One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small three-legged table or stand, especially one that holds a tea caddy.
- ‘Cots, chairs, teapoys, swings, television stand, sofa - the choice is wide in cane.’
- ‘All elements are placed on antique looking furniture, teapoys, plant stands and traditional Irani chairs.’
- ‘While a sofa set consisting of two pairs of cushioned chairs and a small teapoy is priced at Rs.22,500, a television stand is priced Rs.4,950.’
- ‘Tables, chairs, dining tables and teapoys made of wood as well as cane with glass tops priced from Rs.250 onwards are there in the fair.’
- ‘Besides, they also have teapoys, telephone stands, mirror frames, puja stands, television stands, cots and room-partitions with designer carvings of floral patterns.’
Early 19th century: from Hindi tī- ‘three’ + Urdu and Persian pāī ‘foot’, the sense and spelling influenced by tea.
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