- 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
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 31, 2014
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
From goth dating to plus-size, prisoners to gold diggers, these sites revolve around one thing: honesty.The New Rules of Online Dating
Lizzie Crocker, Abby Haglage
February 14, 2013
Part of her Goth phase involved acquiring an impressive array of swords.12 Juicy Jolie Revelations
The Daily Beast
August 2, 2010
A futuristic Goth musical, Repo is set in a time when the human race is afflicted by a plague of organ failures.My Day With Paris
November 4, 2008
Historical Examples of goth
The God of the East hath delivered the Goth into your hands!Leila, Complete
When the Goth was summoned to depart, he destroyed ruthlessly.The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI
Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
Vinidarius, a Goth, of noble birth or a scientist, living in Italy.
By this ye may se, that many one goth to chyrch as moch for other thynges as for deuocyon.Shakespeare Jest-Books;
Nay, I should even pray that I might put off this purple to-day, if a Goth were to put it on.Procopius
- (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]