taffy

[taf-ee]
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noun

a chewy candy made of sugar or molasses boiled down, often with butter, nuts, etc.
Informal. flattery.

Also toffee, toffy.

Origin of taffy

First recorded in 1810–20; variant of toffee
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Examples from the Web for taffy

Contemporary Examples of taffy

  • I made a painting of the scene with Katy licking an ice cream cone in a taffy forest.

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    Artist Will Cotton Talks Katy Perry

    Isabel Wilkinson

    February 6, 2011

  • Taffy Brodesser-Akner has written for the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Self, among other publications.

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    Confessions of a 90210 Addict

    Taffy Brodesser-Akner

    March 8, 2010

  • Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a devotee of 90210, Gossip Girl, and One Tree Hill, searches for answers.

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    Confessions of a 90210 Addict

    Taffy Brodesser-Akner

    March 8, 2010

  • Taffy Brodesser-Akner has written for the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Babble, among other publications.

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    Who's Killing the Soaps?

    Taffy Brodesser-Akner

    December 14, 2009

  • Erin Wasson speaks with a slow, gravelly drawl, chewing on her words like sticky pieces of taffy.

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    The Anti-Supermodel

    Rachel Syme

    March 11, 2009

Historical Examples of taffy

  • Taffy was not used to such toil, and his muscles were soon weary.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • "For Hapsie is not harmed by taffy as Laura is," Bob thought admiringly.

    Six Girls and the Tea Room

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • He is quite the least conceited art-duffer I ever met—and I have met many far worse duffers than Taffy.

    Trilby

    George Du Maurier

  • Next he handed each child a piece of taffy, and waited while it was adjusted in the cheek.

  • Taffy unlocked the door and held it half open while he listened.



British Dictionary definitions for taffy

taffy

noun plural -fies

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

Word Origin for taffy

C19: perhaps from tafia

Taffy

noun plural -fies

a slang word or nickname for a Welshman

Word Origin for Taffy

C17: from the supposed Welsh pronunciation of Davy (from David, Welsh Dafydd), a common Welsh Christian name
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Word Origin and History for taffy
n.

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.

Taffy

characteristic name of a Welshman, c.1700, from Teifi, Welsh corruption of David (q.v.).

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