a combining form meaning “bad,” “wrongful,” “ill,” occurring originally in loanwords from French (malapert); on this model, used in the formation of other words (malfunction; malcontent).
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What does "scattergood" mean?
a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
a person who spends possessions or money extravagantly or wastefully; spendthrift.
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Origin of mal-
Middle English <Old French, representing mal adv. (<Latin male badly, ill) and adj. (<Latin malus bad)
Definition for mal- (2 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for mal- (1 of 3)
Malaysia (international car registration)
British Dictionary definitions for mal- (2 of 3)
bad or badly; wrong or wrongly; imperfect or defectivemaladjusted; malfunction
Word Origin for mal-
Old French, from Latin malus bad, male badly
British Dictionary definitions for mal- (3 of 3)
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Medical definitions for mal- (1 of 2)
[ măl, mäl ]
A disease or disorder.
Medical definitions for mal- (2 of 2)
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