water cooler

wa·ter cool·er
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er koo-ler]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər ˈku lər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er koo-ler]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər ˈku lər/

Definitions of water cooler words

  • noun water cooler a container for holding drinking water that is cooled and drawn off by a faucet or spigot. 1
  • noun water cooler a drinking fountain in which water is cooled by mechanical refrigeration. 1
  • noun water cooler cold-water dispensing machine 1
  • countable noun water cooler A water cooler is a machine that dispenses drinking water, especially in an office. 0
  • singular noun water cooler Water cooler is used in expressions that refer to the informal conversations that people have in their office or workplace. 0
  • noun water cooler a device for cooling and dispensing drinking water 0

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Origin of water cooler

First appearance:

before 1840
One of the 33% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50

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Parts of speech for Water cooler


water cooler popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 61% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

water cooler usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for water cooler

noun water cooler

  • bubbler — a drinking fountain in which the water is forced in a stream from a small vertical nozzle
  • drinking fountain — a water fountain that ejects a jet of water for drinking without a cup.

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