from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ballroom dance in triple time with a strong accent on the first beat.
  • n. A piece of music for this dance.
  • n. An instrumental or vocal composition in triple time.
  • n. Informal Something that presents no difficulties and can be accomplished with little effort.
  • intransitive v. To dance the waltz.
  • intransitive v. Slang To move unhesitantly, briskly, and with aplomb: always waltzes into the office 30 minutes late.
  • intransitive v. Informal To accomplish a task, chore, or assignment with little effort: waltzed through the exams.
  • transitive v. To dance the waltz with.
  • transitive v. Slang To lead or force to move briskly and purposefully; march: waltzed them into the principal's office.
  • idiom waltz Matilda Australian To travel about, especially on foot, carrying a swag.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A ballroom dance in 3/4 time.
  • n. A piece of music for this dance (or in triple time).
  • n. A simple task.
  • v. To dance the waltz (with).
  • v. To accomplish a task with little effort.
  • v. To move briskly and unhesitatingly.
  • v. To move with fanfare.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dance performed by two persons in circular figures with a whirling motion; also, a piece of music composed in triple measure for this kind of dance.
  • intransitive v. To dance a waltz.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dance a waltz, or in the movement or step of a waltz.
  • To move lightly or trippingly or swiftly as in a waltz: as, the young people waltzed into the room.
  • n. Arouud dance, probably of Bohe mian origin, which has been extraordinarily popular since the latter part of the eighteenth century.
  • n. Music for such a dance, or in its rhythm, which is triple and moderately quick.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. dance a waltz
  • n. a ballroom dance in triple time with a strong accent on the first beat
  • n. music composed in triple time for waltzing
  • n. an assured victory (especially in an election)


German Walzer, from walzen, to turn about, from Middle High German, to roll, from Old High German walzan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
German Walzer, from walzen ("to dance"), from Old High German walzan ("to turn"), from Proto-Germanic *walt- (“to turn”), from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“to turn”). (Wiktionary)



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