One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light bedstead.
- ‘I had my charpoy in the station master's office: I didn't dare go back to my house.’
- ‘We sit cross-legged, facing each other, on a charpoy - a bedstead - in the middle of the farmyard.’
- ‘In winter, log fires blaze amidst the charpoys scattered around for people to sit on, chat, and enjoy the shows and dances.’
- ‘Inside the gate the maintenance staff, three or four men, sat idly on a charpoy.’
- ‘They sat on charpoys, heads lowered, hands cupped around their faces.’
Mid 17th century: from Urdu cārpāī ‘four-legged’, from Persian.
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