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[pram] /præm/
noun, Chiefly British Informal.
Origin of pram1
First recorded in 1880-85; by shortening


[prahm] /prɑm/
a flat-bottomed, snub-nosed boat used as a fishing vessel or tender for larger vessels.
1540-50 (late 14th century in AL); < Dutch praam, Middle Dutch prame, praem (compare Middle Low German pram(e), Old Frisian pram, German Prahm) < Slavic; compare Czech prám, Polish prom, Russian paróm, Serbo-Croatian prȁm ferryboat, raft, cognate with Old High German farm boat, raft, Old Norse farmr freight, cargo; akin to fare, ferry Unabridged
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  • Having laid the mine under the floe, they placed themselves abaft with the “pram,”1 in order to haul in the string of the fuse.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • Scotty kept the binoculars working, but there was no sign of a pram.

  • Took her round and got Hermy in the pram, and did the shopping.

    Happy House Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
  • He wondered if perhaps the pram had nothing to do with the attack on Duke and Jerry.

  • "So I think," acceded R——, sitting down quietly in the after part of his pram, and dangling his crossed leg.

  • He pushed the pram down to the end of the road and round the corner.

    Just William Richmal Crompton
  • Annoyed at the prolonged halt, it seized its pram cover, pulled it off its hooks, and threw it into the road.

    Just William Richmal Crompton
  • He took a piece of string from his pocket and tied the pram carefully to the railings.

    Just William Richmal Crompton
British Dictionary definitions for pram


(Brit) a cot-like four-wheeled carriage for a baby US and Canadian term baby carriage
Word Origin
C19: shortened and altered from perambulator


(nautical) a light tender with a flat bottom and a bow formed from the ends of the side and bottom planks meeting in a small raised transom
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch prame; related to Old Frisian prām
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Word Origin and History for pram

"baby carriage," 1881, shortening of perambulator, perhaps influenced by pram "flat-bottomed boat" especially a type used in the Baltic (1540s), from Old Norse pramr, from Balto-Slavic (cf. Polish prom, Russian poromu "ferryboat," Czech pram "raft"), from PIE *pro-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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