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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 of taffy
1810-1820
1810-20; variant of toffee

toffee

or toffy

[taw-fee, tof-ee] /ˈtɔ fi, ˈtɒf i/
noun
1.
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  • toffy was one of the few men who in many years had trusted him, and he had been a good friend to Dick.

    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'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
  • And toffy determined that Mrs. Avory should have a good time for once.

    Peter and Jane S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
  • Constable toffy did his best to make the matter clear to the miller, but failed utterly.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • It was not toffy's fault upon this occasion that the motor-car came to grief.

    Peter and Jane S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
  • Old-fashioned sweets were sold in it, and the place was long known as “Granny Bird's toffy shop.”

  • toffy was a man who could accommodate himself to every change of circumstance.

    Peter and Jane S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
  • Constable toffy was shown into his study, and then the Vicar followed him.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • He found that toffy and Ross were still enjoying their afternoon siesta.

    Peter and Jane S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
British Dictionary definitions for toffy

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

toffee

/ˈtɒfɪ/
noun (pl) -fees, -fies
1.
a sweet made from sugar or treacle boiled with butter, nuts, etc
2.
(preceded by can't) (informal) for toffee, to be incompetent at a specified activity: he can't sing for toffee
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.

Taffy

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

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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