Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small vehicle, usually covered, in which a newborn baby is pushed around in a lying position; a perambulator.
  • n. A flat-bottomed barge used on shallow shores to convey cargo to and from ships that cannot enter the harbour.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See praam.
  • n. a perambulator{3}; -- British informal shortened form.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around

Etymologies

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)
Shortening of perambulator. (Wiktionary)
Dutch praam ("a flat-bottomed boat"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A woman leavers a child in pram outside a chemist's shop and goes in.

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  • 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.

    Well, well, well indeed

  • 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.

    Between Planets

  • * rant over - picks up toys, puts them back in pram*

    Today

  • Throwing your toys out of the pram is the most you have managed to do.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • 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.

    South with Scott

  • 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!

    A Little Bush Maid

  • Most of us Americans can translate "pram" and "lorry" and "flats" but ... say, is there a dictionary of British-isms somewhere?

    Oh dear...

  • In other words, there are more options available than swapping the "pram" of EU membership for the "reins" of associate membership.

    Raising the game

  • 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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