Definitions for ditty
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a short simple song (or the words of a poem intended to be sung)
A short verse or tune.
The Acme mattress ditty has been stuck in my head all day.
Etymology: From ditie or dité, from ditier, from dictāre (participle dictatus).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A poem to be sung; a song.
Etymology: dicht, Dutch.
Although we lay altogether aside the consideration of ditty or matter, the very harmony of sounds being framed in due sort, and carried from the ear to the spiritual faculties of our souls, is, by a native puissance and efficacy, greatly available to bring to a perfect temper whatsoever is there troubled. Hook.
Being young, I fram’d to the harp
Many an English ditty, lovely well,
And gave the tongue a helpful ornament William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.
Strike the melodious harp, shrill timbrels ring,
And to the warbling lute soft ditties sing. George Sandys.
His annual wound in Lebanon, allur’d
The Syrian damsels to lament his fate,
In am’rous ditties, all a Summer’s day. John Milton, Paradise Lost.
Mean while the rural ditties were not mute,
Temper’d to th’ oaten flute;
Rough satyrs danc’d. John Milton.
They will be sighing and singing under thy inexorable windows lamentable ditties, and call thee cruel. Dryden.
Ditty is a song by American rapper Paperboy from his debut studio album The Nine Yards. It is the opening track on the album and was issued as the album's lead single. The song is primarily based around a sample of Zapp's "Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)", but it also contains a sample of James Brown's "Funky President (People It's Bad)"."Ditty" is Paperboy's only song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #10 in 1993. It was awarded a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. In 1994, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, but lost to "Let Me Ride" by Dr. Dre.
A ditty is a short, simple, and typically catchy song or melody. It's often lighthearted or playful tune that is easy to remember.
a saying or utterance; especially, one that is short and frequently repeated; a theme
a song; a lay; a little poem intended to be sung
to sing; to warble a little tune
Etymology: [OE. dite, OF. diti, fr. L. dictatum, p. p. neut. of dictare to say often, dictate, compose. See Dictate, v. t.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dit′i, n. a song: a little poem to be sung. [O. Fr. ditie—L. dictātum, neut. of dictātus, perf. part. of dictāre, to dictate.]
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ditty is ranked #25459 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Ditty surname appeared 971 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Ditty.
95.6% or 929 total occurrences were White.
1.6% or 16 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.5% or 15 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
0.7% or 7 total occurrences were Black.
The numerical value of ditty in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of ditty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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