[ dit-ee ]
/ ˈdɪt i /

noun, plural dit·ties.

a poem intended to be sung.
a short, simple song.

verb (used without object), dit·tied, dit·ty·ing.

Obsolete. to sing.

verb (used with object), dit·tied, dit·ty·ing.

Obsolete. to set to or celebrate in music.



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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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British Dictionary definitions for ditty

/ (ˈdɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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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