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or toffy

[taw-fee, tof-ee] /ˈtɔ fi, ˈtɒf i/
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  • Exploring expeditions were fitted out to find the edge of the toffee.

  • The figs and dates and toffee were set out in the doll's dinner service.

    New Treasure Seekers

    E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • Meantime they both looked and tasted like toffee, and smelt like toffee too.

    Katharine Frensham Beatrice Harraden
  • And for toffee and shortcake there is not the like of her in the whole village of Edam.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • No, let me p-p-put the toffee in my pocket; it will console me for all the lost joys of life.

    The Gadfly E. L. Voynich
  • There's sugar in toffee and in jam, and they're hot, leastways they're hot to be made.

    Little Miss Peggy Mrs. Molesworth
  • No, not the very one—they've got that at the other place, and the piece of toffee the baby sucked.

    Voces Populi F. Anstey
  • And the fellows fought me because I wouldn't give in about the toffee.

    Vocal Expression

    Katherine Jewell Everts
British Dictionary definitions for toffee


noun (pl) -fees, -fies
a sweet made from sugar or treacle boiled with butter, nuts, etc
(preceded by can't) (informal) for toffee, to be incompetent at a specified activity: he can't sing for toffee
Word Origin
C19: variant of earlier taffy
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Word Origin and History for toffee

1825, tuffy, toughy, southern British dialectal variant of taffy. Modern spelling first recorded 1862.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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