Definition of jot in English:



  • Write (something) quickly.

    ‘when you've found the answers, jot them down’
    • ‘All kinds of snippets of ideas for tunes kept popping into my head so I jotted them down.’
    • ‘She ripped out a piece of paper from one of her notebooks and jotted it down.’
    • ‘He measured the length, and the diameter of the dart, and jotted it down in his small notepad.’
    • ‘She then thought of some ideas, jotted them down and started to write some sentences.’
    • ‘I quickly jotted it down and handed it to him, and he quickly pocketed it.’
    • ‘Rebecca jotted it down and agreed to come over to Mark's house in about fifteen minutes.’
    • ‘She recited Sarah's phone number to Larisa who jotted it down on a piece of paper.’
    • ‘As I told him, he jotted it down on his clipboard and read it back to me.’
    • ‘An instant after the last letter was jotted down, someone knocked on the door.’
    • ‘She jotted it down on her notepad and glanced at me briefly before turning to head back to the counter.’
    • ‘Duke hunted along the dashboard for a pen and jotted a few things in the borders of a curling menu.’
    • ‘His gaze never left them as he neatly jotted notes down on a small notepad.’
    • ‘He moved behind her and rubbed her neck as she jotted a few ideas down on paper.’
    • ‘One of the two policemen jotted notes in a leather bound pad while the other talked to Rick.’
    • ‘Miller might have jotted the name down, but then, she would have isolated it.’
    • ‘I quickly jotted several things down in my notebook and mentally cackled.’
    • ‘We talked for a while, and after her coins ran out I jotted the number on the wood beside my phone and called her back.’
    • ‘He jotted it down in a small notebook I hadn't noticed him holding before.’
    • ‘He then jotted a note to her while discussing the importance of family and the strength of prayer.’
    • ‘The waitress immediately took out a piece of paper and a pen from her apron and jotted the notes down.’
    write down, note down, make a note of, take down, set down, put down, put on paper, mark down
    log, record, list, register, enter
    scribble, scrawl
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  • [usually with negative] A very small amount.

    ‘you didn't care a jot’
    ‘I have yet to see one jot of evidence’
    • ‘I have said that the circumstances do not deserve one jot of sympathy.’
    • ‘They were so helpless and vulnerable, yet didn't seem to care a jot, wanting only to play and charge around.’
    • ‘The truth is, it doesn't matter, not a jot, not a tittle.’
    • ‘And the fact that Lesley is a woman did not matter one jot.’
    • ‘There is not one jot of evidence that such an experience actually occurred in the infancy of one of Freud's patients.’
    • ‘Now this surprised me not a jot because, like most non-social workers, I am a firm believer that kids who are allowed to do as they please grow up to be monsters.’
    • ‘With the greatest of respect to the Ireland captain, he would not have made a jot of difference against such physical and technical ability.’
    • ‘She smiled uneasily at her friend who looked very much as though she cared not a jot for her record.’
    • ‘The Arts Council grant freeze doesn't surprise me one jot.’
    • ‘It's not bad but neither is it brilliant - which won't bother 99 per cent of buyers one jot as they are in it for the image.’
    • ‘We have not heard one jot of policy from the National Party today - not one jot.’
    • ‘But I suspect Ferguson doesn't care a jot about the opinion of his colleagues.’
    • ‘The saddest aspect is that it probably won't matter a jot.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I don't care a jot for any of that.’
    • ‘I'm finally ready for Christmas, and there's not a jot of snow to be found.’
    • ‘It makes not one jot of difference that no actual blood is visible on their hands.’
    • ‘No, I won't give away a jot of the plot here; the movie does that nicely enough.’
    • ‘They don't even care a jot whether you like the result.’
    • ‘Even the scientists who advocate for that protocol recognise that it will not make one jot of difference, even if it is fully implemented.’
    • ‘It is a mystery, but a delightful one, even if you care not a jot for genealogy.’
    iota, scrap, shred, whit, grain, crumb, ounce, little bit, bit, tiniest bit, jot or tittle, fraction, speck, atom, particle, scintilla, trace, hint, mite
    rap, hoot, fig
    smidgen, smidge, tad, damn, tinker's cuss, monkey's
    scantling, scruple, smitch
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Late 15th century (as a noun): via Latin from Greek iōta, the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet (see iota).