ditty

[dit-ee]
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verb (used without object), dit·tied, dit·ty·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to sing.
verb (used with object), dit·tied, dit·ty·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to set to or celebrate in music.

Origin of ditty

1250–1300; Middle English dite < Anglo-French, Old French dit(i)e poem, noun use of past participle of ditier to compose < Latin dictāre; see dictate
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Related Words for ditty

jingle, tune, ballad, composition

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British Dictionary definitions for ditty

ditty

noun plural -ties
  1. a short simple song or poem

Word Origin for ditty

C13: from Old French ditie poem, from ditier to compose, from Latin dictāre dictate
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Word Origin and History for ditty
n.

"short song," c.1300, from Old French ditie "composition, poem, treatise," from Latin dictatum "thing dictated," neuter past participle of dictare "dictate" (see dictate (v.)).

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