Definition of


  1. (noun, food) chewy candy of sugar or syrup boiled until thick and pulled until glossy

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Alternate forms of Taffy

Hyponyms: molasses taffy

Hypernyms: candy, confect

Origin of the word Taffy

  1. candy made from sugar or molasses, 1817, related to toffee, but of uncertain origin; perhaps associated with tafia (1763), a rum-like alcoholic liquor distilled from molasses, presumably of W.Indian or Malay origin (perhaps a Creole shortening of ratafia). On this theory, the candy would have been made from the syrup skimmed off the liquor during distillation. more
  2. characteristic name of a Welshman, c.1700, from Teifi, Welsh corruption of David (q.v.). more

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