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[goh-lee] /ˈgoʊ li/
Origin of goalie
1920-25; goal + -ie Unabridged
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  • All you have to do is run down the field, without dropping it or allowing it to be knocked down, and flip it past the goalie.
  • But of course, no trainer would make such a promise to one goalie since it would be too great a disincentive to the others.
  • The hockey and goalie sticks, shafts and blades come in various shapes, sizes and colors.
  • Officials have been requested to be realistic and fair with regard to goalie contact from offensive players.
  • The goalkeeper must wear a goalie shirt different then jersey worn by either team.
  • Two defensive players are positioned rearward to protect the goalie.
  • Let's say you're a hockey goalie trying to stop a puck flying at you at high speed.
  • His head met the ball and the ball flew past the goalie.
  • In the twenty one games the team has played, the combination of the defense and goalie have only allowed nine goals.
  • Also, make sure that the goalie protects the ball with her entire body when she stops a low shot on the ground.
British Dictionary definitions for goalie


(informal) short for goalkeeper
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Word Origin and History for goalie

1921, from goal + -ie. Probably a shortening of goal-tender (1909), which tends to be the term used in ice hockey, as opposed to goal-keeper (1650s).

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