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or cooky

[koo k-ee] /ˈkʊk i/
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).
  1. a person:
    a smart cookie; a tough cookie.
  2. 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.
Origin of cookie
1695-1705; < Dutch koekie, dialectal variant of koekje, equivalent to koek cake + -je diminutive suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for cookie
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  • cookie often said that a fire was the most exciting thing a reporter could be sent to cover.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • The girl studied him for a moment, then she picked up a cookie and gave it to him.

    Foundling on Venus John de Courcy
  • He ate the pieces of cookie and the cabbage leaves they gave him, and bleated to ask for more.

    The Curlytops Snowed In Howard R. Garis
  • "We know that, already," answered Cayke the cookie Cook, impatiently.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • So Twinkle flew up and crept into her basket again, quickly returning with a bit of cookie in her claw.

    Policeman Bluejay L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for cookie


noun (pl) -ies
(US & Canadian) a small flat dry sweet or plain cake of many varieties, baked from a dough Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) biscuit
a Scot word for bun
(informal) a person: smart cookie
(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
(informal) that's the way the cookie crumbles, matters are inevitably or unalterably so
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch koekje, diminutive of koek cake
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cookie

1703, American English, from Dutch koekje "little cake," diminutive of koek "cake," from Middle Dutch koke (see cake (n.)). Slang application to persons attested since 1920. Phrase that's the way the cookie crumbles "that's the way things happen" is from 1957.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cookie in Science
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for cookie



  1. (also cookee) A cook or cook's helper (1840s+)
  2. A person who prepares opium for smoking; opium addict (1950s+ Narcotics)
  3. An attractive young woman (1920+)
  4. A person; gal, guy •Most often modified by smart or tough: ''What do you really want?'' Smart cookie (1930+)
  5. (also cookies) The female genitals; vulva (1950s+ Black)
  6. A base hit: knowing I was going to get at least one cookie every game (1970s+ Baseball)
  7. A short line of text added to one's computer upon accessing a Web site, to identify the user

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gripe one's ass, that's the way the ball bounces, tough cookie

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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cookie in Technology

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 and Phrases with cookie
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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