jot·​ting ˈjä-tiŋ How to pronounce jotting (audio)
: a brief note : memorandum

Example Sentences

the judges reviewed their jottings one last time before selecting the pinot noir as the best wine of the tasting overall
Recent Examples on the Web In his jottings are the seeds of what would come—all the greatness and the failings of Facebook. Steven Levy, Wired, 12 Feb. 2020 The Harriot papers are a mishmash of calculations, marginal jottings, correspondence and even a shopping list (galls for ink, shoestrings, a ribbon for his dagger). Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, 21 June 2019 The angels are in the details that fill the pages of his climbing journal, which might look, to a casual observer, like the dense jottings of a patient in a psychiatric hospital. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2018 The journal, which runs more than 2,000 pages in the original French, ranges from mundane jottings to deep reflections. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2018 There is also an official scorer, whose stats circulate throughout the game and are going to be more reliable than the jottings of a fifth-grader. Jon Wertheim,, 14 Feb. 2018 A few recent examples include a diary with JFK's jottings, inner thoughts on politics and his personal beliefs sold last month at a Boston auction for more than $700,000, a half-million dollars over the estimate. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 26 May 2017 The random jottings have no relationship at all to what’s underneath, so that the manic seems at war with the structured, the mundane with the ethereal. Gary Faigin, The Seattle Times, 18 May 2017 Out of these centuries-old jottings, Ulrich conjured an entire social world centered on women’s emotions, experiences and labor. Beverly Gage, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jotting was in 1814

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“Jotting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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