- 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
Examples from the Web for jot
The young man had the presence of mind to tail Gaylard Williams out of the park and jot down his license plate.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
I tell myself to jot down the times, but I never remember to do it.Testing Automatic Link, the FitBit for Your Car
Jamie Todd Rubin
July 8, 2014
“Maybe I should just jot down some of the things I might say,” he says.The Stacks: The Inimitable Albert Brooks Caught at the Dawn of His Movie Career
April 13, 2014
Sometimes I go through them and jot down things that would be useful for whatever book I happen to working on at the time.Amy Tan: How I Write
December 11, 2013
For the security of the numerous Afghan informants who work with U.S. troops, he cares not a jot.What Does Julian Assange Want?
July 28, 2010
Meanwhile, the passion of the lover abated not one jot, or for an instant.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
But before I remove one jot of these stains, I must hear the whole from you.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
Whether he were in the humour to profit by it, mattered not a jot.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
I found that his imprisonment had not made him one jot the wiser.The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete
Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
Most people do not care a jot whether their children go to one or the other.The Curse of Education
Harold E. Gorst
- (tr 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 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.