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 Teams should be able to share work updates or gather around the virtual watercooler. Steven Kramer, Forbes, "How To Promote Company Culture Through Your Internal Communications," 10 May 2021 As news of their divorce hit, watercooler speculation in the nonprofit world reached fever pitch. Danielle Stein Chizzik, Town & Country, "What Will Happen to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Now?," 5 May 2021 It’s also one of the reasons why Jones has been linked to San Francisco around the league’s watercooler. Vincent Frank, Forbes, "It’s NFL Draft Silly Season And The San Francisco 49ers Are Square In The Middle," 6 Apr. 2021 This was once the purview of watercooler chats, but the Covid-19 pandemic took away those natural opportunities to share and learn. Ofir Paldi, Forbes, "What’s Next For Workforce Collaboration After The Blockbuster Slack Deal?," 26 Feb. 2021 In the past, news of a dispute or CEO’s misdemeanor would likely be gossip around the watercooler. Anna Shields, Forbes, "How To Create A Healthier Organizational Culture In A World Of ‘Viral’ Conflict," 26 Feb. 2021 Following his speech, Senate Minority Leader Fred Girod, R-Stayton, called for a brief caucus with his Republican senators by the watercooler on the Senate floor to discuss their response. oregonlive, "Senate scuttles governor’s forestery board nominees; Sen. Golden denounces backroom dealing on natural resource nominees," 26 Sep. 2020 Here’s where the idea stops being the stuff of sci-fi watercooler talk and starts to sound real. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Quantum Mechanics Proves 'Back to the Future' Is B.S.," 30 July 2020 What are the McLean-like watercooler stories within audit firms? Karthik Ramanna, Fortune, "The real problem with accounting firms: They don’t reward auditors that challenge clients," 11 July 2020

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First Known Use of watercooler

1807, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2021

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“Watercooler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watercooler. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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