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

Examples of taffy in a Sentence

the magazine's profiles of showbiz celebrities tend to be pure taffy
Recent Examples on the Web Tootsie Roll still thrives selling its chocolate taffy candy 115 years after its 1907 debut. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Sagittarius A* is stretching some nearby celestial objects like taffy, as black holes are wont to do, but those objects are hundreds of times bigger than models predict. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 12 May 2022 Among naked-rat nobles, the blood-filtering organ, which houses, nurtures, and manufactures a menagerie of immune cells, tends to be quite buxom and elongated, as if pulled lengthwise like taffy. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2022 At last night’s Grammy awards, best progressive R&B album nominee Eric Bellinger skipped a shirt beneath his taffy green suit. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 4 Apr. 2022 Now, envision connective tissue as a combination of duct tape and taffy that can be stretched, but not easily. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 17 Feb. 2022 This season, a new exhibit will celebrate Carnival food, including food trucks, mystic society dinners and the MoonPies, taffy, ramen noodles, peanuts and other food often thrown from floats. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 Unlike many smaller Oregon coast towns that are confined to a single strip or a few restaurants, Seaside is chock-full of storefronts where visitors can buy beach clothes, taffy, smoked salmon or a bite to eat. oregonlive, 30 Jan. 2022 The other features funnel cake mix, popcorn, taffy, honey sticks, deep-fried Oreo mix and a souvenir mug. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 See More

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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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28 May 2022

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“Taffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taffy. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for taffy


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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