Stroller or pushchair

A stroller is the North American and Australian term for an item used to push babies or small children from place to place. A stroller is chair-like, perched on wheels, and typically folds for easy storage or transport in the trunk of a car. The word stroller seems to have come into popular use in the 1920s.

Pushchair is the British term for a chair-like, wheeled item used to push babies or small children from place to place. A pushchair is the same thing as a stroller.

The word stroller may also indicate a person who walks in a leisurely fashion. In South Africa, a stroller is a homeless child, living on the streets. Stroller might also refer to an itinerant actor or other performer, though the term is seldom used now.



Amanda DiSanza was picking out some squash with her 1 1/2-year-old daughter Artemis, who watched Farmer Joe from her stroller. (Savannah Morning News)

A Racine man is facing a felony theft charge after he was allegedly caught using a baby stroller to shoplift close to $700 in merchandise from Harbor Freight Tools. (Journal Times)

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the folding hinge that appears on the sides of the stroller “can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.” (USA Today)


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  1. Danielle says:

    In some states of Australia the preferred term for a pushchair is a ‘pusher’

  2. CaeruleaTigris says:

    I’m Australian and I don’t think I’ve personally ever called any baby or small child carrier with wheels anything other than a pram. There’s to many god damned names >.<

  3. Tracee Harvard says:

    I am South African and as far as I am aware, we do not call young children who walk the streets strollers. We call them street urchins or street kids.

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