[vahl-ter for 1; wawl-ter for 2, 3]
  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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of walters

Historical Examples of walters

  • Yes, they stole him from old Walters; made him believe the horse was no good.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Sergeant Walters and the rest of the maintenance crew were standing there.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Walters, at gaze in the doorway, listened to the bitter tirade.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The door opened and old Walters stood awaiting his commands.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • “You are the first spiritualist I ever talked to, Mrs. Walters,” he said amiably.


    Cleveland Moffett

British Dictionary definitions for walters


  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 walters


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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper