- a poem intended to be sung.
- a short, simple song.
- Obsolete. to sing.
- Obsolete. to set to or celebrate in music.
Origin of ditty
Examples from the Web for ditty
Contemporary Examples of ditty
A high school vibe overtook the hall: it was a pep rally, complete with its own music video—“Kahana was right,” laments the ditty.'Kahane For Kids'
November 5, 2012
“Miss Atomic Bomb,” a five-minute ditty that swells into a soaring rock anthem, is an early standout.The Killers Talk New Album ‘Battle Born,’ Mitt Romney, Mormonism & More
September 15, 2012
Historical Examples of ditty
This to his own horse and off he would go, humming some ditty to the lazy hobble of his nag.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
That is not in the tone of the ditty sung by the Tripe Skewer.The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories
What business had Jack Turner to be singing that ditty under his window?The Girls of St. Olave's
And thereupon he began a ditty he had composed during the war.The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch
You and a million others recite that ditty, or variations of it every day of the week.Unspecialist
Murray F. Yaco
- a short simple song or poem
Word Origin for ditty
"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.)).