Definition of cookie in English:

cookie

nouncookies

  • 1North American A sweet biscuit.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead of just cookies and cakes, there will be some sandwiches.’
    • ‘When patients couldn't pay, they sometimes brought him a homemade cake or cookies or fresh fruit.’
    • ‘Only, the characters here were real and not necessarily out on a picnic with sweet lemonade, ham sandwiches, home-made cookies and cakes.’
    • ‘The other squash we know and like is pumpkin, a winter squash used almost exclusively for pie in our country and to a lesser extent for baked goods such as breads, cakes and cookies.’
    • ‘For her, the most special family tradition is Christmas baking, which involves preparing delicious cakes and cookies for the whole family.’
    • ‘For example, it may simply add bulk to stews and stuffings, or nice moist textures to cakes, cookies and loaves.’
    • ‘Whole leaves ground to a fine spice-like powder can be used as seasoning or in backing recipes for breads, cookies, cakes, and muffins.’
    • ‘This may involve candy, some cake and/or cookies, alcohol if your workplace allows it, etc.’
    • ‘Enjoy the famous bake sale with homemade cakes, pies and cookies.’
    • ‘The new recipe produced some very flat cookies.’
    • ‘Then wrap up those cookies and cakes for neighbors, coworkers and friends - they make a great low-cost, thoughtful gift.’
    • ‘Why aren't we making the good stuff, like cookies or cake?’
    • ‘I know I shouldn't eat cakes and cookies, but are potatoes and corn OK?’
    • ‘She was an excellent cook, and she actually loved doing it, which was why there were always cakes and cookies to look forward to after school.’
    • ‘Keep in mind, too, that we don't generally eat an entire meal of walnuts but use them as a garnish or as flavor bursts in cookies and cakes.’
    • ‘I have experienced occasional heartburn after I have eaten sugary snacks like cake, pie and cookies.’
    • ‘Cloves and allspice are a festive combination, famous for flavoring holiday pies, cakes and cookies.’
  • 2informal A person of a specified kind.

    ‘she's a tough cookie’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once you've driven your flag into the North Pole, proven to yourself that you're actually a pretty tough cookie, what's the point in doing it again?’
    • ‘Of course, I had always known she was a tough cookie.’
    • ‘You're one tough cookie when it comes to forgiveness.’
    • ‘She's a smart cookie, a ‘tough cookie,’ as one character mockingly calls her.’
    • ‘You don't know what it's like until you're there, and I'm a pretty tough cookie myself.’
    • ‘But he is a very tough cookie indeed, having been brought up in the military atmosphere of West Point.’
    • ‘After all, I am used to seeing her as a pretty tough cookie.’
    • ‘Coles is a tough cookie, and that impresses his teammates the most.’
    • ‘Dylan's a tough cookie, and you can read all about it on his very engaging and frequently updated website.’
    • ‘Butler, a tough cookie if ever there was one, refused to crumble after he was diagnosed with lung cancer on July 4.’
    • ‘Jenn's one tough cookie but she has a heart of gold.’
    • ‘Vanessa Craft meets one tough cookie who's definitely in control.’
    • ‘They were tough cookies, some of them, really tough cookies but they were also terribly warm-hearted.’
    • ‘Besides, I'm a tough little cookie - you said so yourself.’
    • ‘The older women were tough cookies let me tell you.’
    • ‘Mr Gove is a smart cookie, and he is trying to suggest one.’
    • ‘Because - listen to this and believe it - you're a smart cookie.’
    person, human being, human, being, mortal, soul, creature, thing
  • 3Scottish A plain bun.

  • 4Computing
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The use of advertising cookies sent by third-party servers is standard in the Internet industry.’
    • ‘Companies using cookies and other internet tracking devices will have to provide information to users, giving them the chance to opt out.’

Phrases

    that's the way the cookie crumbles
    North American informal
    • 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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Oh well, I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles…’
      • ‘Unrealistic, but that's the way the cookie crumbles for me.’
      • ‘But that's the way the cookie crumbles as they say and I look back in pensive mood at those happier days when we were proud to have her as our MP.’
      • ‘I feel kinda bad for them too, but, hey, that's the way the cookie crumbles.’
      • ‘I was truly mourning the loss of a good party, but…that's the way the cookie crumbles.’
      • ‘But that's the way the cookie crumbles and more than a few fans will feel Montgomery's dropping is long overdue.’
      • ‘He felt angry at himself for letting that happen, but as the saying goes; that's the way the cookie crumbles.’

Origin

Early 18th century from Dutch koekje ‘little cake’, diminutive of koek.

Pronunciation

cookie

/ˈkʊki/