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  1. a ballroom dance, in moderately fast triple meter, in which the dancers revolve in perpetual circles, taking one step to each beat.

  2. a piece of music for, or in the rhythm of, this dance.

  1. Informal. an easy victory or accomplishment: The game was a waltz—we won by four touchdowns. The math exam was a waltz.

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the waltz, as music, rhythm, or dance: waltz tempo.

verb (used without object)
  1. to dance or move in a waltz step or rhythm: an invitation to waltz.

  2. Informal.

    • 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.

verb (used with object)
  1. to lead (a partner) in dancing a waltz.

  2. Informal. to move or lead briskly and easily: He waltzed us right into the governor's office.

  1. to fill (a period of time) with waltzing (often followed by away, through, etc.): They waltzed the night away.

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

Other words from waltz

  • waltzer, noun
  • waltzlike, adjective

Words Nearby waltz

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British Dictionary definitions for waltz


/ (wɔːls) /

  1. a ballroom dance in triple time in which couples spin around as they progress round the room

  2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance

  1. to dance or lead (someone) in or as in a waltz: he waltzed her off her feet

  2. (intr) to move in a sprightly and self-assured manner

  1. (intr) informal to succeed easily

Origin of waltz

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

Derived forms of waltz

  • waltzlike, adjective

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