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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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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Half-Circle Door Mat - Novogratz by Momeni—$19.19 (Save $12.80): Reviewers love the playful design of this rainbow doormat. Meghan Kavanaugh, USA TODAY, "Target is having an insane sale to compete with Amazon Prime Day," 15 July 2019 The linebacker made the Pro Bowl two seasons ago and has seen the Browns go from doormat to trendy AFC pick in his three seasons. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These former Wisconsin Badgers are all on NFL rosters as the season nears its kickoff," 3 Sep. 2019 Pottery Barn even threw in wall art memorializing the show’s theme song and a doormat with the series’ logo. Washington Post, "Could we BE any more excited? ‘Friends’ fans nuts for merch," 20 Aug. 2019 The Bears are no longer the doormat of the conference. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Pac-12 football power rankings: Utah strengthens spot at the top," 9 Sep. 2019 Try updating doormats and add a wreath for every season, Lowe’s Harmon said. Andria Cheng, USA TODAY, "Want to boost your home's curb appeal before putting it up for sale? Follow these rules," 12 Aug. 2019 Recently, Wayfair and Kess In House stopped selling bathmats, doormats, dog beds, leggings and rugs with images of Ganesh. Deepa Bharath, The Mercury News, "Water sportswear with Hindu god’s image from California company sparks outrage," 10 Aug. 2019 First-year Mustangs coach Jimmy Nolan, who has made a career out of injecting belief and success into downtrodden programs, clearly had the visitors ready to shake their doormat tag with an impressive first-half performance. Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa football ends 16-game losing streak with win over Santiago," 30 Aug. 2019 In the corridors of the Independence apartments, Ronan ingeniously repeated the bright colors of the balconies, giving each apartment the equivalent of a doormat and helping bring these typically dreary spaces to life. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Chicago shows how public housing and libraries can coexist and be visually stunning. Now we need more of them.," 22 Aug. 2019

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

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