- a ballroom dance for couples, in moderate 3/4 time with marked accent on the first beat of the measure
- music for this dance or in its characteristic rhythm
- Informal a thing easy to do; esp., an easy victory in a contest
Origin of waltzabbreviation, abbreviated ; from German walzer ; from walzen, to roll, dance about, waltz: for Indo-European base see walk
of, for, or characteristic of a waltz
- to dance a waltz
- to move lightly and nimbly; whirl
- to proceed effortlessly, indifferently, etc.: to waltz through life
- to win easily (with in)
- to dance with in a waltz
- to take and lead peremptorily
- a. A ballroom dance in triple time with a strong accent on the first beat.b. The music for this dance.c. An instrumental or vocal composition in triple time.
- Informal Something that presents no difficulties and can be accomplished with little effort.
verbwaltzed, waltz·ing, waltz·es
- To dance the waltz.
- Informal To move with self-assuredness or indifference: always waltzes into the office 30 minutes late.
- Informal To accomplish a task, chore, or assignment with little effort: waltzed through the exams.
- To dance the waltz with.
- Informal To lead or force to move in a self-assured or purposeful manner; march: waltzed them into the principal's office.
Origin of waltzGerman Walzer, from walzen, to turn about, from Middle High German, to roll, from Old High German walzan; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots. Idiom, from Matilda2.
(third-person singular simple present waltzes, present participle waltzing, simple past and past participle waltzed)
- (intransitive) To dance the waltz (with).
- They waltzed for twenty-one hours and seventeen minutes straight, setting a record.
- While waltzing her around the room, he stepped on her toes only once.
- (informal) To accomplish a task with little effort.
- (intransitive) To move briskly and unhesitatingly.
- He waltzed into the room like he owned the place.
- You can't just waltz him in here without documentation!
- To move with fanfare.
- waltz Matilda