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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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TAFFIE, n. Also taffy (Dmf. 1834 Carlyle Letters (Norton 1888) II. 241; e.Lth. 1892 J. Lumsden Sheep-Head 39; Rxb. 1954 Hawick News (18 June) 7), toaffee. Sc. forms, also in n.Eng. dial. and U.S. = Eng. toffee, which is recorded later. [′tɑfe, obsol. exc. s.Sc.; ′tofe] As in Eng.; also  “a sweetmeat eaten only on Hallowe'en” (Dmf. 1825 Jam.). Sc. combs.: toffee-aiple, an apple dipped in slightly candied sugar and held on a stick to be eaten; toffee bool, a ball of flavoured toffee eaten mainly by children; taffie-join, a social gathering held by young people who club together to buy treacle for making toffee (Sc. 1893 N.E.D. s.v. Candy, n.1; ‡Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), also in n.Eng. dial.; taffie knot, = taffie-bool; tafffie-shine = taffie-join; taffie-strap, a long flat stick of toffee.Sc. 1835 Wilson's Tales of the Borders I. 134:
Taffy, or what some ca' treacle-candy.
Dmf. 1912 J. Hyslop Echoes 260:
The story of Yid Gambie's “taffy-join” .
Edb. 1926 A. Muir Blue Bonnet i., xi.:
A gloriously decked toffee-bool. . . . A yard or so of stickjaw toffee-straps.
Fif. 1939 St Andrews Cit. (18 March) 4:
Wud ye like a toffee-aipple?
s.Sc. 1947 L. Derwent Clashmaclavers 76, 87:
She aye pits in some taffy knots. . . . Aiblins a taffy-aipple sweet.
Gsw. 1990 John and Willy Maley From the Calton to Catalonia 21:
Ah gied him a look that wid've melted toaffee.

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"Taffie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 26 May 2024 <>



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