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Walter

[vahl-ter for 1; wawl-ter for 2, 3]
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noun
  1. Bru·no [broo-noh] /ˈbru noʊ/, Bruno Schlesinger, 1876–1962, German opera and symphony conductor, in U.S. after 1939.
  2. Thomas U·stick [yoo-stik] /ˈyu stɪk/, 1804–87, U.S. architect.
  3. a male given name.
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  • As the ladies rose, Walter came to me with outstretched hand.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Walter Butler was most perfectly built--a living picture of grace.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Poor child—you know I've always felt just the way she does, Walter.

    Gloria and Treeless Street

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • "But some of Pepsy's ideas and plans have been very big, Walter," his aunt said ruefully.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • That is what is bringing lots and lots of people along our road to-day, Walter.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh


British Dictionary definitions for walter

Walter

noun
  1. (German ˈvaltər) Bruno (ˈbruːno), real name Bruno Walter Schlesinger. 1876–1962, US conductor, born in Germany: famous for his performances of Haydn, Mozart, and Mahler
  2. (ˈwɔːltə) John . 1739–1812, English publisher; founded The Daily Universal Register (1785), which in 1788 became The Times
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Word Origin and History for walter

Walter

masc. proper name, from Old North French Waltier (Old French Gautier), of Germanic origin; cf. Old High German Walthari, Walthere, literally "ruler of the army," from waltan "to rule" (see wield) + hari "host, army" (see harry). Walter Mitty (1939) is from title character in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by U.S. short story writer James Thurber (1894-1961).

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