doormat

[ dawr-mat, dohr- ]
/ ˈdɔrˌmæt, ˈdoʊr- /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. doorjamb,
  2. doorkeeper,
  3. doorknob,
  4. doorknock,
  5. doorman,
  6. doorn,
  7. doornail,
  8. doornik,
  9. doorpiece,
  10. doorplate

Origin of doormat

First recorded in 1655–65; door + mat1

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British Dictionary definitions for doormat

doormat

/ (ˈdɔːˌmæt) /

noun

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

doormat

n.

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

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