taf·​fy | \ ˈta-fē How to pronounce taffy (audio) \
plural taffies

Definition of taffy

1 : a boiled candy usually of sugar, molasses or corn syrup, butter, and often vinegar and vanilla that is pulled until porous and glossy
2 : insincere flattery

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Examples of taffy in a Sentence

the magazine's profiles of showbiz celebrities tend to be pure taffy
Recent Examples on the Web The flat taffy candy was invented by marketing director Steve Bruner in 1985 for Van Melle, Inc. (now Perfetti Van Melle) in Erlanger, where it is still manufactured. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "Food brands you didn’t know are from Cincinnati," 2 Apr. 2021 These folks have been sweetening lives here since the early 1950s, and the taffy recipe hasn't changed a whit. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, "Plan Your Best Vacation Ever," 9 Mar. 2021 Molten glass rolled out the other end, then was pulled like taffy and cut into windows for Model Ts, Model As and other Ford cars built at the plant. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Did Ford make car windows of sand mined from under its St. Paul plant?," 15 Jan. 2021 But a winter snowstorm is a perfect time to whip up a favorite treat called sugar on snow, or maple taffy. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "25 fun things to do this winter," 19 Nov. 2020 The next few seconds stretched into minutes that stretched into hours, all a taffy of numbness. Sarah Stewart Johnson, The New Yorker, "A Scientist’s Reckoning with the Cruelty of Chance," 4 Oct. 2020 Because what adolescent doesn’t love the thrills and chills of a group taffy pull? Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Movie adaptation of bestselling 'The Secret' not worth whispering about," 30 July 2020 One survivor was an almost two-ton taffy machine, which is still in use. Chris Lindsley, Washington Post, "Rehoboth Beach’s Funland: A timeless treasure," 2 Aug. 2019 This area is Mother Nature's own experiment in salt-water taffy shapes, carved in a Ben & Jerry's palette of colors. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1995 Land Rover Defender 90 Goes Nowhere, Man," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of taffy

circa 1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for taffy

origin unknown

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The first known use of taffy was circa 1817

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10 Apr 2021

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“Taffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taffy. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of taffy

US : a type of soft and chewy candy


taf·​fy | \ ˈta-fē How to pronounce taffy (audio) \
plural taffies

Kids Definition of taffy

: a candy made usually of molasses or brown sugar boiled and pulled until soft

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