cook·ie also cook·y (kkē)
n. pl. cook·ies
1. A small, usually flat and crisp cake made from sweetened dough.
2. Slang A person, usually of a specified kind: a lawyer who was a tough cookie.
3. 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.
[Dutch koekje, diminutive of koek, cake, from Middle Dutch koeke; akin to German Kuchen and Old Norse kaka, cake.]
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