Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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JOTTLE, v. To busy oneself with trifles, to accomplish little although appearing to be industrious (m.Lth.1 1959). [dʒotl] w.Lth. 1825  Jam.:
He's jottlin on.

Hence jottler, jottling man, an odd job man on a farm, an orra man (Lth. 1825 Jam.; Uls. 1953 Traynor, jottler).

[Freq. form of Jot, v. Cf. Jotter.]

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