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[jot-ing] /ˈdʒɒt ɪŋ/
the act of a person who jots.
a quickly written or brief note; memorandum.
Origin of jotting
1800-10; jot + -ing1
Related forms
jotty, adjective


[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.
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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  • You may re member better by jotting them down in order of the beds, with names and a brief comment on each patient.

  • He stopped by Jeff Arnold, who was jotting down figures from the chrono.

    We're Friends, Now Henry Hasse
  • Suzanne took all this in, jotting notes on an old-fashioned spiral-bound shirt-pocket notebook.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • Of one of these characteristic tanks I have made a jotting in colour.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • “Just so,” said Tipps, jotting down with a pencil on the back of a letter.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • I made a jotting from recollection, so I will put it in here.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • Then, jotting them down, he called Havana and some mysterious person and asked for the winning numbers.

    Mavis of Green Hill Faith Baldwin
  • Kettlewell ran it down quickly and she nodded, jotting notes.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • The conductor had taken out a memorandum book and was jotting down something.

British Dictionary definitions for jotting


something jotted down


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 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.


"to make a short note of," 1721, from jot (n.). Related: Jotted; jotting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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jotting 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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