doormat 1660s, from DOOR (Cf. door) + MAT (Cf. mat). Figurative use from 1861.

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  • doormat — n. 1. a mat placed outside and exterior door for wiping the shoes before entering. [WordNet sense 2] Syn: welcome mat. [WordNet 1.5] 2. (figurative) A person who is habitually abused, taken advantage of or humiliated; sometimes, one who is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • doormat — A person who doesn t stand up for themselves and gets treated badly is a doormat …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Doormat — may refer to: A No Doubt song Mat This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article …   Wikipedia

  • doormat — ► NOUN 1) a mat placed in a doorway for wiping the shoes. 2) informal a submissive person …   English terms dictionary

  • doormat — [dôr′mat΄] n. 1. a mat for people to wipe their shoes on before entering a house, room, etc. 2. a person easily mistreated, imposed on, exploited, etc …   English World dictionary

  • doormat — [[t]dɔ͟ː(r)mæt[/t]] doormats 1) N COUNT A doormat is a mat by a door which people can wipe their shoes on when they enter a house or building. 2) N COUNT (disapproval) If you say that someone is a doormat, you are criticizing them because they… …   English dictionary

  • doormat — noun /ˈdɔː(ɹ)ˌmæt/ a) A coarse mat at the entrance to a house, upon which one wipes ones shoes. Wipe your shoes on the doormat before you start plodding around in the house. b) Someone who is overly submissive to others wishes. Hes such a doormat …   Wiktionary

  • doormat — UK [ˈdɔː(r)ˌmæt] / US [ˈdɔrˌmæt] noun [countable] Word forms doormat : singular doormat plural doormats 1) a piece of material that you clean the soles (= bottoms) of your shoes on before you go into a building 2) informal someone who allows… …   English dictionary

  • doormat — n. a weak willed person who is abused by others. □ I always feel like a doormat. □ Why do people treat me like a doormat? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • doormat — door|mat [ˈdo:mæt US ˈdo:r ] n 1.) a piece of material inside or outside a door for you to clean your shoes on 2.) informal someone who lets other people treat them badly and never complains ▪ Don t let him treat you like a doormat …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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