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ta ta

[tah tah] /tɑ ˈtɑ/
interjection, Chiefly British.
Origin of ta ta
First recorded in 1830-40; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "ta-ta," McGuffey cried in his tantalizing falsetto voice, and followed his leader into the briny deep.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • You'll say it's the long and the short of it—ta-ta at present.'

    Madame Midas Fergus Hume
  • She blushed deeply at this, and sliding down on to her knees, put her arms round ta-ta, and kissed the collie's ears.

  • ta-ta” he hummed, nodding his head, and beating time with a finger.

    A Little World George Manville Fenn
  • Of course, it might wind up with people thinking both of us are ta-ta!

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • The name, presumably, is a contraction of the words "ta-ta, Tango."

  • When the child is taken away, he often says ta-ta loudly, also, atta in a whisper.

  • This astonished her Majesty vastly, and caused her to ta-ta at a great rate.

    Willis the Pilot Johanna Spyri
  • He expressed his delight every now and then by uttering the syllables "ta-ta."

    Willis the Pilot Johanna Spyri
  • "ta-ta, James; au revore," they called to men mowing in the meadows.

    Our Journey to the Hebrides Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell
British Dictionary definitions for ta-ta


sentence substitute
(Brit, informal) goodbye; farewell
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for ta-ta



A parting salutation; a farewell

[1823+; fr nursery talk]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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