One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A four-wheeled carriage for a baby, pushed by a person on foot.
- ‘Mums are queuing up to get their hands on a classically designed pram favoured by royals and celebrities.’
- ‘Sure enough, it was time to upgrade our (perfectly fine) one seater pram to something that would accommodate TWO kids.’
- ‘If I hadn't had that pram in the hall, I would never have written anything.’
- ‘He has thrown the toys out of everyone else's pram and made sure they land in his.’
- ‘They also spoil the environment for cyclists, horse riders, walkers, pram pushers, dog walkers, picnickers, joggers et al.’
- ‘He said he only asked them to move their cars if they were parked on the pavement so a wheelchair or pram could get through.’
- ‘It may be an old bike; a surplus vacuum cleaner you don't know how to get rid of; a child's pram; or an old computer terminal or keyboard.’
- ‘Favourite toys in my childhood were dolls and a dolls' pram.’
- ‘It is not the cyclist, dog walkers, pram pushers, joggers or other users.’
- ‘Their special triplet pram turns heads, and one passing woman was so surprised when she saw the three little girls she dropped the pie she was eating.’
- ‘Everywhere you turned, there was stuff - pram, suitcase, kite, books, travel cot, wellies.’
- ‘John has attached old pram wheels to a wooden box so he can move easily among the raspberry canes without crippling his knees.’
- ‘And once the gates have gone, what about the paths beyond - or will they all be cemented over in case pram wheels get stuck in the mud.’
- ‘But now, the gate at the entrance to a public footpath has gone - because the city council feared it was restricting pram and pushchair users as well as wheelchair users.’
- ‘He said motorbikes and other motorised vehicles would be prohibited from using the route but the scheme would be wheelchair and pram friendly.’
- ‘These buses are designed with the whole community in mind and have low floors for easy access and wheelchair and pram access when required.’
- ‘The device would fit all sizes of pram or buggy, including three-wheelers, and was compact enough to fit into the overhead lockers on aeroplanes.’
- ‘The people we've had so far seem most interested in the train sets and the construction sets, but my personal favourite is the old dolls' pram.’
- ‘Not only are you doubling the size of your family in one fell swoop, just think of all the extra clothes and nappies, cots and that triple road train sized pram.’
- ‘However, it is a good idea to help your baby learn the difference between being asleep and being awake by putting him in a cot or pram when he is asleep, and moving him into another room, with company, when he wakes.’
Late 19th century: contracted abbreviation of perambulator.
1A flat-bottomed sailing boat.
- ‘On a sad note, the designer of the Opti pram passed away in December 2001, at the age of 86.’
- ‘The ASMA exhibition included exquisite scenes of children in Optimist prams, marinas, racing sailboats and a still life of a freshly caught trout, to name a few.’
- 1.1US A small flat-bottomed rowing boat for fishing.
Late Middle English: from Middle Dutch prame, Middle Low German prāme, perhaps from Czech prám ‘raft’.
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