Definition of perambulator in US English:



  • 1A machine, similar to an odometer, for measuring distances by means of a large wheel pushed along the ground by a long handle, with a mechanism for recording the revolutions.

  • 2British dated A baby carriage; a pram.

    • ‘She may look as though life has dealt her a pretty poor hand, but behold, there's a baby in that perambulator, so obviously the lucky mother now comprehends all that was previously ineffable.’
    • ‘In the clanky black perambulator was her latest babe.’
    • ‘If at all possible have your scatterbrained inventor associate construct some sort of battery-operated amphibious perambulator.’
    • ‘On traffic the laws say that no person shall bring into the parks any bicycle, skateboard, roller-skates, roller blades, or other vehicle, except an invalid chair, carriage or perambulator.’
    • ‘Indeed, hard pressed parents who stop for a chat as they push little Johnny or Joanie about in their perambulators should keep their eyes peeled… just in case.’


Early 17th century: from perambulate.