ditty

[dit-ee]
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:
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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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.
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Example sentences
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.
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