Definition of mal- in English:

mal-

  • 1In an unpleasant degree.

    • ‘malodorous’
  • 2In a faulty manner.

    • ‘malfunction’
    1. 2.1In an improper manner.
      • ‘malpractice’
    2. 2.2In an inadequate manner.
      • ‘malnourishment’
  • 3Not.

    • ‘maladroit’

Pronunciation

mal-

/mal/

Origin

From French mal, from Latin male ‘badly’.