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[dawr-mat, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌmæt, ˈdoʊr-/
a mat, usually placed before a door or other entrance, for people arriving to wipe their shoes on before entering.
a person who is the habitual object of abuse or humiliation by another.
Origin of doormat
1655-65; door + mat1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doormat
  • Use a doormat to reduce tracking-in of dirt and particles.
  • But mostly, by his telling, he functioned as her doormat.
  • Avoid hiding a house key under the doormat or nearby vicinity.
  • There is a door with a doormat on the floor in the right center of the image, which is opposite two curtained windows.
  • It is not about being a doormat and letting people walk on you.
  • Don't hide extra house keys under a doormat or other obvious spots.
  • Don't hide your keys under the doormat or flowerpot.
  • Never leave a key under a doormat or other common hiding place.
British Dictionary definitions for doormat


a mat, placed at the entrance to a building, for wiping dirt from shoes
(informal) a person who offers little resistance to ill-treatment by others
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Word Origin and History for doormat

1660s, from door + mat. Figurative use from 1861.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for doormat



: Cornell University's doormat status on the gridiron


A person who is regularly and predictably exploited by others; constant victim: the soulful Earth Mother doormat of the kind played by Shirley MacLaine in the fifties/ the wife a rape victim, slave, doormat

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treat someone like a doormat

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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