\ ˈjät How to pronounce jot (audio) \

Definition of jot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the least bit : iota


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

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 What the effect of this attack might be on the combustible politics of the region in question matters not a jot. The New Yorker, 20 May 2022 But the crime boss wouldn't go down without a fight and kept shooting at Black Lightning, forcing the hero to kill his nemesis with a jot of lightning. Chancellor Agard,, 25 May 2021 Yet none of this censure is likely to make a jot of difference. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 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, 28 June 2019 The strikes by the US and its allies will not change the military situation in Syria one jot. Tim Lister, CNN, 14 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Take out your pen and jot down some A-listers, the buzzier the better. Jocelyn Noveck, Chicago Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Take out your pen and jot down some A-listers, the buzzier the better. Jocelyn Noveck, ajc, 28 Apr. 2022 Only after Steve Kerr’s staff has reached a consensus will Brown begin to jot down the rotation that will win or lose the next game. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Apr. 2022 In an interview, Levin was eager to jot off his liberal credentials. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2022 The elder Parker would occasionally rise from the dinner table to jot down an idea, his son said. Kathleen Foody, Chron, 16 Mar. 2022 And if customers have earned big wins from one of your products, jot those down and sing it to anyone who will listen. William Arruda, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Be sure to read between the lines and jot down any sudden bursts of inspiration, because something worth its weight in gold could come to you when least expected. Tarot Astrologers,, 12 Mar. 2022 At the time, Jotto paper pads were sold in stores to jot down word guesses. Joseph Pisani, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of jot


1500, in the meaning defined above


1721, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jot


Latin iota, jota iota

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22 May 2022

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“Jot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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\ ˈjät How to pronounce jot (audio) \

Kids Definition of jot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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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