water cooler


a container for holding drinking water that is cooled and drawn off by a faucet or spigot.
a drinking fountain in which water is cooled by mechanical refrigeration.

Origin of water cooler

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Related Words for water cooler

faucet, bubbler

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British Dictionary definitions for water cooler

water cooler


a device for cooling and dispensing drinking water

adjective water-cooler

  1. indicating the kind of informal conversation among office staff that takes place at such a dispenserwater-cooler conversations
  2. indicating an event, television programme, etc, sufficiently controversial or otherwise noteworthy to provide subject matter for such conversationswater-cooler television; a water-cooler moment
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