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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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 Yet none of this censure is likely to make a jot of difference. Washington Post, "China’s Hong Kong crackdown poses an immediate challenge for Biden," 13 Nov. 2020 The faithful need to hear them and see them, every jot and tittle, like a prayer or a chant. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Pint-Sized Hurt Pimps Win One at the Getty," 19 Aug. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Or use it to jot down important details for the big day. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "15 Something Blue Ideas for a Picture-Perfect Wedding Day," 29 Mar. 2021 Don't use a computer, smartphone or tablet to jot down your worries, though, experts warn. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "8 ways to fall back asleep after waking in the night," 23 Feb. 2021 Every once in a while, jot down something that resonated from your day. Jessamyn Stanley, SELF, "16 Self-Care Tips to Help Carry You Through This Winter," 22 Jan. 2021 Carrying around a planner may seem a little passé in a world of digital calendars and alerts, but finding the right one to jot down details and goals can be actually extremely useful. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "17 of the Best Planners for Getting Organized in the New Year," 2 Jan. 2021 So go on, jot down your measurements and browse the best Etsy stores to find vintage gems. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, "The 15 Best Etsy Stores to Shop Vintage Fashion in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 Visitors are invited to jot down their thoughts on the work, which deals with capital punishment, and post them on the wall in one of the exhibition space’s small rooms. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "From Death Row to gallery walls: San Antonio artist Mark Menjivar explores death penalty in two new exhibits," 4 Dec. 2020 At that point, Alice and Bob randomly choose between one of two different measurements, measure the particle, and jot down the result. Quanta Magazine, "A New Theorem Maps Out the Limits of Quantum Physics," 3 Dec. 2020 Keep a pencil nearby to jot down your most inspiring and creative ideas at the end of the year, when your ability to visualize the consequences of your actions is at a peak. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 20, 2020: Virgo, measure twice, cut once; Capricorn, buckle down," 20 Nov. 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 11 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for jot

jot

noun

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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