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doormat

[dawr-mat, dohr-]
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noun
  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.
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Origin of doormat

First recorded in 1655–65; door + mat1
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Related Words for doormat

doormat, groupie, lackey, drudge, domestic, valet, butler, retainer, toady, subordinate, attendant, steward, underling, factotum, flunkey, slave, stooge, dependent, parasite, follower

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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

doormat

noun
  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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Word Origin and History for doormat

n.

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

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