One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British dated A baby carriage; a pram.
- ‘A huge chart had various action poses of the pachyderm such as catching butterflies, fishing, sleeping, walking with shorts, pushing a baby elephant in a perambulator and sitting on a drum eating ice cream.’
- ‘But his father sat still, smiling mildly, swathed in the blanket, like a baby in a perambulator.’
- ‘The fist-fighters of to-day are like babies wheeled about in their perambulators.’
- ‘Only the coaches and perambulators are in motion.’
- ‘In fact, in many ways, his ejection of playthings from his perambulator has left me free to make vastly superior new arrangements concerning a couple of products, much to my satisfaction.’
2humorous, formal A person who walks, especially for pleasure and in a leisurely way.
Early 17th century (in perambulator (sense 2)): from perambulate.
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