wa·​ter·​cool·​er ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkü-lər How to pronounce watercooler (audio)
: a device for dispensing refrigerated drinking water

Examples of watercooler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Homeland's freshman season also provided the audience with plenty of watercooler debate over whether Sgt. Ew Staff, EW.com, 8 Jan. 2024 Other companies have played with the idea of putting LCD screens on internal components before—multiple companies manufacture all-in-one CPU watercoolers that integrate a customizable LCD screen on the water block that's easily readable through an acrylic or glass side panel. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 20 Dec. 2023 That’s the watercooler moment — the thing that people are talking about two weeks afterwards. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 3 Jan. 2024 Similar to an impromptu chat at the watercooler or in the breakroom, these moments allow employees to organically exchange guidance or knowledge in a more relaxed setting. Amy Casciotti, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 Everyone was in on it, from the colleague at the watercooler to late-night television, where Saturday Night Live ran at least three different sketches parodying him. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of watercooler was in 1807

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“Watercooler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watercooler. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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