Definition of chaprasi in English:


nounPlural chaprasis

  • A junior office worker who carries messages.

    ‘his uncle sent the office chaprasi to show him the way’
    • ‘Around 93% of our civil service comprises clerks and chaprasis.’
    • ‘India suffers from a dire shortage of officers and delivery staff combined with a vast excess of clerks, messengers and chaprasis.’
    • ‘His eyes seemed to say, ‘Don't degrade yourself to thank a mere chaprasi.’’
    • ‘The chaprasi would prove our ladder to infiltrating the higher reaches of the Defence bureaucracy.’
    • ‘No wonder we have so many highly qualified people working as chaprasis and what not.’


From Hindi, from caprās, denoting a metal identity badge worn by messengers or orderlies.