from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short-handled hammer, usually with a cylindrical head of wood, used chiefly to drive a chisel or wedge.
- n. A tool with a large head, used to strike a surface without damaging it.
- n. Sports A long-handled implement used to strike a ball, as in croquet and polo.
- n. Music A light hammer with a rounded head for striking a percussion instrument.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small maul with a short handle, used especially for driving a tool, as a chisel or the like.
- n. A weapon resembling the tool, but typically much larger.
- n. A light beetle with a long handle used in playing croquet.
- n. The stick used to strike the ball in the sport of polo.
- v. To strike with a mallet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small maul with a short handle, -- used esp. for driving a tool, as a chisel or the like; also, a light beetle with a long handle, -- used in playing croquet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small beetle or wooden hammer used by carpenters, stonecutters, printers, etc., chiefly for driving another tool, as a chisel, or the like. It is wielded with one hand, while the heavier mall requires the use of both hands.
- n. The wooden hammer used to strike the balls in the game of croquet.
- n. A dental hammer or plugger. See hammer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike such percussion instruments as chimes, kettledrums, marimbas, glockenspiels, etc.
- n. a sports implement with a long handle and a head like a hammer; used in sports (polo or croquet) to hit a ball
- n. a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing
Middle English, from Old French maillet, diminutive of mail, maul; see maul.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French mallet, maillet ("a wooden hammer, mallet"), diminutive of mal, mail ("a hammer"), from Latin malleus ("a hammer, mall, mallet"). (Wiktionary)