Definition of water cooler in English:

water cooler

noun

  • 1A dispenser of cooled drinking water, typically used in places of work.

    • ‘Was their day all about trading stories at the water cooler?’
    • ‘He walked over to the water cooler and got himself a drink.’
    • ‘Apparently it wasn't his birthday at all, so it's not surprising he was a bit shocked to see us all advancing on him in a less than subtle pincer movement from behind the water cooler.’
    • ‘If the water cooler is large, two tablets can be safely used.’
    • ‘There's plenty of controversy in the headlines to fuel conversations around the water cooler.’
    • ‘Hang out at the company water cooler and force yourself to talk to a fellow employee you've never spoken with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I slapped him on the back, then spied a water cooler in the corner.’
    • ‘Did he ever try and trap them by the water cooler?’
    • ‘He managed to make Marin actually laugh when he described the incident with the paper clip and the water cooler that had flooded half the floor.’
    • ‘The air conditioners aren't working, and the water cooler has some sort of brownish gooey liquid coming out of the taps.’
    • ‘And nothing will earn more respect and admiration from the hardware fan as a water cooler.’
    • ‘In the elevator or at the water cooler, take a break from business for the hottest summertime fun - pleasure.’
    • ‘It is equidistant from the water cooler, the washing machine and the TV room.’
    • ‘I tried hunting around for a water cooler to quench my thirst.’
    • ‘No, the prize wasn't an air conditioner, but a water cooler!’
    • ‘She blocked the hall in front of him, bent over the water cooler.’
    • ‘There was a couch that looked ready for the dump, a water cooler, a television, and a phone, as well as files scattered about the space.’
    • ‘A water cooler bubbled to itself on the opposite end of the room.’
    • ‘I may never drink from the company water cooler again.’
    1. 1.1informal Used to refer to the type of informal conversation among office workers that takes place around a water cooler.
      ‘the subtleties of film noir haven't exactly been a hot topic around the water cooler’
      as modifier ‘water-cooler chat’
      • ‘If asked, I will answer, and when the water-cooler topic turns to relationships, I will talk about mine, whatever they may be at the time.’
      • ‘When it comes to office politics, we all need our water-cooler moments.’
      • ‘I won't describe what happened, but trust me… it dominated water-cooler conversation for days afterward.’
      • ‘But the majority of other people I've worked with much prefer the traditional water-cooler chat and the occasional email send to a list of friends than the massive company-wide discussion.’
      • ‘Employees often ignore costly corporate-sanctioned software and revert to informal social networks - whether simply e-mail or impromptu water-cooler discussions.’
      • ‘It'll take your water-cooler chats up a notch, and you'll be providing a valuable public service.’
      • ‘If you miss out on the water-cooler gossip, you can become desocialised.’
      • ‘Off the island of Manhattan, water-cooler sentiment no doubt holds that it's bad, very bad, maybe even very, very bad.’
      • ‘It rapidly became a New York Times bestseller, sparking incessant water-cooler conversation and wide coverage on the nation's business pages.’
      • ‘She's in a newspaper or magazine every day and she's good water-cooler gossip.’
      • ‘Most of all, though, pharmaceutical makers seek to build word of mouth about a condition in the general public- the kind of water-cooler buzz that prompts people to ask their doctor about a disease, and the drug that might treat it.’
      • ‘Still, it's a risky gambit that the aging show, which does not have the same water-cooler buzz, can continue to score with viewers.’
      • ‘The picture in question automatically becomes the number-one water-cooler subject for a week or so.’
      • ‘Those are the ultimate water-cooler topics for the month, and our analysis will help you stay ahead of the games.’
      • ‘If nothing else, you might get an interesting water cooler or email discussion going.’
      • ‘Not that those choices would have made water-cooler conversation in Dubai.’
      • ‘It was the water-cooler gossip that led many to speculate that he lost his bid for the CEO position because of his sexual orientation.’
      • ‘The water-cooler talk that week was converging on agreement that it was simplistic to blame the attacks on Islam.’
      • ‘There's the vital water-cooler debriefing with your colleague about the previous night's social events and/or TV.’
      • ‘And it has already become water-cooler conversation everywhere I've gone in the last two days.’

Pronunciation

water cooler