a small cake made from stiff, sweet dough rolled and sliced or dropped by spoonfuls on a large, flat pan (cookie sheet) and baked.
Informal. dear; sweetheart (a term of address, usually connoting affection).
a person: a smart cookie; a tough cookie.
an alluring young woman.
Computers. a message, or segment of data, containing information about a user, sent by a web server to a browser and sent back to the server each time the browser requests a Web page.
South Atlantic States (chiefly North Carolina) . a doughnut.
Scot. a bun.
toss/spill one's cookies, Slang. to vomit.
Also, cooky.

1695–1705; < Dutch koekie, dialectal variant of koekje, equivalent to koek cake + -je diminutive suffix Unabridged
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cookie or cooky (ˈkʊkɪ)
n , pl -ies
1.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): biscuit a small flat dry sweet or plain cake of many varieties, baked from a dough
2.  a Scot word for bun
3.  informal a person: smart cookie
4.  computing a piece of data downloaded to a computer by a website, containing details of the preferences of that computer's user which identify the user when revisiting that website
5.  informal that's the way the cookie crumbles matters are inevitably or unalterably so
[C18: from Dutch koekje, diminutive of koek cake]
cooky or cooky
[C18: from Dutch koekje, diminutive of koek cake]

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Word Origin & History

1703, Amer.Eng., from Du. koekje "little cake," dim. of koek "cake," from M.Du. koke (see cake). Slang application to persons attested since 1920. Phrase that's the way the cookie crumbles "that's the way things happen" is from 1957.
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Science Dictionary
cookie   (kk'ē)  Pronunciation Key 
A collection of information, usually including a username and the current date and time, stored on the local computer of a person using the World Wide Web, used chiefly by websites to identify users who have previously registered or visited the site. Cookies are used to relate one computer transaction to a later one.
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Computing Dictionary

cookie definition

1. HTTP cookie.
2. A handle, transaction ID, or other token of agreement between cooperating programs. "I give him a packet, he gives me back a cookie".
The ticket you get from a dry-cleaning shop is a perfect mundane example of a cookie; the only thing it's useful for is to relate a later transaction to this one (so you get the same clothes back).
Compare magic cookie; see also fortune cookie.
3. A cracker term for the password list on a multi-user computer.
4. An adjective describing a computer that just became toast.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Idioms & Phrases


see hand in the till (cookie jar); that's how the ball bounces (cookie crumbles); toss one's cookies.

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Example sentences
It seems terribly unfair, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
Lift one edge of the cookie and fold it so the cookie forms a semicircle.
Press your thumb into center of each cookie ball, making a small well.
The cookie could have crumbled differently, is my point.
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