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[gohl-kee-per] /ˈgoʊlˌki pər/
(in ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, etc.) a player whose chief duty is to prevent the ball or puck from crossing or entering the goal.
Origin of goalkeeper
1650-60; goal + keeper
Related forms
goalkeeping, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for goalkeeper
  • He survived partly because he was a good goalkeeper on the prison football team.
  • The goalkeeper stood next to him, his eyes welling up as he sang.
  • But these players are not ordinary soccer players--they run on crutches and each goalkeeper has only one arm.
  • Each team must have a goalkeeper, and designate a team captain.
  • The goalkeeper position is both physically and mentally demanding.
  • All players on the same team must wear the same color of shirt, except the goalkeeper.
British Dictionary definitions for goalkeeper


(sport) a player in the goal whose duty is to prevent the ball, puck, etc, from entering or crossing it
Derived Forms
goalkeeping, noun
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