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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
First recorded in 1650-60; goal + keeper
Related forms
goalkeeping, noun Unabridged
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  • It is also important to know when to pass back to the goalkeeper, and to do so correctly.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • By doing so he gives the goalkeeper no possible chance of knowing where it is going.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • The opponents' goalkeeper shall not advance beyond his goal line.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • If the half-back makes a mistake it can be rectified by the man behind him, but if the goalkeeper makes a blunder it is fatal.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • I have often seen a goal scored simply through a poor return by the goalkeeper.

    Association Football John Cameron
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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