[ dawr-mat, dohr- ]
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  1. a mat, usually placed before a door or other entrance, for people arriving to wipe their shoes on before entering.

  2. a person who is the habitual object of abuse or humiliation by another.

Origin of doormat

First recorded in 1655–65; door + mat1

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How to use doormat in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for doormat


/ (ˈdɔːˌmæt) /

  1. a mat, placed at the entrance to a building, for wiping dirt from shoes

  2. informal a person who offers little resistance to ill-treatment by others

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