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 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 What to do: Follow the scent of fresh funnel cake and taffy to Mariner’s Pier (one of the handful of piers within the larger Morey's Pier complex) and hop on the massive carousel for a welcome hit of nostalgia. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Beaches in New Jersey for When You Need to Escape the City," 10 Mar. 2020 Why aren’t the taffy farmers signing a loyalty oath to me? Evan Waite, The New Yorker, "My Happy Place," 20 Feb. 2020 Not that a heavy hand in the offense wasn’t a Kelly strength at some of his previous stops and potentially at ND too, but the taffy pull that makes Notre Dame different in terms of demands coaxed that approach into obsolescence. Eric Hansen, Indianapolis Star, "Hansen: Naming Tommy Rees as offensive coordinator still doesn't complete ND's big picture," 15 Jan. 2020 The road is a vital connector to the Bay Bridge, as well as to baseball games at Oracle Park, taffy barrel shops and sea lions at the wharf, popular seafood restaurants, and the nearby Financial District. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Next bike barrier frontier: San Francisco’s bustling Embarcadero," 10 Feb. 2020 In my mouth, the kolodka turned ethereally gooey, like soft taffy. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "Arctic Dining: Think Frozen Sashimi, With a Side of Reindeer Blood," 9 Feb. 2020 Before the candy is put into the taffy stretcher, a large dollop of marshmallow is whipped—by hand!—into the base. Alex Pastron, Bon Appétit, "More Likely Than Not, I’ve Got One of These Taffies in My Pocket," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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27 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Taffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taffy. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce taffy (audio)

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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