[goth-uh m, goh-thuh m for 1; got-uh m, goh-thuh m for 2]


a journalistic nickname for New York City.
an English village, proverbial for the foolishness of its inhabitants.

Related formsGoth·am·ite, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of gotham

Historical Examples of gotham

  • He was showing the sights of Gotham to a friend, and was proud of his knowledge.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • They have passed through the slums of literature and of the East Side of Gotham.

    'Charge It'

    Irving Bacheller

  • And now to my tale, now to finish forever the story of my experiences in Gotham!

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • "You can have the Gotham stage this afternoon," said Mr. Goble.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • When speaking of the city of New York do not refer to it as "Gotham."

    The Complete Bachelor

    Walter Germain

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