Definition of cookie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈko͝okē/

noun (plural cookies)

1North American A small sweet cake, typically round, flat, and crisp.
Example sentences
  • But we don't have to give up the delicious combination of creamy icing and crisp chocolate cookie.
  • The preparations will include varieties of rice items, sweets, fried items, cookies, cakes and juices.
  • People set aside time to make cookies, cakes, and decorations.
2 informal A person of a specified kind: a tough cookie with one eye on her bank account
More example sentences
  • It is a waiting game and a praying game but he is a tough cookie.
  • If they say I'm a tough cookie, it's because they're sloppy.
  • But Andy is a tough cookie, and he is sticking it out.
3 Computing A packet of data sent by an Internet server to a browser, which is returned by the browser each time it subsequently accesses the same server, used to identify the user or track their access to the server.
Example sentences
  • Some servers use cookies to track users from site to site, and some use them to uncover the identity of the user.
  • He had failed to grasp the fact that the browser itself stores the cookies on the user's hard drive.
  • The main purpose of a cookie is to identify users and possibly prepare customized Web pages for them.


that's the way the cookie crumbles

informal, chiefly North American That’s how things turn out (often used of an undesirable but unalterable situation).
Example sentences
  • Because that's the way the cookie crumbles, boy.
  • Sorry, that's the way the cookie crumbles.
  • It's crass and I apologize, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.


Early 18th century: from Dutch koekje 'little cake', diminutive of koek.

Words that rhyme with cookie

bookie, hookey, hooky, nooky, rookie

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Syllabification: cook·ie

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