a flat-bottomed, snub-nosed boat used as a fishing vessel or tender for larger vessels.
Origin 1540–50 (late 14th century in AL); < Dutchpraam,Middle Dutchprame, praem (compare Middle Low Germanpram(e), Old Frisianpram,GermanPrahm) < Slavic; compare Czechprám,Polishprom,Russianparóm,Serbo-Croatianprȁm ferryboat, raft, cognate with Old High Germanfarm boat, raft, Old Norsefarmr freight, cargo; akin to fare, ferry
(Brit) US and Canadian term: baby carriage a cot-like four-wheeled carriage for a baby
[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
[C16: from Middle Dutch prame; related to Old Frisian prām]