Dit"ty (?), n.; pl. Ditties (#). [OE. dite, OF. diti'e, fr. L. dictatum, p. p. neut. of dictare to say often, dictate, compose. See Dictate, v. t.]


A saying or utterance; especially, one that is short and frequently repeated; a theme.

O, too high ditty for my simple rhyme. Spenser.


A song; a lay; a little poem intended to be sung.

"Religious, martial, or civil ditties."

Milton.< And to the warbling lute soft ditties sing. Sandys.


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Dit"ty, v. i.

To sing; to warble a little tune.

Beasts fain would sing; birds ditty to their notes. Herbert.


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