verb (used with object), jot·ted, jot·ting.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for jotted

note, write, list, indicate, record

Examples from the Web for jotted

Contemporary Examples of jotted

Historical Examples of jotted

  • He noted the direction of Andrew's eyes while he jotted down the items.

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for jotted


verb jots, jotting or jotted

(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 for jot

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper