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taffy

[taf-ee]
noun
  1. a chewy candy made of sugar or molasses boiled down, often with butter, nuts, etc.
  2. Informal. flattery.
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Also toffee, toffy.

Origin of taffy

First recorded in 1810–20; variant of toffee

toffee

or tof·fy

[taw-fee, tof-ee]
noun
  1. taffy.
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Examples from the Web for toffy

Historical Examples

  • It's been going on so long, Jane, and you 've all been so sorry for Mrs. Avory, and so sorry for Toffy.'

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan

  • He found that Toffy and Ross were still enjoying their afternoon siesta.

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan

  • It was not Toffy's fault upon this occasion that the motor-car came to grief.

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan

  • No one ever backed Toffy, and no one believed in his best efforts.

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan

  • It was like Toffy to remember to put a lamp where he could see it!

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan


British Dictionary definitions for toffy

taffy

noun plural -fies
  1. US and Canadian a chewy sweet made of brown sugar or molasses and butter, boiled and then pulled so that it becomes glossy
  2. mainly US and Canadian a less common term for toffee
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Word Origin

C19: perhaps from tafia

Taffy

noun plural -fies
  1. a slang word or nickname for a Welshman
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Word Origin

C17: from the supposed Welsh pronunciation of Davy (from David, Welsh Dafydd), a common Welsh Christian name

toffee

toffy

noun plural -fees or -fies
  1. a sweet made from sugar or treacle boiled with butter, nuts, etc
  2. for toffee (preceded by can't) informal to be incompetent at a specified activityhe can't sing for toffee
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Word Origin

C19: variant of earlier taffy
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Word Origin and History for toffy

toffee

n.

1825, tuffy, toughy, southern British dialectal variant of taffy. Modern spelling first recorded 1862.

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Taffy

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

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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.

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