door·​mat | \-ˌmat \

Definition of doormat 

1 : a mat placed before or inside a door for wiping dirt from the shoes

2 : one that submits without protest to abuse or indignities

3 : a team that regularly finishes last

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Synonyms & Antonyms for doormat


jellyfish, namby-pamby, pushover, reed, weakling, wimp



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Examples of doormat in a Sentence

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

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Good to Know Make sweeping or dry mopping as much of a habit as loading the dishwasher, and keep doormats at every door to reduce dirt from foot traffic. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "How to Keep a Clean Kitchen," 28 Sep. 2011 Scoreboards, decals, doormats and gymnasium floor finishings must be replaced. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Lee High School’s mountain of memories to be auctioned," 11 July 2018 Those Seahawks, with fixtures such as future Hall of Famers Steve Largent and Kenny Easley, went from a doormat to a predictably tough opponent that embraced the blue-collar ethos of their coach. Sam Farmer,, "Former Rams, Seahawks coach Chuck Knox dies at 86," 13 May 2018 The next morning that energy tumbles onto the doormats of suburban England. The Economist, "Paul Dacre, the Daily Mail’s “conductor”, passes the baton," 14 June 2018 Vanessa O’Shea said a delivery man stayed true to the instructions written on a doormat and hid her package from her husband. Fox News, "Amazon delivery man captured following doormat's instruction to 'hide packages from husband'," 6 June 2018 In a showdown of doormats, the Marlins on Monday took care of the last-place Padres in a 7-2 victory at Petco Park. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins jump on Padres early, coast to 7-2 victory," 28 May 2018 Sweep the front door area and replace the old doormat. Melissa Rolland,, "Get Your Home Market Ready," 1 May 2018 The Browns In a kind of twisted joke, Costner plays the general manager of the Browns, who have been N.F.L. doormats again and again. New York Times, "The Browns Have a Great N.F.L. Draft (It’s a Movie)," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of doormat

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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English Language Learners Definition of doormat

: a mat that you put on the floor or ground on one side of a door so that people can wipe the bottoms of their shoes on it

: someone who is treated badly by other people and does not complain

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