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A bed consisting of a wooden frame strung with interlaced cords or webbing, used chiefly in South Asia.

[Hindi cārpāī and Urdu čārpā'ī, both from Persian cār-pāy, bedstead : cār-, four (from Old Iranian cathru-, four; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots) + pāy, foot (from Middle Persian pāy); see ped- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈtʃɑːpɔɪ) or


(Furniture) a bedstead of woven webbing or hemp stretched on a wooden frame on four legs, common in India
[C19: from Urdu cārpāī]



also char•pai


n., pl. -poys also -pais.
a light bedstead used in India.
[1835–45; < Urdu chārpāi < Persian]
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With the help of an uncle, he strapped his son to a charpai, tying one arm and one leg to the frame with uncovered electrical wires.
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This setting is further compounded by their poor living conditions as they are forced into the habit of open defecation, they also have to take their bath in open washroom with just a charpai (small bed) propped up to shed them.
I began this programme at my first visit: as soon as I have exchanged greetings with the five or six women who are seated in an outer verandha or in the courtyard, I take my seat on the charpai they offer and, at once, all the small girls and wee children and several neigboring women gather.
They took a charpai, filled with grass and broken utensils, covered with a white piece of cloth.
The youth arranged for a charpai ( cot) and carried the district collector and revenue divisional officer to the other side of the stream, braving waist- deep water.
A charpai is also provided to them at the rate of Rs 30 per night with no security.
AoIf I married, the doors would close,Ao Roshan, now 17, said as she perched on a charpai, a string cot.