- a genre of rock music that first became popular in the 1980s and is characterized by morbid themes and melodies.
- a person who is part of a subculture favoring this style of music and a dark and morbid aesthetic:goths dressed in black shirts and pants.
Origin of Goth
or Goth, goth.
Examples from the Web for goth
Yes, it was a fairly disappointing year in music—one devoid of Goth teen prodigies, Yeezy, and galvanizing rock anthems.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He fell in love with Hello Kitty as a teen when he was going through his goth phase—and she was too.Explosion of Cute: Inside the Superfan Mania of Hello Kitty Con 2014|Sarah Bay Williams|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From goth dating to plus-size, prisoners to gold diggers, these sites revolve around one thing: honesty.
Part of her Goth phase involved acquiring an impressive array of swords.
A futuristic Goth musical, Repo is set in a time when the human race is afflicted by a plague of organ failures.
Gainas, a Goth, was in command of the army, and had become all-powerful.Constantinople painted by Warwick Goble|Alexander Van Millingen
Nay, I should even pray that I might put off this purple to-day, if a Goth were to put it on.Procopius|Procopius
It was during his reign (in 410) that Rome was taken and sacked by Alaric the Goth.School Reading by Grades|James Baldwin
Even the good and great Ruskin, on the topic of Greek art, spake often like a Goth.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1|Elizabeth Bisland
In the year 402, Alaric the Goth for the first time broke into the Western empire.Women of Early Christianity|Alfred Brittain
- (of music) in a style of guitar-based rock with some similarities to heavy metal and punk and usually characterized by depressing or mournful lyrics
- (of fashion) characterized by black clothes and heavy make-up, often creating a ghostly appearance
Word Origin for Goth
Old English Gota (plural Gotan) "a Goth" (see Gothic). In 19c., in reference to living persons, it meant "a Gothicist" (1812), "an admirer of the Gothic style, especially in architecture." Modern use as an adjective in reference to a subculture style is from 1986, short for Gothic.
By 1982, when the legendary Batcave club opened in London, the music press had begun to use the term gothic rock to describe the music and fandom around which a new postpunk subculture was forming. [Lauren M.E. Goodlad & Michael Bibby, "Goth: Undead Subculture," 2007]