ditty

noun
dit·​ty | \ ˈdi-tē How to pronounce ditty (audio) \
plural ditties

Definition of ditty

: an especially simple and unaffected song

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Examples of ditty in a Sentence

Play us a little ditty. sung a little ditty in a minor key
Recent Examples on the Web As a result, Hensler's ditty reached a wider audience. Sierra Newton, Cincinnati.com, "Heartland: Christ Hospital's Dr. Matthew Hensler performs Billy Joel parody 'Corona Man'," 15 Apr. 2020 Why this dusty, 19th-century ditty needed to be refashioned this way is unclear. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "‘Gretel & Hansel’ is a real horror — as in horrible," 31 Jan. 2020 Why this dusty, 19th-century ditty needed to be refashioned this way is unclear. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "‘Gretel & Hansel’ is a real horror — as in horrible," 31 Jan. 2020 Why this dusty, 19th-century ditty needed to be refashioned this way is unclear. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "‘Gretel & Hansel’ is a real horror — as in horrible," 31 Jan. 2020 Why this dusty, 19th-century ditty needed to be refashioned this way is unclear. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "‘Gretel & Hansel’ is a real horror — as in horrible," 31 Jan. 2020 Shepherds could not pipe a ditty on them, and poets could not use them as metaphors for the unsubstantiality of life. The Economist, "The World in 2020 Farewell to Starbucks’s green straws," 31 Dec. 2019 That ditty, usually an ode to openheartedness, felt here like a rebuke, an indirect acknowledgment that the Oscars this year had—once again—largely shut out women and people of color. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Oscars Fashion 2020: Janelle Monáe, Bong Joon-ho, and Hints of a More Imaginative Academy Awards," 10 Feb. 2020 The whimsical ditty was the first song written for the sequel by the Oscar-winning husband-and-wife songwriting team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Watch Olaf sing 'Unmeltable Me', the hilariously hot song cut from 'Frozen 2'," 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of ditty

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ditty

Middle English ditee, from Anglo-French dité story, song, from past participle of diter to compose, from Latin dictare to dictate, compose

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The first known use of ditty was in the 14th century

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12 May 2020

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“Ditty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ditty. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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ditty

noun
How to pronounce ditty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ditty

sometimes humorous : a short and simple song

ditty

noun
dit·​ty | \ ˈdi-tē How to pronounce ditty (audio) \
plural ditties

Kids Definition of ditty

: a short simple song

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