Origin of waltz

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


waltz·er, nounwaltz·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for waltz

/ (wɔːls) /


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

Derived forms of waltz

waltzlike, adjective

Word Origin for waltz

C18: from German Walzer, from Middle High German walzen to roll; compare welter
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