used in the Netherlands and the Baltic ports for loading and unloading merchant vessels.
- n. Milit., a similar barge or lighter mounted with guns, and used as a floating battery.
- n. A perambulator.
- n. A sort of push-cart for carrying milk on a route to customers.
- n. UK, Australia, New Zealand A small vehicle, usually covered, in which a newborn baby is pushed around in a lying position; a perambulator.
- n. nautical, historical A flat-bottomed barge used on shallow shores to convey cargo to and from ships that cannot enter the harbour.
- n. nautical, historical A similar barge used as platform for cannons in shallow waters which seagoing warships cannot enter.
- n. A type of dinghy with a flat bow.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around
- Dutch praam ("a flat-bottomed boat"). (Wiktionary)
- Shortening and alteration of perambulator.Dutch praam, flatbottom boat, from Middle Dutch praem, from Czech prám. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A woman leavers a child in pram outside a chemist's shop and goes in.”
“Throwing the toys out of the pram is putting it mildly but this is censorship by any other name and of the worst possible kind.”
“Don's eyes widened when he saw that it was a Martian's "pram" - the self-propelled personal environment without which a Martian cannot live either on Earth or Venus.”
“* rant over - picks up toys, puts them back in pram*”
“Throwing your toys out of the pram is the most you have managed to do.”
“We had a rough time getting the stuff away undamaged by the sea, but the pram was a wonderful sea-boat and we took it in turns to work her through the surf until everything was away.”
“I don't know how many Norah turned – but when Dad and I got to the spot she was sitting on a thick mat of grass, laughing like one o'clock, and the pram was about half a mile away on the flat with its wheels in the air!”
“Most of us Americans can translate "pram" and "lorry" and "flats" but ... say, is there a dictionary of British-isms somewhere?”
“In other words, there are more options available than swapping the "pram" of EU membership for the "reins" of associate membership.”
“It's called "Most Haunted" and I'm reasonably sure it's British as the Most Haunted crew all speak with Brit accents and say things like "pram" and "higgledee-piggledee" and are hanging out somewhere in Essex.”
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