taffy

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


Origin:
1810–20; variant of toffee

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taffy (ˈtæfɪ)
 
n , 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.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a less common term for toffee
 
[C19: perhaps from tafia]

Taffy (ˈtæfɪ)
 
n , pl -fies
a slang word or nickname for a Welshman
 
[C17: from the supposed Welsh pronunciation of Davy (from David, Welsh Dafydd), a common Welsh Christian name]

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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.

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