Definition of cookie in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈkʊki/

noun (plural cookies)

1North American A sweet biscuit.
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 [with adjective] informal A person of a specified kind: she’s a tough cookie
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.
3Scottish A plain bun.
4 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 the way the situation is, and it must be accepted, however undesirable: ‘It’s so unfair.’ ‘That’s the way the cookie crumbles.’
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.


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

Words that rhyme with cookie

bookie, hookey, hooky, nooky, rookie

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: cookie

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.