American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Bad; badly: maladminister.
- Abnormal; abnormally: malformation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A prefix in composition denoting ill, or evil, F. male, adv., fr. malus, bad, ill. In some words it has the form
male-, as in malediction, malevolent. See malice.
- From Old French mal- from the Latin adverb male, from malus. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, from male, badly, and malus, bad; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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