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[goth-uh m, goh-thuh m for 1; got-uh m, goh-thuh m for 2]
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  1. a journalistic nickname for New York City.
  2. an English village, proverbial for the foolishness of its inhabitants.
Related formsGoth·am·ite, noun
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Examples from the Web for gothamite

Historical Examples

  • The solemn-looking Gothamite who came with them must have slipped out.

    Found in the Philippines

    Charles King

  • In another version a man goes to market with two bags of cheese, and sends them downhill, like the Gothamite.

    The Book of Noodles

    W. A. Clouston

  • And now a few more Indian and other stories of the Gothamite class to conclude the present section.

    The Book of Noodles

    W. A. Clouston

  • Every Gothamite loved that phrase, "our city," and Mrs. Snograss dwelt on the words with the nicest shade of mimicry.

British Dictionary definitions for gothamite


  1. US a native or inhabitant of New York City

Word Origin

C20: from Gotham, a nickname for New York City
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gothamite


"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