Origin of teapoy

1820–30; < Hindi tīpāi, alteration (with t- from tir- three < Sanskrit tri) of Persian si-pāya three-legged stand
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Historical Examples of teapoy

  • Then the hypnotist asked us to remove our hands from the top of the teapoy.

  • After we had thus been seated for about five minutes there was a rap on the leg of the teapoy.

  • William Jaquith went to a certain corner and brought out a teapoy of violet wood, which he set down at the old lady's elbow.

    Mrs. Tree

    Laura E. Richards

  • I had never ridden in a teapoy before and now I began a continuous trip in one which lasted eight hours.

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson

  • I had none so the teapoy capita fished out a big red bandanna handkerchief, which he tied to a stick.

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson

British Dictionary definitions for teapoy


  1. a small table or stand with a tripod base
  2. a tea caddy on such a table or stand

Word Origin for teapoy

C19: from Hindi tipāī, from Sanskrit tri three + pāda foot; compare Persian sīpae three-legged stand
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