goal·​ie | \ ˈgō-lē How to pronounce goalie (audio) \
plural goalies

Definition of goalie

: a player who defends the goal in any of various games (such as hockey, lacrosse, or soccer) : goalkeeper If the ball carrier continues to cut across in front of the net, the goalie must move with the shooter in order to cover the angle.— Jim Hinkson As she has so many times during the last four years, Barlow broke away from all of the defenders and beat the goalie with her swift foot and a one-on-one move towards the net.— Brian Moore

Examples of goalie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oh that Bruce Cassidy, opting to go with a goalie who ranks No. 17 all time in the NHL for playoff-game appearances. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2021 But there was no shame in losing to a better, bigger, more experienced Tampa Bay – the defending champs, getting a goalie’s great win from Andrei Vasilevskiy in the finale. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 26 May 2021 Amanda didn’t like the boredom that is sometimes the life of a goalie. oregonlive, 25 May 2021 The Florida Panthers entrusted their season to a rookie goalie making his playoff debut. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 25 May 2021 In March 2000, 14-year-old Louis J. Acompora, a freshman goalie at Northport High in New York, died from commotio cordis after making a save. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, 26 Apr. 2021 One mistake by a goalie could cost their team a game and maybe the series. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 He was flanked by two brothers, sophomores Aksel (a goalie) and Dan (a defenseman). Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 28 Mar. 2021 Walters blocked the ball like a hockey goalie, and got Leach out at first. Seth Campbell, Arkansas Online, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of goalie

1894, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2021

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“Goalie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goalie. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of goalie

: a player who defends the goal in a game (such as soccer or hockey)


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