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Gotham

[goth-uh m, goh-thuh m for 1; got-uh m, goh-thuh m for 2] /ˈgɒθ əm, ˈgoʊ θəm for 1; ˈgɒt əm, ˈgoʊ θəm for 2/
noun
1.
a journalistic nickname for New York City.
2.
an English village, proverbial for the foolishness of its inhabitants.
Related forms
Gothamite, noun
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Gothamite

/ˈɡɒθəˌmaɪt/
noun
1.
(US) a native or inhabitant of New York City
Word Origin
C20: from Gotham, a nickname for New York City
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Word Origin and History for gothamite

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.

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