taf·​fy | \ˈta-fē \
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

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Myofascial release is a technique in which a practitioner slowly stretches your fascia, similar to stretching a piece of taffy. Leslie Goldman, Woman's Day, "More Women Have Fibromyalgia Than Breast Cancer," 10 Sep. 2017 Several players are also doing last-second neck and back exercises because, according to Senior Bowl lore, that's how Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson managed to taffy-stretch himself above 5-10 at this event in 2012. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Morning Line: Celebrating three years of Jillian The Magnificent and Ryan Mavriplis," 27 June 2018 Vendors also sell everything from cranberry cheese to cranberry sausage, cranberry candies, fudge and taffy, dried cranberries and cranberry jams. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 food festivals that offer a glimpse of Wisconsin specialties and local culture," 6 June 2018 The pageant is an extended advertisement not for taffy shops on the boardwalk, or now for a particular Beautiful Bathing Girl, but indeed for the opposite: for the Beautiful Bathing Girl, as a general idea. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Miss America 2.0: The Inner Beauty Pageant?," 5 June 2018 His father’s best year amounted to about 9,000 pounds of taffy. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Zeno’s Boardwalk Sweet Shop celebrates 70 years - and National Taffy Day," 23 May 2018 The stuffed roll would be sold wrapped like a taffy in white parchment paper twisted at both ends. Nik Sharma, San Francisco Chronicle, "A Brown Kitchen: Savory Lamb Swirl Buns," 16 Mar. 2018 The skin flap is then stretched down and taut (think pulling taffy), a new hole is made for your belly button, and excess skin is cut away. Hallie Levine, Redbook, "Would You Get A "Mommy Tuck" ?," 14 Mar. 2011 Sucked into the machine, my nipples looked like long, pink taffy, stretched and then milked. Meaghan O'connell, Longreads, "A Certain Kind of Mammal," 10 Apr. 2018

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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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taffy pull



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English Language Learners Definition of taffy

: a type of soft and chewy candy


taf·​fy | \ˈta-fē \
plural taffies

Kids Definition of taffy

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

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