Origin of goalie

First recorded in 1920–25; goal + -ie
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Examples from the Web for goalie

Contemporary Examples of goalie

Historical Examples of goalie

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

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

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

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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