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taffy

[taf-ee] /ˈtæf i/
noun
1.
a chewy candy made of sugar or molasses boiled down, often with butter, nuts, etc.
2.
Informal. flattery.
Also, toffee, toffy.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; variant of toffee
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Examples from the web for taffy
  • taffy, caramel and nougat stick to teeth longer than plain chocolates.
  • All she wanted was something to eat maybe a hot dog and fries followed by a piece of salt water taffy for dessert.
British Dictionary definitions for taffy

taffy

/ˈtæfɪ/
noun (pl) -fies
1.
(US & Canadian) a chewy sweet made of brown sugar or molasses and butter, boiled and then pulled so that it becomes glossy
2.
(mainly US & Canadian) a less common term for toffee
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from tafia

Taffy

/ˈtæfɪ/
noun (pl) -fies
1.
a slang word or nickname for a Welshman
Word Origin
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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Encyclopedia Article for taffy

flavoured syrup candy of Europe and the Americas that is cooked and then rigorously worked during cooling into a hard, chewy, glossy mass. Although the great 19th-century demand for taffy gave way in the mid-20th century to the popularity of chocolates and caramels, taffy remained widely available in its original "penny candy" form of small, colourfully wrapped pieces.

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