ditty


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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 ?
I was surprised into crooning this ditty as I pushed her over the floor.
And so saying, he reached the harp, and entertained his guest with the following characteristic song, to a sort of derry-down chorus, appropriate to an old English ditty.
And I thought it was a ditty rather too dolefully appropriate for a company that had met such cruel losses in the morning.
I went up to him as he was singing a love ditty and looking tenderly at a lady, and interrupted him exactly in the middle of the second couplet.
With his eyes fixed on the beams above, Disko began this ancient, ancient ditty, Tom Platt flourishing all round him to make the tune and words fit a little:
From the molten-golden notes, And all in tune, What a liquid ditty floats To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats On the moon
I understand it, that the song be in quire, placed aloft, and accompanied with some broken music; and the ditty fitted to the device.
They were a regular series of thumpings from the interior of the house, occasioned by the violent rocking of a cradle upon a stone floor, to which movement a feminine voice kept time by singing, in a vigorous gallopade, the favourite ditty of "The Spotted Cow"--
Again, a young girl, more bold and saucy than was fitting, brushed the priest's black robe, singing in his face the sardonic ditty, "niche, niche, the devil is caught.
The prince will begin by singing us a fashionable ditty," remarked Ferdishenko, and looked at the mistress of the house, to see what she would say.
Strike up thy ditty, and I will afterward sing one to match it, if I can.
As he undressed D'Arnot heard him humming a music-hall ditty.