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


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Three goths, in various styles of dress typical of the goth subculture.


From Goth (person of a Germanic culture), influenced by Gothic describing a black horror novel.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɡɒθ/
  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): /ɡɑθ/
    • The US pronunciation is the same regardless of whether the speaker has the cotcaught merger, unlike other words in -oth.
  • Rhymes: -ɒθ
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goth (plural goths)

  1. (uncountable) A punk-derived subculture of people who predominantly dress in black, associated with mournful music and attitudes.
    • 2005, MC Frontalot (music), “Goth Girls”, in Nerdcore Rising[1]:
      I think that goth could flower in nerdcore's embrace.
      I converted Edward Gorey's lettering into a typeface,
      befriended vampires on LJ and MySpace,
      even put that spooky echo filter on the bass []
    Philip had been into goth for many years.
  2. (uncountable, music) A style of punk rock influenced by glam rock; gothic rock.
  3. (countable) A person who is part of the goth subculture.
    We saw a solitary goth hanging out on the steps of the train station.




  1. Relating to this music or these people.
    With her black clothes and dyed hair, Melanie looked very goth compared to her classmates.
    • 2014, Michelle Madow, The Secret Diamond Sisters (page 39)
      One of them looked like a total freak who had come straight off a Cirque du Soleil stage, with blue streaks in her hair, goth bracelets up her arm and so much black eyeliner that she could be on the set of Cleopatra.

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  1. goes
  2. went