taffy

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Probably related to tafia (kind of rum).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtæ.fi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æfi

Noun[edit]

taffy (countable and uncountable, plural taffies)

  1. (US) A soft, chewy candy made from boiled sugar, molasses, or corn syrup and butter.
  2. (informal) Flattery.
    • 1881, Mark Twain, Unfinished Burlesque on Books of Etiquette:
      [] if these statistices should seem to fail to tally with the facts, in places, do not nudge your neighbor, or press your foot upon his toes, or manifest, by any other sign, your awareness that taffy is being distributed.
    • 1912, Upton Sinclair, The Machine[1]:
      Cut out the taffy. Who's your friend?

Usage notes[edit]

  • Taffy is a soft candy invented in the United States and known as "chews" or "chewy sweets" in the United Kingdom. It is not to be confused with toffee.

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References[edit]

  • taffy”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary