Definition of jotting in English:



usually jottings
  • A brief note.

    ‘a few jottings on an envelope’
    • ‘Aloof and academic, his book, The Hidden Plot, is essentially a collection of essays distilled from articles, notebooks and jottings.’
    • ‘He read the brief jottings which Walter had made in his notebook during the interview and a small fly, attracted by its brightness under the neon, settled on the left-hand page.’
    • ‘Dame Felicity Lott - verging on venerable these days - got round it another way: a small notebook with text jottings or quick reference.’
    • ‘Coe worked for eight years on this biography, studying - indeed at times it seems memorising - Johnson's journals, letters, manuscripts and jottings.’
    • ‘Separately and together they wrote many books, mainly set in Ireland, as well as many articles, letters, diaries, and jottings.’
    • ‘The compulsion to write - to fill up a blank page as an assertion of identity and ego - often produced volumes of personal jottings: page upon page of astounding outpouring and emotional release.’
    • ‘The jottings in his diary certainly showed him to be depressed.’
    • ‘All I know is that our conversations developed into interviews; my nods and giggles became jottings, shorthand notes, pages of details, then yards of Dictaphone tapes on my wall, distinct only by a date on the label.’
    • ‘He seems to have preserved every draft, complete or not, bits of juvenilia, jottings, letters sent and received.’
    • ‘In his famous sketchbook jottings, he wrote, ‘Take an object; do something to it; do something else to it.’’
    • ‘Each department bureaucrat made his/her own jottings on the letter and after a while Satyendra Dubey obviously became persona-non-grata and bureaucracy-enemy-number-one.’
    • ‘Educated at Trinity College, Oxford, Aubrey carefully enquired into Shakespeare's life and left brief and hectic jottings about it, amidst a chaos of manuscripts first edited by Andrew Clark in 1898.’
    • ‘No notes were taken of what the scientist said, the only record of the interview being jottings into a personal organiser made several hours later.’
    • ‘In the evening I started putting down some jottings for an article that I'm writing on the skin bleaching problem that we have here.’
    • ‘At line 21, Mr Smith, the Board's witness of the facts, says that the letters were created from notes and jottings at the meeting on 3 October 1996.’
    • ‘These reflections, one of which we have just heard, were posthumously published from his diary jottings in a book called, in English, ‘Markings’.’
    • ‘Though I can make a cursory record, a quick sketch of those first sensations and impressions that flood the traveler, I find these jottings to be incomplete - just notes.’
    • ‘Rather, we might follow the example of one especially history-aware acquaintance, who has been assiduously preserving letters, scraps of poetry and journal jottings.’
    • ‘Books he used for teaching often had their endpapers covered with page numbers, references, and brief comments; these jottings formed his working index, a set of notes that would never be separated from the book.’
    • ‘This is recounted in a short piece on the Chief Minister, which is written in the form of diary jottings.’
    record, account, entry, item, notation, minute, inscription
    minutes, records, jottings, report, account, commentary, transcript, proceedings, transactions
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