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[jot-ing] /ˈdʒɒt ɪŋ/
the act of a person who jots.
a quickly written or brief note; memorandum.
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. 2014.
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Examples for jotting
  • Right now she is sitting on the ground, jotting notes with one hand and slapping sweat bees with the other.
  • jotting down questions, thoughts, and ideas that relate to my current research or possible future projects.
  • Many providers are used to jotting down notes that are later entered into a computer.
  • At night he would read as many as a half dozen books at one sitting, jotting down excerpts that appealed to him.
  • Most of them were reporters jotting notes on press pads.
  • Consider jotting down prices or special sales as you shop.
  • Try keeping a logbook in the glove compartment and jotting down the mileage of each business-related trip.
  • It also stresses active reading strategies such as asking oneself questions while reading and then jotting down the answers.
  • Bring pens for jotting notes on the back of business cards.
  • Always carrying a little notebook, he observed those citizens, jotting impressions of everyday scenes.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jotting
1526, borrowing of L. jota, variant spelling of Gk. iota "the letter -i-, the smallest letter in the alphabet, hence the least part of anything. The verb "to make a short note of" is attested from 1721.
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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