wa·​ter·​cool·​er | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkü-lər How to pronounce watercooler (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of watercooler

: a device for dispensing refrigerated drinking water

Examples of watercooler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Donut’s tagline: Connect around the watercooler, anywhere. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, 3 June 2022 And that show was a global phenomenon, back at a time when there weren’t as many channels, there weren’t as many options, and there were still watercooler shows. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 22 June 2022 With watercooler talks, social media, and the internet, getting off track throughout the workday is easy. Mike Kappel, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Though many have weighed in on the watercooler moment that derailed the 94th Academy Awards, Rock has kept relatively quiet about the ordeal. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 Even better, the linear audience still benefits from a watercooler effect of live TV, which persists even amid a declining bundle, but which is becoming harder to come by. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 But a generation later, the election of Ronald Reagan returned nuclear war to watercooler conversation. Thomas Bishop, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Apr. 2022 Ultimately, what was missing from Sunday night’s fashion parade were watercooler moments precisely like these. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, off-screen, Euphoria has transformed into a watercooler show for the digital age—the kind of series meant to be not analyzed but repurposed into bite-size pieces made for online consumption. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of watercooler

1807, in the meaning defined above

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6 Aug 2022

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“Watercooler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watercooler. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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