pram

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Origin of pram

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First recorded in 1880–85; by shortening

pram

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[prahm]
noun
  1. a flat-bottomed, snub-nosed boat used as a fishing vessel or tender for larger vessels.

Origin of pram

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for pram

pram

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noun
  1. British a cot-like four-wheeled carriage for a babyUS and Canadian term: baby carriage

Word Origin for pram

C19: shortened and altered from perambulator

pram

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noun
  1. 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 for pram

C16: from Middle Dutch prame; related to Old Frisian prām
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Word Origin and History for pram
n.

"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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