1800–10; jot + -ing1

jotty, adjective Unabridged


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
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World English Dictionary
jot (dʒɒt)
vb (usually foll by down) , jots, jotting, jotted
1.  to write a brief note of
2.  (used with a negative) a little bit (in phrases such as not to care (orgive) a jot)
[C16: from Latin jota, from Greek iōta, of Semitic origin; see iota]

jotting (ˈdʒɒtɪŋ)
something jotted down

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Word Origin & History

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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Bible Dictionary

Jot definition

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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Example sentences
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
At night he would read as many as a half dozen books at one sitting, jotting
  down excerpts that appealed to him.
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