Origin of ta-taorigin, originally a child's term
A baby waves ta-ta.
An example of ta ta is when you wave your baby's hand and have him say "ta ta" to daddy.
Origin of ta-taOf baby-talk origin
- (chiefly UK, Australia, New Zealand, informal, colloquial) Goodbye.
Dated and rarely used in The United States, sometimes used in Canada. Although likely to be understood, it is likely to be considered rather humorous, particularly if used in a parody of British English speakers.
Probably derived from baby talk c1823 (imitative).
- The name is derived from that of the Ta-ta Mongols, who in the 5th century inhabited the north-eastern Gobi, and, after subjugation in the 9th century by the Khitans, migrated southward, there founding the Mongol empire under Jenghiz Khan.
- Jennifer gave her a ta-ta wave before they entered the Dean's office.