- a journalistic nickname for New York City.
- an English village, proverbial for the foolishness of its inhabitants.
Examples from the Web for gothamite
The solemn-looking Gothamite who came with them must have slipped out.Found in the Philippines
In another version a man goes to market with two bags of cheese, and sends them downhill, like the Gothamite.
And now a few more Indian and other stories of the Gothamite class to conclude the present section.
Every Gothamite loved that phrase, "our city," and Mrs. Snograss dwelt on the words with the nicest shade of mimicry.The ghosts of their ancestors
Weymer Jay Mills
- US a native or inhabitant of New York City
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.