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[dit-ee] /ˈdɪt i/
noun, plural ditties.
a poem intended to be sung.
a short, simple song.
verb (used without object), dittied, dittying.
Obsolete. to sing.
verb (used with object), dittied, dittying.
Obsolete. to set to or celebrate in music.
1250-1300; Middle English dite < Anglo-French, Old French dit(i)e poem, noun use of past participle of ditier to compose < Latin dictāre; see dictate Unabridged
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  • Locals say that they also cut out the vocal cords of a singer who had warbled improvised anti-regime ditties in previous weeks.
  • Grinning from ear to ear, they charmed us with folk-ditties, fulsome harmonies and foot-stomping accompaniment.
  • Besides, there are plenty of giddy ditties out there in every genre for the folks who don't want tears in their beers.
  • Sometimes she will whisper lines into my ear, lovely conjectures and occasionally laughable ditties.
British Dictionary definitions for ditties


noun (pl) -ties
a short simple song or poem
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ditie poem, from ditier to compose, from Latin dictāredictate
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Word Origin and History for ditties



"short song," c.1300, from Old French ditie "composition, poem, treatise," from Latin dictatum "thing dictated," neuter past participle of dictare "dictate" (see dictate (v.)).

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