Definition of toffee in English:



mass noun
  • 1A kind of firm or hard sweet which softens when sucked or chewed, made by boiling together sugar and butter, often with other ingredients or flavourings added.

    ‘a pound of walnut toffee’
    • ‘Refrigerate until the toffee is firm, about one hour.’
    • ‘A caramel apple double-dipped in white chocolate and crunchy toffee is the stuff of dreams.’
    • ‘The ramekin dish was topped with slices of banana and strawberry, but underneath the fruit someone had been a little heavy-handed with the blowtorch, and what should have been crispy toffee was actually burnt sugar.’
    • ‘But it's heavenly with chocolate pudding, adding flavours of dates, raisins and burnt toffee.’
    • ‘Apart from sharing Ann's selection, I settled for a piece of toffee and coffee cake.’
    • ‘If you are going to make your own sugar syrup, do any hot sugar work or make toffee, just remember that it gets fearsomely hot.’
    • ‘By the age of 10 I was boiling up fudge, toffee and Turkish delight with, it seemed to me, only the merest hint of adult supervision.’
    • ‘You can't buy chocolates, or toffee; flowers cost so much that I have to pick leaves instead.’
    • ‘Traditional bonfire treats including black peas, baked potatoes, parkin, toffee apples and treacle toffee were also on offer.’
    • ‘They are served with arequipe, milk cooked with sugar until it resembles toffee.’
    • ‘You'll be rewarded with deep flavor and candy that sets up perfectly every time, as in the case of our classic buttery almond toffee and our pretty cashew brittle.’
    • ‘She put caramel, toffee, and rich chocolate frosting into one brownie!’
    • ‘My one true passion at the time was to devour anything with abnormally large amounts of sugar, chocolate or toffee.’
    • ‘It was a combination of biscuit, toffee and chocolate with an icing decoration.’
    • ‘Generations of Scots have been weaned on the snack, which is actually a stack of wafers sandwiched together with toffee and coated in chocolate.’
    • ‘The banoffee pie featured dry, stick-to-your-teeth pastry without any flavour of butter and runny toffee which tasted like barely-caramelised condensed milk.’
    • ‘They are chocolate sweets with chewy toffee in the middle.’
    • ‘Then, at age eighteen, I thought I had at long last found the final frontier in a now-crunchy, now-melty mouthful of coffee-walnut toffee.’
    • ‘As confectionery, they differ depending on the temperature at which they are cooked: fudge is the softest, toffee firmer and caramel almost brittle.’
    • ‘To begin with, it was all puddings and cakes and sweets, and I would make fudge, toffee, nougat.’
    piece of confectionery, chocolate, bonbon, fondant
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    1. 1.1count noun A small shaped piece of toffee.
      • ‘Place the milk and toffees together in a saucepan and warm over a low heat, stirring, until smooth.’
      • ‘Combine the toffees and milk in a small heavy saucepan and cook over a low heat, stirring often, until the toffees melt.’
      • ‘I'm not madly keen on toffees, but anything with violets or ginger is more likely to end up in the bin.’
      • ‘A few children won prizes, and most others received freebies such as markers, toffees, and labels.’
      • ‘In our tablet we use both fresh and condensed milk, and we also rely on condensed milk for making our toffees and candies.’
      • ‘When we left, Nan gave me a whole bag of grandad's golden toffees.’
      • ‘You can find it in sodas, candies, toffees, even ice cream and chewing gum, but don't expect to get much of a dose.’
      • ‘The lychees are the modern eater's answer to a bag of toffees.’
      • ‘She leads me into Chinese sweet shops where, alongside usual offerings of chocolates and toffees, there are buckets of candied dried shrimps and sugared squid.’
      • ‘He shrugged, quickly, and stuffed the toffees back into his pocket.’
      • ‘But we must have looked so crestfallen that she smiled and gave us a toffee each.’
      • ‘Then, take one bite of apple and simultaneously pop a toffee into your mouth.’
      • ‘There were toffees and peppermint under my pillow this morning.’
      • ‘It had taken four hours to get hundreds of bars of chocolate, toffees and 600 packets of biscuits through a checkout.’
      • ‘But once, trying to answer a question thrown at him, he choked and spluttered on a treacle toffee.’
      • ‘Avoid or restrict sugary foods like chocolates, toffees, desserts etc.’
      • ‘Following recent takeovers, it has now extended its range to include wine gums, fruit pastilles, jelly beans and traditional boiled sweets, toffees and fudge.’
      • ‘I also got some advocaat toffees and I like those too.’
      • ‘The girl threw the toffees back at him and went to find her mother in a distressed state, the court was told.’
      • ‘When he was at school he would sell toffees that his mother had made as well.’
  • 2British dated, informal Nonsense; rubbish.

    ‘please don't expect me to fall for this load of old toffee’
    • ‘There's a lot of old toffee written and spoken about their almost torturous recording process, their suffering for their art and their shared obsession with getting everything aurally just so.’
    nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, blather, blether, moonshine
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  • not be able to do something for toffee

    • informal Be totally incompetent at doing something.

      ‘Jill said I couldn't sing for toffee’


Early 19th century: alteration of taffy.