Roald Dahl Word of the Week: perambulator




Plural: perambulators

Definition: an old-fashioned word for a pram

Example: ‘Slowly, almost lazily, the shark opened its mouth (which was big enough to have swallowed a perambulator) and made a lunge at the peach.’ – James and the Giant Peach

Did you know? Perambulator means ‘around walker’. It comes from Latin ambulare ‘to walk’ which also gives us words like ambulance (because an ambulance is a ‘moving’ hospital). In North America, prams are called strollers, which means almost the same thing as perambulator.


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