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A player assigned to protect the goal in various sports. Also called goalie, goaltender, netkeeper, netminder.


(General Sporting Terms) sport a player in the goal whose duty is to prevent the ball, puck, etc, from entering or crossing it
ˈgoalˌkeeping n


(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.
goal′keep`ing, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.goalkeeper - the soccer or hockey player assigned to protect the goalgoalkeeper - the soccer or hockey player assigned to protect the goal
hockey player, ice-hockey player - an athlete who plays hockey
soccer player - an athlete who plays soccer
2.goalkeeper - the defensive position on an ice hockey or soccer or lacrosse team who stands in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players from scoring
position - (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player; "what position does he play?"
حَارِسُ الـمَرْمَىحامي المَرْمى
thủ môn


[ˈgəʊlˌkiːpəʳ] Nportero/a m/f, guardameta mf, arquero m (LAm)


[ˈgəʊlkiːpər] ngardien m de but


[ˈgəʊlˌkiːpəʳ] nportiere m


(gəul) noun
1. in football, rugby, hockey etc the act of kicking, hitting etc a ball between the goalposts; the point gained by doing this. He scored six goals.
2. an aim or purpose. My goal in life is to write a book.
ˈgoalkeeper noun
(also keeper) a player, eg in hockey or football, whose job is to prevent members of the other team from scoring goals.
ˈgoalpost noun
one of the two upright posts which form the goal in football, rugby, hockey etc.

to score a goal (not gaol).
to put a criminal in gaol (not goal).


حَارِسُ الـمَرْمَى brankář målmand Torwart τερματοφύλακας arquero, guardameta maalivahti gardien de but vratar portiere ゴールキーパー 골키퍼 keeper keeper bramkarz goleiro, guarda-redes вратарь målvakt ผู้รักษาประตู kaleci thủ môn 守门员
References in classic literature ?
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We made a decision to send him back after Christmas, which is perhaps a decision that other clubs might not have done because it left us with two goalkeepers.
15 am today sharing insights gleaned from the training of goalkeepers at the national level that was the subject of his study EoACAyGerman football team/First league clubs'.
You normally find with the natural goalkeepers that they don't mind whether they work at it or not.
You go to the Champions League winners and the World Cup winners and always there is a top goalkeepers.
Goalkeepers and their "eccentric art" hold an enduring attraction.
The second is the admittedly slim cohort who know too much about goalkeepers and goalkeeping - who is the best in the country, who has the best kick-out, who lofts it high, who's strong on his weak side, who's weak on his strong side, who wears the socks up (like, hello, David Clarke, what's that all about?
Those two goalkeepers - Ben and Joe - could go head to head in the future for the England No.
I had a chat with both goalkeepers and both were pushing for the number one spot.
THIS week we test your knowledge of goalkeepers down the years.