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taffy

[ taf-ee ]
/ ˈtæf i /
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noun, plural taf·fies.
a chewy candy made of sugar or corn syrup boiled down with butter or oil, pulled or stretched back and forth to incorporate air bubbles, then rolled, twisted, and cut into pieces.
Informal. flattery.
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Origin of taffy

First recorded in 1815–25; northern English dialect variant of toffee;see origin at toffee
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British Dictionary definitions for taffy (1 of 2)

taffy
/ (ˈtæfɪ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for taffy (2 of 2)

Taffy
/ (ˈtæfɪ) /

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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