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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Placing area rugs in high-traffic areas and doormats outside every entrance to minimize debris that can dull, damage or scratch your flooring. Stepfanie Romine, azcentral, "Your step-by-step guide to choosing new flooring for any room in your home," 7 June 2019 The Eagles and the Steelers were perennial doormats. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘The League’ Review: Single Wing and a Prayer," 6 Nov. 2018 The Patriots, doormats in their early decades, have risen to become football’s never-ending nightmare, its destroyer of dreams, its eradicator of souls—and that’s putting it gently. Jason Gay, WSJ, "A Super Bowl to Drive America Crazy," 21 Jan. 2019 Haven stocks everything from doormats to coffeemakers, but the items that sell best are ceramics and pots from locals like Helen Levi. Carl Swanson, The Cut, "The Store (It Would Seem) Is Not Dead (at Least for Now)," 16 May 2018 Time The player whose $126 million contract might have signaled the beginning of the Washington Nationals' transition from doormat to dominant has found a home with another organization. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Veteran outfielder Jayson Werth lands with the Mariners," 27 Mar. 2018 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

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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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