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ditty

[dit-ee] /ˈdɪt i/
noun, plural ditties.
1.
a poem intended to be sung.
2.
a short, simple song.
verb (used without object), dittied, dittying.
3.
Obsolete. to sing.
verb (used with object), dittied, dittying.
4.
Obsolete. to set to or celebrate in music.
Origin of ditty
1250-1300
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/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
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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n.

"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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