Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Goth"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Goth \Goth\, n. [L. Gothi, pl.; cf. Gr. ?]
1. (Ethnol.) One of an ancient Teutonic race, who dwelt
between the Elbe and the Vistula in the early part of the
Christian era, and who overran and took an important part
in subverting the Roman empire.

Note: Under the reign of Valens, they took possession of
Dacia (the modern Transylvania and the adjoining
regions), and came to be known as Ostrogoths and
Visigoths, or East and West Goths; the former
inhabiting countries on the Black Sea up to the Danube,
and the latter on this river generally. Some of them
took possession of the province of Moesia, and hence
were called Moesogoths. Others, who made their way to
Scandinavia, at a time unknown to history, are
sometimes styled Suiogoths.

2. One who is rude or uncivilized; a barbarian; a rude,
ignorant person. --Chesterfield.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or
refinement [syn: {peasant}, {barbarian}, {boor}, {churl},
{Goth}, {tyke}, {tike}]
2: one of the Teutonic people who invaded the Roman Empire in
the 3rd to 5th centuries [syn: {Goth}]

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