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 Swayman, 22, could begin the season as the Bruins’ No. 1 goalie, with the unsigned Tuukka Rask recovering from hip surgery until at least January. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 Heaven gained a darn good goalie and better person… Just, way too soon. RIP Kivi! CBS News, 5 July 2021 The backbreaker came early in the second, when Montreal's Artturi Lehkonen turned over the puck at the Lightning blue line during a Canadiens line change, and the Lightning struck the other way with Nikita Kucherov capping a 2-on-the-goalie break. John Wawrow, ajc, 4 July 2021 Another goalie, Devan Dubnyk, is on the COVID-19 protocol list. Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 Boyko was day-to-day with an upper-body injury, and wasn’t even in the lineup Wednesday as the Ams went with one official goalie. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 1 May 2021 In addition to water polo, Johnson swims for Bishop’s, is the goalie on the field hockey team and plays third base for the softball team. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 July 2021 First came a pivotal save from senior goalie Jack Emmett. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, 18 June 2021 Trojans senior goalie Andrew Albert collected 16 saves for the Trojans. Sara Tidwell, courant.com, 12 June 2021

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First Known Use of goalie

1894, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jul 2021

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“Goalie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goalie. Accessed 26 Jul. 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)


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

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