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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for jot
  • Alongside the video is a space for typed or handwritten notes, which students can jot down using a stylus.
  • Surprise: the criterion was met a few days ago, but the cartel has yet to increase output one jot.
  • Ask them to jot notes about daily life as they watch the videos and view the photos.
  • It won't care a jot if it is populated by human beings.
  • As they watch, students should jot down in their notebooks the tagline and description provided for each candidate.
  • If you think of something you can jot down an idea, but that is it.
  • Students can jot down key words or phrases or use self-stick notes.
  • After each of the instructions, there is space for the student to jot down ideas.
  • Try to think of questions they will ask and then jot down possible answers.
  • He hasn't done a jot of campaigning in the past year and his presidential prospects have risen dramatically.
British Dictionary definitions for jot


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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jot in the Bible

or Iota, the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet, used metaphorically or proverbially for the smallest thing (Matt. 5:18); or it may be = yod, which is the smallest of the Hebrew letters.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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