- 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 taffy
I made a painting of the scene with Katy licking an ice cream cone in a taffy forest.Artist Will Cotton Talks Katy Perry
February 6, 2011
Taffy Brodesser-Akner has written for the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Self, among other publications.
Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a devotee of 90210, Gossip Girl, and One Tree Hill, searches for answers.
Taffy Brodesser-Akner has written for the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Babble, among other publications.Who's Killing the Soaps?
December 14, 2009
Erin Wasson speaks with a slow, gravelly drawl, chewing on her words like sticky pieces of taffy.The Anti-Supermodel
March 11, 2009
This is the test that is made for taffy and other hard candies.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Taffy was not used to such toil, and his muscles were soon weary.
There, in the faint, red light, Taffy discerned a great cave.
By this time, Taffy was so eager for treasure, that he spoke up at once.
Taffy was the name of this fellow from Denbigh, in Wales, and he was a drover.
- 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
Word Origin and History for taffy
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.
characteristic name of a Welshman, c.1700, from Teifi, Welsh corruption of David (q.v.).