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From Middle English dite, ditee, from Old French ditie or dité, from ditier, from Latin dictāre (participle dictatus).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɪti/
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  • Homophones: diddy (US)
  • Rhymes: -ɪti


ditty (plural ditties)

  1. A short verse or tune.
    The Acme mattress ditty has been stuck in my head all day.
  2. A saying or utterance, especially one that is short and frequently repeated.



ditty (third-person singular simple present ditties, present participle dittying, simple past and past participle dittied)

  1. To sing; to warble a little tune.
    • [1633], George Herbert, [Nicholas Ferrar], editor, The Temple: Sacred Poems, and Private Ejaculations, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: [] Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel; and are to be sold by Francis Green, [], OCLC 1048966979; reprinted London: Elliot Stock, [], 1885, OCLC 54151361:
      Beasts fain would sing; birds ditty to their notes.

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