- a journalistic nickname for New York City.
- an English village, proverbial for the foolishness of its inhabitants.
Examples from the Web for gotham
Amirpour cautions, however, that Bad City is only “Iran, Iran” as far as Gotham City is New York.The Punk Behind Iran's Only Vampire Spaghetti Western-Style Love Story
November 21, 2014
Giulavogui cried, 55 years old and less than a decade in America, but sounding like a Gotham newsboy from another era.From Ebola Country to NYC’s Subways
October 25, 2014
He told Gotham magazine that he was the youngest in a family with six sisters.Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, American Great, Dead at 82
October 21, 2014
Whereas Gotham mopes in the shadows, The Flash bursts like a splash page.‘The Flash’ Review: Teen Angst Gets a Comic Book Quickie
October 7, 2014
Maybe Gotham is the live-action superhero show we deserve, just not the one we need right now.Batman Deserves Better Than ‘Gotham’
September 23, 2014
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'
And now to my tale, now to finish forever the story of my experiences in Gotham!Old Fogy
"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
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.