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

Example Sentences

Play us a little ditty. sung a little ditty in a minor key
Recent Examples on the Web Swift co-wrote the ditty with Del Rey and Antonoff (who also co-wrote 10 other songs on the album). Lauren Huff, EW.com, 21 Oct. 2022 Decades later, McCartney performed the ditty for Elizabeth as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 The whole world agrees on the standard origin story—a Paul ditty whipped up fast as an Uncle Ringo kiddie chant, something John grimly tolerated. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 7 Sep. 2022 During his hammy final cadenza, Velasco parlayed a bebop-y solo into a spirit-band-style ditty, all served with a generous heaping of stank. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 Ninety seconds was a bit generous — at just 23 seconds, the acoustic ditty from 1969 is the shortest song in the Beatles' catalog, though the quirky tune has become a fan favorite. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2022 The best way to experience the forgettable ditty is to dive in headfirst. Christie D’zurillastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2022 Released in 2009, this ditty is partially to blame for a huge influx of never-gonna-make-its vying for scarce rentals, pricing talented local-borns out of their New York neighborhoods. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 20 July 2022 With the audience shouting along, Rodrigo — rocking a silver lame mini-dress — let Imbruglia take the lead before dropping in on the second verse and then happily harmonizing on the pop ditty as the two women bounced back and forth across the stage. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 7 July 2022 See More

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



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

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