(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 formsgoal·keep·ing, noun
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Historical Examples of goalkeeper

  • It is also important to know when to pass back to the goalkeeper, and to do so correctly.

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

  • The opponents' goalkeeper shall not advance beyond his goal line.

  • 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.

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

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 Formsgoalkeeping, noun
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