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[pram] /præm/
noun, Chiefly British Informal.
Origin of pram1
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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  • Oh, no; girls, you know, are much too clever to fall out of their prams.

    Peter Pan James M. Barrie
  • An' if you're goin' anyway, you're safer in the big boat than in the 'prams.'

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • It's down in the lobby with the other prams; you must go down and see it.

    Married Life May Edginton
  • To-day was a holiday at the Board school, and the whole street teemed with prams.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for prams


(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 prams



"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).

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