door·​mat ˈdȯr-ˌmat How to pronounce doormat (audio)
: a mat placed before or inside a door for wiping dirt from the shoes
: one that submits without protest to abuse or indignities
: a team that regularly finishes last

Example Sentences

She was tired of being a doormat and decided it was time to stand up for herself. a doormat who always gave in to his father's demands
Recent Examples on the Web Oklahoma could stand to add more offensive weapons, but the defense should be less of a doormat to opposing offenses this fall. Dallas News, 25 Jan. 2023 With five wins in six games, the Lions (6-7) have shed their doormat status. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Dec. 2022 Place a doormat or an area rug in front of the entryway to your home, since this will minimize the amount of dirt and debris tracked in. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, 16 Dec. 2022 Wilkinson joined her husband for several spots, which saw the couple brushing their teeth in the stadium bathrooms, lounging in bed in the locker room and choosing a comically small doormat for their oversized home. Karli Bendlin, Peoplemag, 9 Dec. 2022 If your pollinator is an insect or hummingbird that hovers over you rather than landing, there may be no advantage to keeping a sticky doormat. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 29 May 2012 Now all attention turns to Saturday afternoon and the showdown at 11-2 UNLV, which was upset in overtime at perennial doormat San Jose State in a precursor to what might be the most balanced conference race in the Mountain West’s 24-year history. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Dec. 2022 Let your local postal worker decide with this playful doormat. Cai Cramer,, 2 Dec. 2022 Welcome visitors with this festive doormat and don't let Christmas stink, stank, stunk. Emily Rochotte, Good Housekeeping, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of doormat was in 1665

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“Doormat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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door·​mat -ˌmat How to pronounce doormat (audio)
: a mat placed before or inside a door for wiping dirt from the shoes

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