from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small table for holding a tea service.
  • n. A small decorative three-legged table.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a small decorative table having three legs; sometimes used for holding a tea service

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ornamental stand, usually with three legs, having caddies for holding tea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, a small three-legged table or stand; hence, by extension, a small table for the tea-service, having three or four legs.


Hindi tipāī, alteration (influenced by Hindi tir, three) of Persian si-pāya, three : si, three; + Middle Persian pāī, foot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hindi तिपाई (tipāi), from Urdu تپائي (tipāʼī), from Sanskrit त्रि (trí, "three") + पाद (pā́da, "foot") + the nominalizing suffix -ʼī. (Wiktionary)


  • A teapoy is usually a hammock slung on a pole carried on the shoulders of natives.

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  • She set it on a glass-topped teapoy in front of the chair.

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  • On the teapoy on the right, were vases from the Ju

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  • Feeling his hand tired, he dropped the book he held, leant his head on a teapoy, and fell asleep.

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  • On the teapoy on the left, were spread out Wen Wang tripods, spoons, chopsticks and scent-bottles.

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  • She herself, nevertheless, felt too listless to join the banquet, so simply reclining on a sofa of the inner room, she looked at the plays in company with Mrs. Hsüeh; and choosing several kinds of such eatables as were to her taste, she placed them on a small teapoy, and now helped herself to some, and now talked, as the fancy took her.

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  • The rest of the inmates had, all alike, a chair and a teapoy.

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  • No table stood below the couch, but only a high teapoy.

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  • On the teapoy were arrayed cups, bowls, foreign cloth napkins and such things.

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  • Neither should any banquet be spread, but a high teapoy can be placed in front of each, with one or two things to suit our particular tastes.

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  • A memorable tiffin gives joy
    From the delicate gear you deploy.
    It's always more swank
    If the tea that you drank
    Was served from a little teapoy.

    June 28, 2016