jot

noun
\ˈjät \

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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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

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 If Mike Pence replaced Donald Trump and implemented every jot and tittle of the conservative program, then won reelection, most Republicans would be enraged, not excited. Ben Shapiro, National Review, "More and More Trump Supporters Celebrate His Character Flaws," 19 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sarri smokes, wears retro spectacles, and hunches over to jot down notes on a small pad during matches. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Chelsea replace Conte with former Napoli boss Sarri," 14 July 2018 The evidence for the feasibility of universal health care goes beyond theories jotted on the back of prescription pads. The Economist, "Universal health care, worldwide, is within reach," 28 Apr. 2018 The Pencil, support for which had been limited to the more expensive iPad Pro, allows users to sketch, paint, jot down notes, mark up documents and more. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Apple's new iPad for students comes with Pencil support, lower price," 27 Mar. 2018 No Bullying’ stickers and pins, two McNay books on the collection and the campus, more books and reading materials, a McNay exhibition catalog, at least two protein bars and lots of notebooks to jot down ideas and thoughts for presentations. Lainey Berkus, San Antonio Express-News, "A peek inside McNay director’s bag made from seat belts," 25 June 2018 Reviews of the burgers were immediately jotted down after the samples. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Three more of the Top 20 contenders for Cleveland's Best Burger visited (Element 41, Swensons, Stevenson's)," 1 May 2018 Small pen and notebook for jotting down your new friends’ contact info A bike – although don’t bring your nice one. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "Your Essential Burning Man Packing List," 22 Jan. 2018 Billboard jotted down notes throughout the day to give you the festival’s biggest moments from some of our favorite artists. Eric Diep, Billboard, "Erykah Badu, Miguel & More Bring Back the Spirit of Smokin' Grooves in Long Beach," 17 June 2018 In 1972, while stopping in Hawaii en route to Beijing, President Nixon jotted a few notes to himself on a yellow pad ahead of his historic encounter with Mao Zedong, the revolutionary founder of the People’s Republic of China. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Nixon Did It. Why Not Trump? Crib Notes for a Presidential Summit," 11 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for jot

jot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the smallest amount

jot

verb

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

: to write down (something) quickly

jot

noun
\ˈjät \

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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