malfunction etymology

English word malfunction comes from English function, English mal-

Detailed word origin of malfunction

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
function English (eng) (intransitive) to carry on a function; to be in action. (intransitive) to have a function (anthropology) The role of a social practice in the continued existence of the group.. (biology) The physiological activity of an organ or body part.. (chemistry) The characteristic behavior of a chemical compound.. (computing) A routine that receives zero or more arguments and may return a result.. [...]
mal- English (eng) Bad, badly as in maladjusted, malcontent - faulty, faultily as in malfunction. Not.
malfunction English (eng) Failure to function. Faulty functioning To fail to function. To function improperly.

Words with the same origin as malfunction

Descendants of mal-
malpractice