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[wawlts] /wɔlts/
a ballroom dance, in moderately fast triple meter, in which the dancers revolve in perpetual circles, taking one step to each beat.
a piece of music for, or in the rhythm of, this dance.
Informal. an easy victory or accomplishment:
The game was a waltz—we won by four touchdowns. The math exam was a waltz.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the waltz, as music, rhythm, or dance:
waltz tempo.
verb (used without object)
to dance or move in a waltz step or rhythm:
an invitation to waltz.
  1. to move breezily or casually:
    to waltz in late for dinner.
  2. to progress easily or successfully (often followed by through):
    to waltz through an exam.
verb (used with object)
to lead (a partner) in dancing a waltz.
Informal. to move or lead briskly and easily:
He waltzed us right into the governor's office.
to fill (a period of time) with waltzing (often followed by away, through, etc.):
They waltzed the night away.
Origin of waltz
obsolete English
1775-85; back formation from German Walzer a waltz (taken as walz + -er1), derivative of walzen to roll, dance; compare obsolete English walt unsteady, dial. walter to roll
Related forms
waltzer, noun
waltzlike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for waltz
  • Still, the orbital dance is more of a slow waltz than a jitterbug.
  • Letting someone waltz through after cheating is unfair to all of them.
  • The disk encircles a pair of twin suns that waltz around a more distant duo.
  • We can't waltz into other cultures and expect them to abide by our way of doing things.
  • After the artillery-fired fury of the first movement, the second opens with a muted, shell-shocked waltz.
  • Two people are dancing a waltz, and it is not going well.
  • In fact, so orderly was the evening that there was a how-to guide included with the invitation on the proper way to waltz.
British Dictionary definitions for waltz


a ballroom dance in triple time in which couples spin around as they progress round the room
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
to dance or lead (someone) in or as in a waltz: he waltzed her off her feet
(intransitive) to move in a sprightly and self-assured manner
(intransitive) (informal) to succeed easily
Derived Forms
waltzlike, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from German Walzer, from Middle High German walzen to roll; compare welter
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Word Origin and History for waltz

dance performed to music in triple time, 1781, from German Waltzer, from walzen "to roll, dance," from Old High German walzan "to turn, roll," from Proto-Germanic *walt- (cf. Old Norse velta), from PIE root *wel- "to turn, revolve" (see volvox). Described in 1825 as "a riotous and indecent German dance."


1794, from waltz (n.). Meaning "to move nimbly" is recorded from 1862. Related: Waltzed; waltzing.

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