mal- etymology

Old French word mal- comes from Proto-Indo-European *moy-, Proto-Indo-European *melH₂-, and later Latin male (Badly. Cruelly, wickedly. Not much; feebly. Wrongly.)

Detailed word origin of mal-

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*moy- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*melH₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*mol(w)ə- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*mal-ni- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
malus Latin (lat) (of fate) evil, unlucky. Bad, evil, wicked, injurious. Destructive, mischievous, hurtful. Ill-looking, ugly, deformed.
*melh₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
male Latin (lat) Badly. Cruelly, wickedly. Not much; feebly. Wrongly.
manualis Latin (lat) Hand (attributive) i.e suitable to be hand-held.
mail Old French (fro)
mal- Old French (fro) Bad; badly.

Words with the same origin as mal-

Descendants of *melH₂-
expugner mail maillet mainel mal mallet manual manuel martel marteler poignal poignel poing repugnant