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jotting

[jot-ing] /ˈdʒɒt ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person who jots.
2.
a quickly written or brief note; memorandum.
Origin of jotting
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; jot + -ing1
Related forms
jotty, adjective

jot

[jot] /dʒɒt/
verb (used with object), jotted, jotting.
1.
to write or mark down quickly or briefly (usually followed by down):
Jot down his license number.
noun
2.
the least part of something; a little bit:
I don't care a jot.
Idioms
3.
not a jot or tittle, not a bit; not at all:
The world situation matters not a jot or tittle to him.
Origin
1520-30; earlier iot, iote < Latin iōta < Greek iôta iota
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  • He stopped by Jeff Arnold, who was jotting down figures from the chrono.

    We're Friends, Now Henry Hasse
  • Of one of these characteristic tanks I have made a jotting in colour.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • I made a jotting from recollection, so I will put it in here.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • She had seated herself at the desk and was jotting down a note of her duties.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • It is enough, mademoiselle, said Smithers, jotting down notes.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • He spent the entire morning in jotting down ideas as they came to him.

    The Blue Birds' Winter Nest Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • “Just so,” said Tipps, jotting down with a pencil on the back of a letter.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • They heard her to the end, jotting down the directions for finding her treasure.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • Kettlewell ran it down quickly and she nodded, jotting notes.

    Makers

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British Dictionary definitions for jotting

jotting

/ˈdʒɒtɪŋ/
noun
1.
something jotted down

jot

/dʒɒt/
verb jots, jotting, jotted
1.
(transitive) usually foll by down. to write a brief note of
noun
2.
(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 jotting

jot

v.

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

jot

n.

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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