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[goth-uh m, goh-thuh m for 1; got-uh m, goh-thuh m for 2] /ˈgɒθ əm, ˈgoʊ θəm for 1; ˈgɒt əm, ˈgoʊ θəm for 2/
a journalistic nickname for New York City.
an English village, proverbial for the foolishness of its inhabitants.
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Gothamite, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Once on a time the men of Gotham had forgotten to pay their landlord.

    English Fairy Tales Flora Annie Steel
  • He was showing the sights of Gotham to a friend, and was proud of his knowledge.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • Like Gotham Court, it was originally built as a model tenement, but speedily came to rival the Court in foulness.

    How the Other Half Lives Jacob A. Riis
  • "You can have the Gotham stage this afternoon," said Mr. Goble.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • At The Gotham, her bare little chamber, with its garish wall-paper, was a source of acute discomfort to her.

Word Origin and History for Gotham

"New York City," first used by Washington Irving, 1807, based on "Merrie Tales of the Mad Men of Gotham" (1460), a collection of legendary stories of English villagers alternately wise and foolish. There is a village of this name in Nottinghamshire, originally Gatham (1086), in Old English, "Enclosure (literally 'homestead') where goats are kept." It is unknown if this was the place intended.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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