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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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  • He consulted a list on which he had jotted down a few names in pencil.

  • It must be remembered that these notes are only jotted down as they have occurred to me.

  • The frown deepened on her smooth forehead as she jotted down her subjects on the sheet of paper before her.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • Presently he began and she jotted the message on the margin of her book.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • While still undecided, he jotted down ninety-nine different subjects, sixty-one Scriptural, thirty-eight from British history.

  • He was quite right: number 514, series 23, was jotted down on the fly-leaf.

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • In some he had jotted down a name and a date, or a word which stood for a whole train of ideas.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for jotted


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 jotted



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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jotted 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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