- a fast dance for couples, developed in Bohemia in the early 19th cent.: the basic step is a hop followed by three small steps
- music for this dance, in fast duple time
Origin of polkaCzech, Polish dance, literally , Polish woman from Polish Polka, feminine of Polak, Pole
- A lively dance in duple meter, originating in Bohemia and performed by couples.
- The music for this dance.
verbintransitivepol·kaed, pol·ka·ing, pol·kas
Origin of polkaCzech probably from Polish from Polka Polish woman feminine of Polak Pole ; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present polkas, present participle polkaing, simple past and past participle polkaed)
- (intransitive) To dance the polka.
Czech polka, variant of pÅ¯lka (“half") as in "half-step".