door·​mat | \ ˈdȯr-ˌmat How to pronounce doormat (audio) \

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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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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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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11 Oct 2021

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“Doormat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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