American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A simple song.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A song, or poem intended to be sung, usually short and simple in form, and set to a simple melody; any short simple song. Originally applied to any short poetical composition (lyric or ballad) intended to be sung, the word came to be restricted chiefly to songs of simple rustic character, being often used of the songs of birds.
- n. The words of a song, as opposed to the tune or music.
- n. A refrain; a saying often repeated.
- n. Clamor; cry; noise.
- To sing a ditty; warble a tune.
- To sing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A saying or utterance; especially, one that is short and frequently repeated; a theme.
- n. A song; a lay; a little poem intended to be sung.
- v. To sing; to warble a little tune.
- n. a short simple song (or the words of a poem intended to be sung)
- From Old French ditie or dité, from ditier, from Latin dictāre (participle dictatus). (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And who can forget this little ditty from the Weinstein campaign, which I would like to recommend be used in interrogation rooms across the country.”
“Apparently, a little ditty from the second act called "Be Kind to Your Parents" was a break-out popular hit in 1954.”
“One of my favorites is this ditty from a flight attendant:”
“Zimmer: And then the other thing was I didn't want to do another summer Hollywood blockbuster, so I thought to be very provocative in the music, which I think that little Joker ditty is certainly not something you expect in — it's not the first thing that you'd think of when you think Hollywood blockbuster.”
“This little ditty is for Bush and (hopefully very soon) Cheney: When a Republican is caught red-handed breaking the law and is nabbed by the feet heâ€ ™ ll grope at anything, at any lie, as he is dragged up the temple steps to face justice.”
“Catharine O'Hara) and a bouncy ditty from the animated Triplets of”
“Such as haue not premonition hereof, and consideration of the causes alledged, would peraduenture reproue and disgrace euery _Romance_, or short historicall ditty for that they be not written in long meeters or verses _Alexandrins_, according to the nature & stile of large histories, wherin they should do wrong for they be sundry formes of poems and not all one.”
“While a ditty is the tribute to the joy that gives it birth,”
“A slender little treble was singing it over and over again in childish sort, with so little appreciation of the meaning of the words that the oddity of the ditty was the first thing to attract my attention to it.”
“Strangely enough, his ditty was a popular Spanish refrain of some matador's aristocratic inamorata: --”
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