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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British Dictionary definitions for waltzer

waltzer

noun

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

waltz

noun

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

verb

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 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

waltz

v.

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

waltz

n.

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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