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dit·ty

 (dĭt′ē)
n. pl. dit·ties
A simple song.

[Middle English dite, a literary composition, from Old French dite, from Latin dictātum, thing dictated, from neuter past participle of dictāre, to dictate, frequentative of dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

ditty

(ˈdɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Poetry) a short simple song or poem
2. (Music, other) a short simple song or poem
[C13: from Old French ditie poem, from ditier to compose, from Latin dictāre dictate]

dit•ty

(ˈdɪt i)

n., pl. -ties.
a short, simple song.
[1250–1300; < Old French dit(i)e poem, n. use of past participle of ditier to compose < Latin dictāre]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ditty - a short simple song (or the words of a poem intended to be sung)
song, vocal - a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
Translations
أُغْنِيَه صَغيرَه ``طَقْطوقَه''
popěvek
vise
dalocska
vísa; lagstúfur
dainelė
dziesmiņa
kısa/basit şarkı

ditty

[ˈdɪtɪ] Ncancioncilla f

ditty

[ˈdɪti] n (= short song) → chansonnette f

ditty

nLiedchen nt, → Weise f

ditty

[ˈdɪtɪ] ncanzoncina

ditty

(ˈditi) plural ˈditties noun
a simple little song.
References in classic literature ?
And yet,'' said he, ``I think my Saxon countrymen had herded long enough with the Normans, to fall into the tone of their melancholy ditties.
He made them sing mournful ditties and say funny things about geography and Ireland.
While the chiefs thus revelled in hall, and made the rafters resound with bursts of loyalty and old Scottish songs, chanted in voices cracked and sharpened by the northern blast, their merriment was echoed and prolonged by a mongrel legion of retainers, Canadian voyageurs, half-breeds, Indian hunters, and vagabond hangers-on who feasted sumptuously without on the crumbs that fell from their table, and made the welkin ring with old French ditties, mingled with Indian yelps and yellings.
He now became glorious; talked over all his exploits, his huntings, his fightings with Indian braves, his loves with Indian beauties; sang snatches of old French ditties, and Canadian boat songs; drank deeper and deeper, sang louder and louder; until, having reached a climax of drunken gayety, he gradually declined, and at length fell fast asleep upon the ground.
The shrilling voices of the people at home would pipe dismally for a time, but various generals were usually compelled to listen to these ditties.
Among these ditties was one, the last of the concert, and to the following effect:
how many ditties and love-songs did I compose in which my heart declared and made known its feelings, described its ardent longings, revelled in its recollections and dallied with its desires
Over the course of nearly three decades of fieldwork and ten years spent living among the villagers as participant observers, the authors followed the lives of three generations of rural women, studying their life-cycle and calendar rituals, romance songs, satirical ditties, laments, and magical spells--the complex network through which power flowed in their lives.
com)-- New Basics Brass Band has just completed their fourth studio recording, Ditties For Kiddies.
The Fortunes, The Beach Boys and Status Quo have recorded different ditties in which reference has been so made.
MARTIN BROWN'S POEMS I LIKE to read the poems of Martin Brown, Most recently The Pilgrams from a Very Distant Town, The message was appropriate and rhyming was also, The holes referred to seem worse the further one does go, There are not many who can match the skills of this fine writer, His poems always make the day seem much brighter, I hope to read in future more of his funny ditties and wonder if such bards reside in other cities.
Little Ditties for Itty Bitties: Songs for Infants and Toddlers is a music CD by Grammy-nominated performer Michele Valeri, featuring fifteen original songs perfect for sharing with the littlest of music lovers during play and learning.