mal-


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).
Compare male-.

Origin of mal-

Middle English < Old French, representing mal adv. (< Latin male badly, ill) and adj. (< Latin malus bad)
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British Dictionary definitions for mal-

mal-


combining form

bad or badly; wrong or wrongly; imperfect or defectivemaladjusted; malfunction

Word Origin for mal-

Old French, from Latin malus bad, male badly
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Medicine definitions for mal-

mal-


pref.

Bad; badly:malpractice.
Abnormal; abnormally:malformation.
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