Definition of cookie in English:


Syllabification: cook·ie
Pronunciation: /ˈko͝okē

noun (plural cookies)

1North American A small sweet cake, typically round, flat, and crisp.
More 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.
More 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.


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


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).
More 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.

Definition of cookie in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day deictic
Pronunciation: ˈdeɪktɪk
denoting a word whose meaning depends on context...