[goth-uhm, goh-thuhm for 1; got-uhm, goh-thuhm for 2]
a journalistic nickname for New York City.
an English village, proverbial for the foolishness of its inhabitants.

Gothamite, noun Unabridged
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Gothamite (ˈɡɒθəˌmaɪt)
(US) a native or inhabitant of New York City
[C20: from Gotham, a nickname for New York City]

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Word Origin & History

"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), O.E., "Enclosure (lit. 'homestead')
where goats are kept." It is unknown if this was the place intended.
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