noun a small three-legged table or stand, especially one that holds a tea caddy.
C19: from Hindi tī- 'three' + Urdu and Pers. pāī 'foot', the sense and spelling influenced by tea.

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  • Teapoy — A teapoy is an item of furniture used in the 19th Century for storing tea. A teapoy usually consisted of a lockable box attached to a stand or three legged table. They were used when tea was a valuable commodity, and was important enough to be… …   Wikipedia

  • teapoy — noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu tipāī Date: 1828 1. a 3 legged ornamental stand 2. [influenced by tea] a stand or table containing a tea chest or caddy and used for supporting a tea set; also tea caddy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • teapoy — /tee poy/, n. 1. a small three legged table or stand. 2. a small table for use in serving tea. [1820 30; < Hindi tipai, alter. (with t from tir three < Skt tri) of Pers si paya three legged stand] * * * …   Universalium

  • teapoy — noun a small decorative table having three legs; sometimes used for holding a tea service …   Wiktionary

  • teapoy — see FOOT …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • teapoy —    (TEE poy) [Hindi] A small, three legged table suitable for serving tea …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • teapoy — tea·poy …   English syllables

  • teapoy — tea•poy [[t]ˈti pɔɪ[/t]] n. 1) fur a small three legged table or stand 2) fur a small table for use in serving tea • Etymology: 1820–30; < Hindi tīpāi alter. (with t from tir three < Skt tri) of Pers si pāya three legged stand …   From formal English to slang

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