ta ta

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Probably hypocoristic, circa 1823.


  • IPA(key): /tɑːtɑː/, /tətɑː/, /təˈtɑː/
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ta ta

  1. (chiefly UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, informal, colloquial) Goodbye.
    • 1917, Henry Handel Richardson, Australia Felix, 2007, The Echo Library, page 229,
      [] Well, ta-ta, sweetheart! Don′t expect me back to lunch.”
    • 1923 (recorded 1900), Ed Smith (Cranbrook Courier), Reminiscences of Kootenay Pioneers, recalling an event claimed to be the origin of the place name Ta Ta Creek; viewed in British Columbia archives),
      Red put the spurs to his horse and galloped away: “Ta ta, friends, I′ve business up the trail.”
    • 1967, Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock[1], page 55:
      ‘No more questions? Then I′ll be off. Ta-ta.’


Usage notes[edit]

Dated and rarely used in the United States, sometimes used in Canada. Although likely to be understood, it is likely to be considered rather humorous, particularly if used in a parody of British English speakers. The word is very commonly used in India and Myanmar (Burma).



  • Burmese: တာတား (tata:)
  • Malayalam: റ്റാറ്റാ (ṟṟāṟṟā)

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Further reading[edit]

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