an odometer pushed by a person walking.
a person who makes a tour of inspection on foot.

Origin of perambulator

1605–15; < Medieval Latin: inspector, surveyor; see perambulate, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for perambulator

Historical Examples of perambulator

  • I ain't a baby, nor a perambulator neither, to be pushed about by you.

    Archie's Mistake

    G. E. Wyatt

  • Poor Dahlia, she'll be frightened when she sees the perambulator gone.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • Mr. Trew gazed for a few moments at a baby in a perambulator.

    Love at Paddington

    W. Pett Ridge

  • Fort stood at the end of the perambulator, and looked at that other fellow's baby.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • With his foot he drew the perambulator a little nearer to him.

    Old Valentines

    Munson Aldrich Havens

British Dictionary definitions for perambulator



a formal word for pram 1
a wheel-like instrument used by surveyors to measure distances
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Word Origin and History for perambulator

1610s, "one who perambulates," agent noun in Latin form from perambulate. Sense of "baby carriage" is first recorded 1856; often colloquially shortened to pram.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper