[ mal-ee-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈmæl i ə bəl /


capable of being extended or shaped by hammering or by pressure from rollers.
adaptable or tractable: the malleable mind of a child.

Origin of malleable

1350–1400; Middle English malliable < Medieval Latin malleābilis, equivalent to malle(āre) to hammer (derivative of Latin malleus hammer) + -ābilis -able


mal·le·a·bly, adverbmal·le·a·bil·i·ty, mal·le·a·ble·ness, nounnon·mal·le·a·ble, adjectiveun·mal·le·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for malleable

/ (ˈmælɪəbəl) /


(esp of metal) able to be worked, hammered, or shaped under pressure or blows without breaking
able to be influenced; pliable or tractable

Derived forms of malleable

malleability or rare malleableness, nounmalleably, adverb

Word Origin for malleable

C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin malleābilis, from Latin malleus hammer
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Medical definitions for malleable

[ mălē-ə-bəl ]


Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure.
Easily controlled or influenced; tractable.
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Scientific definitions for malleable

[ mălē-ə-bəl ]

Capable of great deformation without breaking, when subject to compressive stress. Gold is the most malleable metal. Compare ductile.
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