- 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.
- to dance or move in a waltz step or rhythm: an invitation to waltz.
- to move breezily or casually: to waltz in late for dinner.
- to progress easily or successfully (often followed by through): to waltz through an exam.
- 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
Examples from the Web for waltz
I think people think that I would just wake up in the morning and do Bollywood or the waltz, things I had never done before.'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Ricky Ubeda Is Adorable, and Tired
September 4, 2014
Take, for example, the simple chuckle of seeing Christoph Waltz do the waltz, a seconds-long, perfect cameo.‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Is a Perfect (Utterly Silly) Muppet Movie
March 21, 2014
Paul Wolfowitz lied airily about what a waltz it would all be.If We Stay Out of Syria, Assad Has Bush to Thank
September 4, 2013
Waltz eventually replaced DiCaprio in the role and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.2012’s Most Anticipated Movies: Dark Knight Rises, Hunger Games, More
January 4, 2012
Waltz and the other actors mentioned declined comment via their reps.Oscars' Effect on Stars' Careers
February 23, 2011
She knew how to waltz and she could dance the polka and the schottishe.
He was wondering why the interest in the Gaelic language was not so strong as the interest in the waltz.
The trees of the forest seemed to waltz around me in mazy circles.
Jack De Baron would be there, and would want to know why she would not waltz.
You don't mean to say she ought to waltz, or dance stage dances?
- 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 waltzhe waltzed her off her feet
- (intr) to move in a sprightly and self-assured manner
- (intr) informal to succeed easily
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.