taf·​fy ˈta-fē How to pronounce taffy (audio)
plural taffies
: a boiled candy usually of sugar, molasses or corn syrup, butter, and often vinegar and vanilla that is pulled until porous and glossy
: insincere flattery

Examples of taffy in a Sentence

the magazine's profiles of showbiz celebrities tend to be pure taffy
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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of taffy was circa 1817

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“Taffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taffy. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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taf·​fy ˈtaf-ē How to pronounce taffy (audio)
plural taffies
: a candy usually of molasses or brown sugar boiled and pulled until soft and chewy

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