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Borrowed from Hindi चपरासी (caprāsī).


chaprasi (plural chaprasis)

  1. (India) An official of some kind, especially an important attendant or messenger in the household of an Indian landowner.
    • 1924, E. M. Forster, A Passage to India, Penguin 2005, p. 13:
      A servant in scarlet interrupted him; he was the chuprassy of the Civil Surgeon, and he handed Aziz a note.
    • 1934, George Orwell, chapter 22, in Burmese Days[1]:
      Two clerks who had witnessed the scene, and a chaprassi, were sent along to Mr Macgregor's office to corroborate the story. They lied in perfect unison.
    • 2004, Khushwant Singh, Burial at Sea, Penguin 2014, p. 78:
      Liveried chaprasis were bringing in wreaths to be placed on Mattoo's body, from the Governor General, Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, heads of industrial houses.