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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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Examples for ditty
  • It's a charming, melodious ditty and as cute in its staging as a cuckoo clock.
  • It's a jolly little ditty: unambiguous and unsurprising.
  • The underwhelming musical quality of the goofy ditty was beside the point.
  • He strums a little campfire ditty beneath a palm tree.
  • All of the survivors claimed a whisk broom and ditty box.
  • Through a grant they are making ditty bags to be tied to the back of wheel chairs and also to cover urine bags.
British Dictionary definitions for ditty


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 ditty
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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