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water cooler Syllabification: wa·ter cool·er

Definition of water cooler in English:


1A dispenser of cooled drinking water, typically used in office workplaces.
Example sentences
  • They also have access to the statistics showing the exact time spent away from the phone, such as toilet breaks or getting drinking water from the water cooler.
  • Did he ever try and trap them by the water cooler?
  • It is equidistant from the water cooler, the washing machine and the TV room.
1.1 informal Used to refer to the type of informal conversation or socializing among office workers that takes place in the communal area where a water dispenser is located: the subtleties of film noir haven’t exactly been a hot topic around the water cooler [as modifier]: a water-cooler chat about the president
More example sentences
  • I won't describe what happened, but trust me… it dominated water-cooler conversation for days afterward.
  • And it has already become water-cooler conversation everywhere I've gone in the last two days.
  • Not that those choices would have made water-cooler conversation in Dubai.

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