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noun (plural taffies)

[mass noun]
1North American A sweet similar to toffee, made from brown sugar or treacle, boiled with butter and pulled until glossy.
Example sentences
  • We gorged ourselves on boardwalk treats: caramel apples, cotton candy, salt water taffy, hot waffles and ice cream.
  • This is expected if extensive reconnection is occurring, because as the magnetic fields stretch, the reconnection layer also stretches, like taffy being pulled.
  • November featured both All Saints' Day and Saint Catherine's Day, during which it was a French Canadian custom to pull taffy.
2US informal Insincere flattery: she told me that my music was perfectly wonderful, and taffy like that


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

  • toff from mid 19th century:

    This is perhaps an alteration of tuft, once a term for titled undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge, who wore a gold tassel on their caps—social climbers and toadies were called tuft-hunters from the mid 18th century. The associations of the word may have influenced toffee-nosed or ‘snobbish’, which was originally military slang. Toffee seems to have been a desirable commodity to soldiers during the First World War— not be able to do something for toffee, or be totally incompetent at it, is first recorded in 1914 in the mouth of a British ‘Tommy’. Toffee (early 19th century) is an alteration of taffy (early 19th century), now mainly used in North America for a sweet resembling toffee. The Taffy that is a name for a Welshman is quite different, representing a supposed Welsh pronunciation of the name David or Dafydd.

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Taffy 2 Line breaks: Taffy
(also Taffˈtafi)

noun (plural Taffies)

British informal, chiefly , derogatory
A Welshman (often as a form of address).
Example sentences
  • The place was packed - English, Scottish Irish and even a token Taff.
  • And besides, what do we English need the Jocks and Taffs and Micks for?
  • Gareth from Wales wishes it to be known that ‘us Taffs want Brazil to win as well’.


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

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