From Middle English Gothes, Gotes (both plural). In turn partly from Old English Gotan, Goþan, singular Gota, Goþa, and partly from Late Latin Gothi. Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *gutô, perhaps from *geutaną (“to pour”), but more likely from *gudanaz. Compare Old Norse Goti (“Gotlander, Goth”), and related also to Gutnish, Gotland.
Goth (plural Goths)
- A member of the East Germanic tribe, who invaded the Roman Empire in the 3rd to 5th centuries.
- (figuratively) uncivilized person, barbarian, Vandal