from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Informal Flattery.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To give taffy to; prevail upon by means of flattery: as, he was taffied into yielding.
  • noun A Welshman.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Hence Crude compliment or flattery; cajolery; blarney; soft soap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

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  • Also, slang for a Welshman.

    May 1, 2008