[ 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

goal·keep·ing, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for goalkeeper


/ (ˈɡəʊlˌkiːpə) /


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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