dit·​ty ˈdi-tē How to pronounce ditty (audio)
plural ditties
: an especially simple and unaffected song

Examples of ditty in a Sentence

Play us a little ditty. sung a little ditty in a minor key
Recent Examples on the Web Or a ditty from Demi Lovato about dinner last night? Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 Swift knows how to pick a collaborator whose emotionality doesn’t overpower hers and the duo create a song that’s not about revenge, but is rather a stinging ditty dedicated to not compromising oneself for a partner.–M.M. 3. TIME, 25 Oct. 2023 Bloom marches onto the stage at the Lortel clad in a sequined pantsuit and shiny silver pumps and proceeds to deliver some lighthearted material—a ditty about a tree that smells like semen, for example. Alex Jhamb Burns, Vogue, 22 Sep. 2023 What seems like a simple ditty about getting blotto and mending a broken heart turns out to be a profound meditation on the often painful inertia of beach dwelling. Mike Postalakis, Spin, 5 Sep. 2023 Being forced to write hideous ditties for a television character named Mr. Bungee (Andy Grotelueschen) is enough to stoke his neuroses. Jesse Green, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2023 The Southwest meets the celestial — and the stage — in Wes Anderson’s latest ditty. Dallasnews.com Staff, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2023 Also posting the same clip to his personal Instagram page that does not have comments disabled, many fans were less interested in the fashion choices and wanted to hear more than a snippet of the fresh ditty that Jonas was hinting at. Nikki Dobrin, Peoplemag, 11 Aug. 2023 The summer of 2023 somehow feels tailor-minted for the throwback dance anthems and funk ditties that play like a back-to-life soundtrack to these post-pandemic days. David Hochman, Forbes, 16 July 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Ditty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ditty. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


dit·​ty ˈdit-ē How to pronounce ditty (audio)
plural ditties
: a short simple song

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