a chewy candy made of sugar or molasses boiled down, often with butter, nuts, etc.
Informal. flattery.
Also, toffee, toffy.

1810–20; variant of toffee Unabridged


[taw-fee, tof-ee]
Also, toffy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To toffy
World English Dictionary
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]

toffee or toffy (ˈtɒfɪ)
n , pl -fees, -fies
1.  a sweet made from sugar or treacle boiled with butter, nuts, etc
2.  informal (preceded by can't) for toffee to be incompetent at a specified activity: he can't sing for toffee
[C19: variant of earlier taffy]
toffy or toffy
[C19: variant of earlier taffy]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

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.

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

characteristic name of a Welshman, c.1700, from Teifi, Welsh corruption of David (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Words
Related Searches
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature