or tof·fy

[taw-fee, tof-ee]

noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of toffee

Historical Examples of toffee

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for toffee



noun plural -fees or -fies

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 for toffee

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