Definition of ditty in English:

ditty

noun

  • A short, simple song.

    ‘a lovely little music-hall ditty’
    • ‘As though he has just come back from India and the great Maharishi, Brother JT songs resemble campfire ditties, with an odd tinge.’
    • ‘Ballads have been penned, poems have been composed and ditties have been compiled.’
    • ‘A remake of the lilting Irving Berlin ditty Blue Skies began playing as the lights came up.’
    • ‘My nearly 2-year-old granddaughter Tiana can almost sing all the ditties and do her dances to the tunes.’
    • ‘Coates wry, muttered lyrics lend his ditties a mischievous if subdued charm.’
    • ‘If you know only Kander's pop ditties (and, to my regret, I do), these three will surprise you.’
    • ‘They sing the famous ditty, ‘Tom, Tom the piper's son, stole a pig and away he run.’’
    • ‘The audience were all ears when the teams crooned ditties from the golden 80s.’
    • ‘Despite these efforts to rely on wall-to-wall ditties, psalmodic chant still figures prominently in the Weekday liturgy.’
    • ‘Indeed, I muttered tuneless, dire ditties that I myself had composed.’
    • ‘Blink 182 play very fast punk-metal ditties that might be anthemic were they not furiously out of time.’
    • ‘Not a word did he speak to the little girl, but began singing a little ditty, an old tune full of light and the sun's laughter.’
    • ‘A great political balladeer, he is at his superb best when singing melancholy personal ditties, with that soulful voice and tuneful guitar.’
    • ‘In her spare time, the lawyer likes to do nothing better than knock out a few ditties from the Great American Songbook on her baby grand piano.’
    • ‘The red legions sang the old ditty about Paul Scholes scoring goals, which is true again at long last.’
    • ‘And for younger fans the ‘Great Harwood Blue’ uses a modern rap song for his ditty.’
    • ‘After a couple of songs the members sang ditties from the latest movies.’
    • ‘While Robespierre ranted, he directed the band of the Garde Nationale and served up Jacobin ditties.’
    • ‘Alternatively, enjoy the day by composing a ditty about tonight's guest of honor at the Washington Hilton.’
    • ‘The repertoire includes military marches, old Japanese ditties, songs from kabuki theaters or yose variety theaters, and sometimes jazz.’
    poem, piece of poetry, lyric, sonnet, ode, limerick, rhyme, composition, metrical composition, piece of doggerel
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French dite ‘composition’, from Latin dictatum (neuter) ‘something dictated’, from dictare ‘to dictate’.

Pronunciation

ditty

/ˈdɪti/