from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sweet, chewy candy of molasses or brown sugar boiled until very thick and then pulled with the hands or by machine until the candy is glossy and holds its shape.
  • n. Informal Flattery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A soft, chewy candy made from boiled molasses or brown sugar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of candy made of molasses or brown sugar boiled down and poured out in shallow pans.
  • n. Flattery; soft phrases.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give taffy to; prevail upon by means of flattery: as, he was taffied into yielding.
  • n. A coarse kind of candy, made of sugar or molasses boiled down and then cooled in shallow pans, often mixed with the meats of various kinds of nuts, as almonds, etc.
  • n. Hence Crude compliment or flattery; cajolery; blarney; soft soap.
  • n. A Welshman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. chewy candy of sugar or syrup boiled until thick and pulled until glossy


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Also, slang for a Welshman.

    May 1, 2008

  • National Taffy Day: May 24. (National Go to the Dentist to Have Your Fillings Replaced Day: May 25.)

    November 8, 2007