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 Justin Smoak already had grown tired of hearing one particular Bob Marley ditty at the end of games, however. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Struggling Brewers finally change change their tune at home, both during and after the game," 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, "100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic," 16 Mar. 2020 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

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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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22 Aug 2020

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“Ditty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ditty. Accessed 22 Sep. 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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