jot

noun
\ ˈjät How to pronounce jot (audio) \

Definition of jot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the least bit : iota

jot

verb
jotted; jotting

Definition of jot (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to write briefly or hurriedly : set down in the form of a note jot this down

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Synonyms for jot

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of jot in a Sentence

Noun it's obvious that he doesn't have a jot of interest in history Verb He paused to jot a few notes on a slip of paper.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now, while her mom is caring for patients, Ruby goes room to room, jots down wishes and sets out to grant them. CBS News, "On the Road: A year to remember with Steve Hartman," 26 Dec. 2019 This doesn’t mean that God wants you to own an AR-15, or that every jot and tittle of our current gun regime is divinely mandated. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Yes, Gun Ownership Is a God-Given Right," 6 Sep. 2019 Now, while her mom is caring for patients, Ruby goes room-to-room, jots down wishes and then sets out to grant those wishes. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "11-year-old expands her charity granting wishes to nursing home residents," 28 June 2019 The strikes by the US and its allies will not change the military situation in Syria one jot. Tim Lister, CNN, "Syria strikes: The real impact is in Moscow," 14 Apr. 2018 The free kick came in controversial circumstances after a further two minutes of injury time were played at the end of the contest, but the hosts won't care one jot as they were spared the ignominy of losing on home soil. SI.com, "WATCH: Riyad Mahrez Scores Late Free-Kick Against Bournemouth," 3 Mar. 2018 Every scrap of wood, snip of fiber or jot of stone must be removed by hand. Matt Peckham, Time, "Stardew Valley for Switch Feels Like the Farming Game's Ideal Home," 6 Oct. 2017 But the loss of a single cell’s contribution matters not a jot. The Economist, "A cell among trillionsUnderstanding cancer’s unruly origins helps early diagnosis," 16 Sep. 2017 But Mayweather didn’t have a jot of trouble against southpaw Robert Guerrero in 2013. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor hype train rolls on with a left-handed concoction," 21 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After jotting down my weight and other measurements, Means encouraged me to write down my goals. courier-journal.com, "Dominique Yates: 2 moments made me stop accepting I was overweight. My yearlong journey to health," 13 May 2020 The idea: jot down a few thoughts on the postcard and send it to somebody who’s in your thoughts. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investors shrug off coronavirus bailout tab, sending markets higher," 5 May 2020 The concept is simple: At the end of the day, every day, grab a scrap of paper and jot down the day’s happiest moment — whatever brings you peace or joy — no matter how big or small. Dallas News, "Improve your day with these happiness hacks," 4 May 2020 Any of these five hotspots can remain hot from early spring right through the spawning period—so be sure to jot each of them down in your own bass playbook. Steve Price, Field & Stream, "5 Pro Secrets for Finding and Catching Spring Bass," 28 Apr. 2020 Information was jotted down on pad and paper and typed into an Excel spreadsheet. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "Philly ranked your street's trash problem by counting pieces of litter," 21 Feb. 2018 Withers achieved staggering emotional breadth with such simple techniques, jotting lyrical thought-bubbles down on scraps of paper, then meditating on them until their durability felt worthy of a song. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Bill Withers, on repeat," 3 Apr. 2020 Rather than lavish drawings, Saar’s sketches read as visual notations jotting down something in the mind’s eye — a kind of memo-to-self, written with the simple directness of a grocery list. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At LACMA, Betye Saar’s distinctive assemblage art probes American racism," 24 Sep. 2019 The birth mother’s name started popping up in web searches that other people conducted for me; folks walked up and snuggled scraps of paper into my fist, donny molloy jotted a few times onto each slip, accompanied by phone numbers, addresses. Harry Dodge, Harper's Magazine, "Lost and Found," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of jot

Noun

1500, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1721, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jot

Noun

Latin iota, jota iota

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“Jot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jot. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for jot

jot

noun
How to pronounce jot (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal + somewhat old-fashioned : the smallest amount

jot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jot (Entry 2 of 2)

: to write down (something) quickly

jot

noun
\ ˈjät How to pronounce jot (audio) \

Kids Definition of jot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the least bit I don't care a jot.

jot

verb
jotted; jotting

Kids Definition of jot (Entry 2 of 2)

: to write briefly or in a hurry I jot down their names and requests.— Carolyn Keene, The Double Jinx Mystery

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