AskDefine | Define mal

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English

Etymology

From mal.

Noun

  1. In the context of "only in set phrases": Illness, affliction.
    a grand mal seizure
  2. (the longboard type of surfboard).

Derived terms

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Albanian

Etymology

A substratum word, akin to Romanian mal

Noun

  1. mount

Croatian

Adjective

  1. small

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • lang=nl|/mɑl/
  • lang=nl|/mAl/

Noun

  1. A device to help drawing shapes
  2. A device to help shaping objects in plaster or plastics etc.

Adjective

  1. funny, crazy

Usage notes

The adjective mal always refers to an aspect of a thing or person. It is the adjective form of the noun mallerd.

Derived terms

Esperanto

Prefix

  1. In the context of "forming the antonym of the following morpheme": un-; non-; de-
    bona (“good”), malbona (“bad”)
    helpi (“help”), malhelpi (“hinder”)
    feliĉo (“happiness”), malfeliĉo (“sadness”)

French

Etymology

mal, from malus, derived from *|mel-. Near cognates include Spanish malo and Italian male.

Pronunciation

  • lang=fr|/mal/

Noun

  1. trouble, difficulty
    J'ai du mal à m'imaginer celà. (“I have trouble imagining that.”)
  2. pain
    J'ai mal à la tête. (“I have a headache.” Literally, “My head hurts.”)
  3. evil

Adverb

  1. badly
    C'est mal fait. (“It's done badly.”)

Adjective

  1. In the context of "in set phrases and limited constructions": bad
    bon an, mal an
    bon gré, mal gré
    Il est mal de [infinitive]
    C'est mal de [infinitive]

German

Adverb

mal

Icelandic

Noun

  1. purr

Derived terms

Interlingua

Etymology

From malus

Adjective

  1. bad
  2. evil

Adverb

  1. badly, poorly
  2. wrongfully, mis-

Noun

  1. bad, badness, something bad
  2. evil
  3. illness
  4. pain, ache

Italian

Noun

Kurdish

Noun

  1. home, house

Portuguese

Adjective

  1. bad (faulty; not functional)

Romanian

Etymology

Dacian *|mala or *|malwa (attested in 'Dacia Maluensis') (< *|molH-). Has an Albanian cognate, mal.

Noun

  1. shore

Spanish

Etymology

From malus, derived from *|mel-.

Adjective

  1. In the context of "before the noun}}

Extensive Definition

Mal may refer to:
In places:

See also

mal in German: Mal
mal in Extremaduran: Mal
mal in Dutch: Mal
mal in Swedish: Mal
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