Meaning of “ditty” in the English Dictionary

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dittynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdɪt.i/ us /ˈdɪt̬.i/

Examples from literature

  • And I thought it was a ditty rather too dolefully appropriate for a company that had met such cruel losses in the morning. 
  • He once asked an old dame of Palermo to repeat him some of these ditties. 
  • The 'people,' too, seem to have forgotten their natural gift of poetry, for the only songs now heard about the streets are badly translated French or English ditties. 
  • The suggestive music hall ditty was still in his mind. 
  • Those who did not know the words either whistled the air or improvised an impossible ditty. 

(Definition of “ditty” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ditty" in American English

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dittynoun [ C ]

us /ˈdɪt̬·i/

(Definition of “ditty” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)