Definition of “water cooler” - English Dictionary

“water cooler” in Business English

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water coolernoun [ C ]

also water-cooler, watercooler uk us WORKPLACE

a machine that supplies cool water for drinking, usually in an office or other public place:

You can add almost a quarter of a mile to your daily walking schedule simply going from desk to water cooler.

water cooleradjective [ before noun ]

also water-cooler, watercooler uk us WORKPLACE

used to describe something that many people talk about at work, for example when they stop work to drink something:

water-cooler conversation/discussion/talk The company raked in $260 million in profit, and fueled countless water-cooler conversations.
The shocking interview provided one of those water cooler moments that everyone was talking about the next day.

(Definition of “water cooler” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)