[dawr-mat, dohr-]


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

First recorded in 1655–65; door + mat1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doormat

Contemporary Examples of doormat

Historical Examples of doormat

  • Mr. Darco darted and shook her as if she had been a doormat.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • "If you're looking for a doormat to wipe your feet on, I'll send for Tony," he jeered.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • Any man that wears clothes like a doormat will let you make a doormat of him!

    Skinner's Dress Suit

    Henry Irving Dodge

  • If you want to know, she's got a right to make a doormat of me.

    A Texas Ranger

    William MacLeod Raine

  • A sweet child with ted pigtails was playing with shells on the doormat.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for doormat

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper