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verb (used with object), jot·ted, jot·ting.
  1. to write or mark down quickly or briefly (usually followed by down): Jot down his license number.
  1. the least part of something; a little bit: I don't care a jot.
  1. not a jot or tittle, not a bit; not at all: The world situation matters not a jot or tittle to him.

Origin of jot

1520–30; earlier iot, iote < Latin iōta < Greek iôta iota
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verb jots, jotting or jotted
  1. (tr usually foll by down) to write a brief note of
  1. (used with a negative) a little bit (in phrases such as not to care (or give) a jot)

Word Origin

C16: from Latin jota, from Greek iōta, of Semitic origin; see iota
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Word Origin and History for jot


1520s, borrowing of Latin jota, variant spelling of Greek iota "the letter -i-," the smallest letter in the alphabet, hence the least part of anything.


"to make a short note of," 1721, from jot (n.). Related: Jotted; jotting.

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