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.
  3. 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.
    1. to move breezily or casually: to waltz in late for dinner.
    2. 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.
  3. 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
Related formswaltz·er, nounwaltz·like, adjective
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  • A classic instance of this variety of tic is Ros., long known at Bictre as "the waltzer."

British Dictionary definitions for waltzer


  1. a person who waltzes
  2. a fairground roundabout on which people are spun round and moved up and down as it revolves about a central axis


  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 waltzhe waltzed her off her feet
  2. (intr) to move in a sprightly and self-assured manner
  3. (intr) informal to succeed easily
Derived Formswaltzlike, adjective

Word Origin for waltz

C18: from German Walzer, from Middle High German walzen to roll; compare welter
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Word Origin and History for waltzer



1794, from waltz (n.). Meaning "to move nimbly" is recorded from 1862. Related: Waltzed; waltzing.



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."

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