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See also: goth, goð, goþ, Goth., and góð



From Middle English Gothes, Gotes (both plural). In turn partly from Old English Gotan, singular Gota, and partly from Late Latin Gothi. Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *gutô, perhaps from *geutaną (to pour). Compare Old Norse Goti (Gotlander, Goth), and related also to Gutnish, Gotland.



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Goth (countable and uncountable, plural Goths)

  1. A member of the East Germanic people known for their invasion of the western Roman Empire and subsequent founding of successor states in Italy and Spain during Late Antiquity.
  2. (figurative) Uncivilized person, barbarian, vandal.
  3. Alternative form of goth (member of gothic subculture; or the subculture itself).
    • 2007, Raven Digitalis, Goth Craft: The Magickal Side of Dark Culture:
      For most Mansonites, Goth is only a phase, and their fashion and outlook on life change alongside Marilyn Manson's.

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Goth (comparative more Goth, superlative most Goth)

  1. Alternative form of goth
    • 2003, Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill, James P. Baen, Mad Maudlin:
      Kayla's look tended to change with the seasons; at the moment it was less Goth than paramilitary, with laced jump boots.

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Goth (plural Goths)

  1. A surname




Goth m (plural Goths)

  1. a Goth



Borrowed from English goth.


Goth m or f (strong, genitive Goths or Goth, plural Goths)

  1. goth (member of goth subculture)
    Synonym: Grufti
    • 2023 March 10, Oliver Tepel, “Soloalbum von Hans Nieswandt: Blumen des Guten”, in Die Tageszeitung: taz[1], →ISSN:
      Im bereits erwähnten Jahr des Wandels, 1986, präsentierten just die nun auch dem Postpunk-Gestrigen anheimfallenden gymnasialen Goths des britischen Labels 4AD auf dem zweiten Album von This Mortal Coil elegische Versionen wenig bekannter Hippie-Songs.
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Further reading[edit]

  • Goth” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache