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

Examples of jotting in a Sentence

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 At his home, police found jottings with the words Random House, as well as a Dell computer used to access an email address identified with the maneuver, according to police records. Aaron C. Davis, Washington Post, 17 June 2024 The jotting appeared on a copy of Mr. Cohen’s bank statement — the very one showing that Mr. Cohen had paid off Ms. Daniels. William K. Rashbaum, New York Times, 30 May 2024 But without leading characters, story or songs that are elevated, this love story remains not only leaden but as slight as jottings in journal. Frank Rizzo, Variety, 15 Mar. 2024 Some students sit on the edge of their seats, jotting notes on their laptops or in notebooks. C. Isaiah Smalls Ii, Miami Herald, 1 Mar. 2024 Batalha’s whiteboard is filled with jottings, notes for a proposal to observe several exoplanets, including twin Neptunelike planets orbiting a star more than 160 light years away from our sun. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 The memoir aims for jottings that, like their subjects, are thin, breakable, and already sliding off the page. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 11 Jan. 2024 Then, teams of handlers made laps with their charges in tow as the engineers raced after them, checking their calculations and jotting notes. Winnie Hu Emma Rose Milligan, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 In his jottings are the seeds of what would come—all the greatness and the failings of Facebook. Steven Levy, Wired, 12 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jotting was in 1814

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“Jotting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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