[ goh-lee ]
/ ˈgoʊ li /
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Origin of goalie

First recorded in 1920–25; goal + -ie
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What does goalie mean?

In sports like soccer (football) and hockey, goalie is an informal name for the goalkeeper, the player positioned in front of the goal whose job is to prevent the ball or puck from entering it (or crossing the goal line).

Goalie can be used to refer to the position or the player. A goalie might say they play goalie. 

The position is usually officially called goalkeeper or goaltender, but goalie is very commonly used, especially in youth sports. In soccer, the goalkeeper is also sometimes called the keeper.

Example: When I played soccer, I was the goalie, and I was pretty good, especially because I was quick and had long arms for my age.

Where does goalie come from>

The first records of the word goalie come from the 1920s. The suffix -ie is a variant of the suffix y and is used to make words more informal, such as in doggie and biggie.

In a lot of sports, the object of the game is to get the ball or puck into the goal. And in most of those sports, there is someone there to guard the goal and try to prevent that from happening: the goalie. Soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, and lacrosse are some of the sports that have goalies. In these sports, players are typically not allowed to touch the ball or puck with their hands, with the exception of the goalie (under certain circumstances). Goalies usually stay right in front of the goal in order to block shots by the opposing team. They’re often known for their quickness and agility. Because they have to stand in the way of hard projectiles, goalies in ice hockey, field hockey, and lacrosse usually wear a mask and other padded equipment.

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How is goalie used in real life?

Goalkeepers are very commonly called goalies. But the term is almost never used as an official name of a position.



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British Dictionary definitions for goalie

/ (ˈɡəʊlɪ) /

informal short for goalkeeper
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