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

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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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 15 Jul. 2024.

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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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