from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A simple song.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short verse or tune.
- v. To sing; to warble a little tune.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- intransitive v. To sing; to warble a little tune.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short simple song (or the words of a poem intended to be sung)
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)
From Old French ditie or dité, from ditier, from Latin dictāre (participle dictatus). (Wiktionary)