Cookie definition

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(computers) 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.
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A small, usually flat and crisp cake made from sweetened dough.
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(slang) A person, usually of a specified kind.

A lawyer who was a tough cookie.

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The definition of a cookie is a sweet treat that is typically round and flat, a term used to refer to a person with some distinguishing characteristic, or a packet of information sent over the Internet that allows websites to identify a return user.

A sweet chocolate chip treat is an example of a cookie.

A person who is strong and resilient is an example of someone who might be described as a tough cookie.

The information your computer sends and receives when you sign into a website that tells the site who you are the next time you go back is an example of a cookie.

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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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(scot.) A bun.
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(comput.) A small file placed automatically by a website or an online service onto the hard disk of someone accessing that website or service, for the purpose of storing information about and later recognizing that user.
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A person, esp. one qualified as tough, smart, shrewd, etc.
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An attractive young woman.
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Contrary to what some individuals think, cookies are not in themselves a security risk. They are simply small bits of data that are commonly transmitted from a Web server to a Web browser. Cookies can also be entirely processed client-side. The browser stores the message in a text file, and each time the browser requests from the server a particular page, the message is sent back to the server. One of the most widely known uses of cookies is to personalize a Website for users. That is, when users enter a Website, they may be asked to complete forms indicating their name and certain particulars. Instead of seeing a generic welcome page, users are later greeted with a page including their identifiers stored in the cookies. Nevertheless, there is controversy surrounding cookies. For example, cookies can be accessed, read, and used by malicious Websites unintentionally visited by innocent users. This cookie information can be used to gather intelligence on the user and later used against the user, or the cookie information can be used to access the original Website.
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(North America) A small flat, baked cake which is either crisp or soft but firm (often with chocolate chips, candies or nuts mixed in.)
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(UK) A specifically American-style biscuit.
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(computing, browsers) An HTTP cookie, web cookie.
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(computing) A magic cookie.
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(dated, possibly offensive) A young, attractive woman.
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A small, sweet cake, variously shaped, filled, etc., but usually flat and either crisp or chewy.
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(Scotland) A bun.
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toss one's cookies
  • to vomit; throw up
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of cookie - cookey, cooky

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cookie
Plural:
cookies

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of cookie

  • Dutch koekje diminutive of koek cake from Middle Dutch koeke akin to German Kuchen Old Norse kaka cake

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch koekje (possibly through dialectal variation koekie), diminutive of koek (“cake”), from Proto-Germanic *kōkô (compare Low German Kook, German Kuchen). More at cake.

    From Wiktionary