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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 ?
Athos threw a piece of money to the goalkeeper to withdraw.
I would be happy to include him in the team if anything happened to either of our keepers, knowing he is a very experienced and capable goalkeeper.
Bob, who played for Birmingham and Everton, won full England caps in the early Eighties while Peter made his name as a goalkeeper in Scotland with Celtic.
Any time a player takes a shot, one player will be running at one post, another player will be running at the other post, and another will be running at the goalkeeper.
You have to appreciate with a goalkeeper there are going to be ups and downs especially in this league because it is so fast and rough.
The 40-year-old former Middlesbrough goalkeeper has been in sparkling form this year, but Jol concedes he needs to look at another goalkeeper as David Stockdale and Neil Etheridge are not content to remain as back-up next term.
Dave Timmins, our goalkeeper coach, has worked very hard with him.
I used to play outfield and I got a little bit frustrated with the goalkeeper one day and said I would go in.
Above all, that's important in England, to have this kind of goalkeeper.
It is very important for a third goalkeeper to do a good job when you need him, and we have needed him this year," said Chelsea boss Grant.
Our menality is we don't want to allow a ball to even get close to our goalkeeper, and if we do, we're going to use every bodypart to make sure we get it out of there.
It is a risky business being a goalkeeper but don't forget goalkeepers often injure outfield players and don't get punished for it when they jump with their studs showing.