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[jot] /dʒɒt/
verb (used with object), jotted, jotting.
to write or mark down quickly or briefly (usually followed by down):
Jot down his license number.
the least part of something; a little bit:
I don't care a jot.
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 Unabridged
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  • He noted the direction of Andrew's eyes while he jotted down the items.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He was consulting a small note-book, wherein he jotted down some figures.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • He now drew out his note-book and jotted down one or two memoranda.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • At the nearest one of these last was jotted down the words: "Umbrela Tree."

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • These he jotted down in his notebook, together with cross-sections of width.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • And he jotted down the name, I presume phonetically, in his note-book.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • It must be remembered that these notes are only jotted down as they have occurred to me.

British Dictionary definitions for jotted


verb jots, jotting, jotted
(transitive) usually foll by down. to write a brief note of
(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 jotted



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



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.

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