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 This adorable ditty from All Stars 5 stands out among the rest for presenting a unique challenge for the competitors on Drag Race — instead of singing or rapping about themselves, the queens were tasked with fawning over their celebrity crush. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 2 Sep. 2021 Years later, Lennon reminded McCartney about the ditty. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 16 July 2021 His little ditty brings Katie to tears, which shocks him. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, 6 July 2021 About the last thing to be expected from a songwriter as moody and intense as Lorde was a carefree ditty about fun in the summer sun. John Mayer, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 There was the time Irvine gave Julie Andrews a tour of the zoo, and Andrews sang her a little ditty about the joys of wallowing in the mud. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Dec. 2020 The signature Pinkfong video featuring the earworm ditty currently has 7.04 billion views, slipping above the 2017 single from Fonsi and Daddy Yankee that became a global smash. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 2 Nov. 2020 Justin Smoak already had grown tired of hearing one particular Bob Marley ditty at the end of games, however. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Aug. 2020 Activities included in her ditty: Ventriloquy, candle-making, papier-mâché and adding a new painting to her gallery. 14. Usa Today Life Staff, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 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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16 Sep 2021

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“Ditty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ditty. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ditty

: 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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