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ta ta

[tah tah]
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interjection Chiefly British.
  1. goodbye.
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Origin of ta ta

First recorded in 1830–40; origin uncertain
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Related Words

adieugoodbyesendoffvaledictionsalutationpartingciaocheerioadiosleave-takingbye-byeta-ta

Examples from the Web for ta-ta

Historical Examples

  • Of course, it might wind up with people thinking both of us are ta-ta!

    Legacy

    James H Schmitz

  • You'll say it's the long and the short of it—ta-ta at present.'

    Madame Midas

    Fergus Hume

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

    A Little World

    George Manville Fenn

  • But the spirit of home had deserted the place; Ta-ta was still at Newcastle.

  • The name, presumably, is a contraction of the words "Ta-ta, Tango."


British Dictionary definitions for ta-ta

ta-ta

sentence substitute
  1. British informal goodbye; farewell
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
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