Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

cookie

[koo k-ee]
See more synonyms for cookie on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a small cake made from stiff, sweet dough rolled and sliced or dropped by spoonfuls on a large, flat pan (cookie sheet) and baked.
  2. Informal. dear; sweetheart (a term of address, usually connoting affection).
  3. Slang.
    1. a person: a smart cookie; a tough cookie.
    2. an alluring young woman.
  4. 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.
  5. South Atlantic States (chiefly North Carolina ). a doughnut.
  6. Scot. a bun.
Show More
Idioms
  1. toss/spill one's cookies, Slang. to vomit.
Show More
Sometimes cook·y.

Origin of cookie

1695–1705; < Dutch koekie, dialectal variant of koekje, equivalent to koek cake + -je diminutive suffix
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

waferbiscuitconfection

Examples from the Web for cookie

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • There was always an open sesame to the cookie jar and the apple barrel.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

  • The girl studied him for a moment, then she picked up a cookie and gave it to him.

    Foundling on Venus

    John de Courcy

  • You know this is the first day of school and you can't run for a cookie if you get hungry.

    Patchwork

    Anna Balmer Myers

  • "Only eight," mumbled Myra, with her mouth full of cookie crumbs.

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown

  • It was a fact that Cayke the Cookie Cook was not a heavy person.


British Dictionary definitions for cookie

cookie

cooky

noun plural -ies
  1. US and Canadian a small flat dry sweet or plain cake of many varieties, baked from a doughAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): biscuit
  2. a Scot word for bun
  3. informal a personsmart 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. that's the way the cookie crumbles informal matters are inevitably or unalterably so
Show More

Word Origin

C18: from Dutch koekje, diminutive of koek cake
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cookie

n.

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cookie in Science

cookie

[kukē]
  1. 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.
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Idioms and Phrases with cookie

cookie

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

Show More
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.