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New York City. The nickname was popularized by Washington Irving and others in Salmagundi, a series of satirical sketches (1807-1808), and makes reference to English popular tales about Gotham, a village near Nottingham, England, whose villagers were depicted as feigning stupidity and foolishness in order to avoid government impositions.

Goth′am·ite′ (-ə-mīt′) n.
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US a native or inhabitant of New York City
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She will be fighting alongside the Gothamite and the Kryptonian in Batman v Superman.
The descriptions of New York City and The Bronx (where this dyed-in-the-wool Gothamite grew up) are so accurate and graphic that it invokes real nostalgia.
As even the average first-year Gothamite knows, the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side are distinct neighborhoods with vastly different characteristics.
A fellow Gothamite and roast mistress stole the show when she roasted Goel at the Book Warming.
But the archetypal tale of Gothamite behavior was when King John intended to establish a hunting lodge nearby.
Having taken ambiguity to disturbing extremes in his slippery 2003 documentary "Capturing the Friedmans," director Andrew Jarecki unveils a very different true-crime saga in "All Good Things." Modeled on the strange story of Robert Durst, the wealthy Gothamite long suspected but never implicated in his wife's 1982 disappearance, this feverishly creepy but dramatically miscalculated picture reps an unhappy marriage of murky psychodrama and dubious theorizing.
The proliferation of carjackings means people are no longer safe even in their automobiles." Echoing Roberts of the Times, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen chimed in with an October 1993 column that asserted, "Aside from the deranged, there's not a single Gothamite who thinks it has gotten better under Dinkins--no matter what his statistics say."
The entry on Tony Cuccinello in the 1933 edition of Who's Who in Major League Baseball noted: "The squatty Gothamite always gives his countrymen an outlet for their pentup emotions when he steps into action on the diamond for he is of the aggressive type and packs quite a hefty wallop." (14)
Here and elsewhere, misplaced clauses and offhand word-choices shiver important sentences; language sometimes seems to be parked hastily wherever there is a glimmer of daylight, and occasionally with Gothamite disregard for law and prudence.
" I guess that a great deal of the accuracy of this report depends upon what you mean by the "Old West." In my youth as a Gothamite, California was somewhat considered part of the Old West but was gradually losing its reputation in this regard.