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

Definition of ditty

: an especially simple and unaffected song

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Synonyms for ditty


ballad, jingle, lay, lyric, song, vocal

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Examples of ditty in a Sentence

Play us a little ditty. sung a little ditty in a minor key

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West has now become famous for his entrepreneurial bent, branching out from hip-hop stardom to dabble in everything from sneakers and toddler ditties about poop to affordable housing. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Kanye West’s Star Wars-themed dwellings under fire," 14 Aug. 2019 Warbled by that dashing crooner Orpheus, the ditty proves so soothing that Cerberus nods off. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Angst and comedy among the Olympians in ‘Pantheon’," 24 June 2019 The midtempo ditty about the frustrations about the start of the workweek, released in 1986, became their first top 10 hit, paving the way for a slew of others to come. Washington Post, "Remembering when Prince wrote that song for you," 4 June 2019 In the Strand, in Georgian London, the big-haired prostitutes grind their hips and sing ditties about their trade. The New York Review of Books, "Maya Jasanoff," 23 May 2019 While many of Bentley’s biggest career smashes have been the kind of anthems that get crowds fired up in concert, The Mountain is a bit heavier, more contemplative and — surprise — completely devoid of ditties. Phyllis Stark, Billboard, "Dierks Bentley on His Colorado-Inspired Album 'The Mountain': 'I'm Trying to Dig a Layer Deeper'," 8 June 2018 Instead of hearing the original brand-new ditty coded for the classic consoles in 2016, the Jump Mini rotates through the opening songs from many of the included emulated games. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with Nintendo’s weirdest, and maybe rarest, classic console yet," 12 July 2018 In 2016 — on September 21, 2016, in fact — Adejuyigbe went viral for his rendition of this legendary ditty. Aja Romano, Vox, "Do you remember the very best meme of September?," 21 Sep. 2018 Like the 1970s classics, Mr Khan’s ditty is all blue jeans, work boots and American-dream fulfilment. The Economist, "An all-American industry changes the all-American way," 3 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ditty

sometimes humorous : a short and simple song


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

Kids Definition of ditty

: a short simple song

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not constant or steady

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