Definition of "goth" []

  • A style of rock music, noted especially for somber or ethereal tones and lugubrious lyrics. (noun)
  • A performer or follower of this style of music. (noun)
  • A member of an East Germanic people from Scandinavia who settled south of the Baltic early in the first millennium ad. They moved on to the Ukrainian steppes and raided and later invaded many parts of the Roman Empire from the 3rd to the 5th century (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A rude or barbaric person (noun)
  • An aficionado of Goth music and fashion (noun)
  • (of music) in a style of guitar-based rock with some similarities to heavy metal and punk and usually characterized by depressing or mournful lyrics (adjective)
  • (of fashion) characterized by black clothes and heavy make-up, often creating a ghostly appearance (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "goth" in a sentence
  • "It must've been around this time (79?) that the term goth was coined."
  • "If there's an instinctive cringe when the term goth is invoked, that's because too many people have a narrow and reductive idea of what it represents."
  • "A kind of self-worship in goth regalia, cribbed from Rand, Nietzsche and with a sprinkling of Crowley."