[ goh-lee ]



/ ˈɡəʊlɪ /


  1. informal.
    short for goalkeeper
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of goalie1

First recorded in 1920–25; goal + -ie
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Example Sentences

A higher quality of shot doesn’t do any favors for the netminders but the goalies aren’t helping themselves, either.

The Capitals’ former goalie coach, Mitch Korn, now with the New York Islanders, sent him a quick note, too.

Captain Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov remain on the NHL’s covid-19 protocol list along with defenseman Dmitry Orlov and top goalie Ilya Samsonov.

You get the feeling that in a decade, he could bring a walker out to the left faceoff circle and still fire off one-timers that beat the best goalies in the world.

That means the goalie made about 90 saves for every 100 shots he faced.

Tim Krul, the substitute goalie, seemed a good foot taller than Jasper Cillessen, the man he replaced, and much the more daunting.

Neurologist Oliver Sacks says the syndrome helps give the Team USA goalie ‘abnormal quickness.’

With the Thorns already behind 0–1, backup goalie Michelle Betos came in on a PK, and the score went to 0–2.

And in a flash, Varela had headed the ball past Tim Howard, the American goalie, draining the latter, in an instant, of all color.

At eight o'clock the team filed out to warm up, Sawchuck leading, wide-legged in his goalie pads, and Howe last.

The goalie was a tall red headed guy from our room and he slept in the bunk above me.

There should be a general understanding between the two backs, and also between them and the goalie.

They must have confidence in their goalie, and should give him plenty of room in which to operate.


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More About Goalie

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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Our team needs a goalie—can you play?