Definition of cookie in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkʊki

noun (plural cookies)

  • 1North American A sweet biscuit.
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.’
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  • 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.

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