from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Bad; badly: maladminister.
- Abnormal; abnormally: malformation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- bad, badly as in maladjusted, malcontent - faulty, faultily as in malfunction
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
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)
From Old French mal- from the Latin adverb male, from malus. (Wiktionary)