the act of a person who jots.
a quickly written or brief note; memorandum.

Origin of jotting

First recorded in 1800–10; jot + -ing1
Related formsjot·ty, adjective



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 jotting

note, write, list, indicate, record

Examples from the Web for jotting

Contemporary Examples of jotting

  • Beard obliged by tearing off a piece of his tattered shirtsleeve and jotting down the ingredients.

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    John Ferrone

    November 3, 2009

Historical Examples of jotting

British Dictionary definitions for jotting



something jotted down


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 jotting



"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