Main definitions of taffy in English

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taffy1

noun

mass noun
  • 1North American A sweet similar to toffee, made from brown sugar or treacle, boiled with butter and pulled until glossy.

    • ‘I felt like I was starting to fall into a vat of twisting, turning taffy; just like the kinds you would see at the fair.’
    • ‘She looked over to see Leslie giving a reluctant child a piece of saltwater taffy.’
    • ‘November featured both All Saints' Day and Saint Catherine's Day, during which it was a French Canadian custom to pull taffy.’
    • ‘The pages for January show children sledding with homemade wooden sleds, roasting apples over an open fire and pulling taffy.’
    • ‘His legs felt like taffy: thin, ropy strands that had been pulled too far.’
    • ‘They made one last stop at the small pink and white striped salt-water taffy shop that sold the best salt-water taffy that could be imagined.’
    • ‘Think of taffy: When it's cold and you try to bend it, it breaks.’
    • ‘We watched the flame-colored taffy spin in the dark puddles.’
    • ‘Good calamari is like good taffy: stretchy and tasty.’
    • ‘By weight taffy is about 40% sucrose and hard candy is about 80%.’
    • ‘Looking at a paper, he found his locker; put his hand on the lock, only to realize there was taffy intentionally stuck there.’
    • ‘This is expected if extensive reconnection is occurring, because as the magnetic fields stretch, the reconnection layer also stretches, like taffy being pulled.’
    • ‘It felt like my mouth had a huge piece of taffy in it and just would not come unstuck.’
    • ‘Steel, even this thick, should have pulled apart like taffy.’
    • ‘Antonia would make cookies or taffy for them and then tell stories about her life on the country or what she remembered of Bohemia.’
    • ‘They visited a few obscure shops, that turned out to be awesome, including a little old-fashioned taffy shop, where they made fresh taffy each hour, in so many different flavours.’
    • ‘We gorged ourselves on boardwalk treats: caramel apples, cotton candy, salt water taffy, hot waffles and ice cream.’
    • ‘Carefully he pulled out a small velvet bag, which inside contained of variety of saltwater taffies.’
    • ‘Their bodies are nearly indestructible, and can twist and turn into any design, like taffy.’
    • ‘Heavyweight oil can take on the consistency of taffy in cold temperatures and drag down a battery in a hurry, so plan to switch to a lighter grade of oil if you're flying into sub-zero conditions.’
  • 2US informal Insincere flattery.

    ‘she told me that my music was perfectly wonderful, and taffy like that’

Origin

Early 19th century: earlier form of toffee, ultimate origin unknown.

Pronunciation

taffy

/ˈtafi/

Main definitions of taffy in English

: taffy1Taffy2

Taffy2

(also Taff)

noun

British
derogatory, informal
  • A Welshman (often as a form of address).

Origin

Mid 17th century: representing a supposed Welsh pronunciation of the given name Davy or David ( Welsh Dafydd).

Pronunciation

Taffy

/ˈtafi/