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

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ditty (ˈdɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
a short simple song or poem
[C13: from Old French ditie poem, from ditier to compose, from Latin dictāredictate]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. ditie "composition, poem, treatise," from L. dictatum "thing dictated," neut. pp. of dictare "dictate." Ditty bag is 1850s nautical slang, perhaps from Brit. naval phrase commodity bag.
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Example sentences
Locals say that they also cut out the vocal cords of a singer who had warbled improvised anti-regime ditties in previous weeks.
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.
Grinning from ear to ear, they charmed us with folk-ditties, fulsome harmonies and foot-stomping accompaniment.
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