What does ditty mean?

Definitions for ditty
ˈdɪt idit·ty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word ditty.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dittynoun

    a short simple song (or the words of a poem intended to be sung)


  1. dittynoun

    A short verse or tune.

    The Acme mattress ditty has been stuck in my head all day.

  2. Etymology: From ditie or dité, from ditier, from dictāre (participle dictatus).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DITTYnoun

    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.


  1. Ditty

    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.


  1. ditty

    A ditty is a short, simple, and typically catchy song or melody. It's often lighthearted or playful tune that is easy to remember.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dittyverb

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

  2. Dittyverb

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

  3. Dittyverb

    to sing; to warble a little tune

  4. 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

  1. Ditty

    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

  1. DITTY

    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.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce ditty?

How to say ditty in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ditty in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ditty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for ditty

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for ditty »


Find a translation for the ditty definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"ditty." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 30 Nov. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/ditty>.

Discuss these ditty definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for ditty? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    in or of the month preceding the present one
    • A. eminent
    • B. extroversive
    • C. foreordained
    • D. ultimo

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for ditty: