- a chewy candy made of sugar or molasses boiled down, often with butter, nuts, etc.
- Informal. flattery.
Origin of taffy
Examples from the Web for toffy
No one ever backed Toffy, and no one believed in his best efforts.
The worst of it was that Toffy encouraged her in everything she said and did.
And Toffy determined that Mrs. Avory should have a good time for once.
It was not Toffy's fault upon this occasion that the motor-car came to grief.
Toffy was a man who could accommodate himself to every change of circumstance.
- US and Canadian a chewy sweet made of brown sugar or molasses and butter, boiled and then pulled so that it becomes glossy
- mainly US and Canadian a less common term for toffee
- a slang word or nickname for a Welshman
- a sweet made from sugar or treacle boiled with butter, nuts, etc
- for toffee (preceded by can't) informal to be incompetent at a specified activityhe can't sing for toffee
Word Origin and History for toffy
1825, tuffy, toughy, southern British dialectal variant of taffy. Modern spelling first recorded 1862.
characteristic name of a Welshman, c.1700, from Teifi, Welsh corruption of David (q.v.).
candy made from sugar or molasses, 1817, related to toffee, but of uncertain origin; perhaps associated with tafia (1763), a rum-like alcoholic liquor distilled from molasses, presumably of W.Indian or Malay origin (perhaps a Creole shortening of ratafia). On this theory, the candy would have been made from the syrup skimmed off the liquor during distillation.