Definition of mallet in English:



  • 1A hammer with a large, usually wooden head.

    • ‘Start your screw hole with an awl by tapping gently with a hammer or a soft-face mallet.’
    • ‘Carpenters had mallets, hammers, drills, chisels, scrapers, planes, and copper saws at their disposal.’
    • ‘The axe can then be hammered in further with a wooden mallet.’
    • ‘Into this hole, tap in the spile with a wooden mallet.’
    • ‘Use a mallet or hammer to tap knife gently through flesh.’
    • ‘The judge beat his wooden mallet on the podium, demanding order.’
    • ‘Most of the temporary equipment fits together easily with just a rubber mallet, screwdriver, pocketknife and a pair of pliers.’
    • ‘For the finest of detail, he applies the trusty mallet and chisel.’
    • ‘It finally gave up it's resistance with the help of a few smacks with a mallet and chisel…’
    • ‘Children were invited to have a go at making shapes using the tools of the wood carving trade - a mallet and chisel.’
    • ‘This handy wooden mallet was made from some left-over scraps of oak that I had salvaged from a pallet.’
    • ‘A rubber mallet is used to drive the blade halves into the green.’
    • ‘If bricks run slightly ahead of the pattern, use a rubber mallet to nudge them into place.’
    • ‘A wooden mallet was used to drive in the scallops without damaging the points.’
    • ‘On small farms this was done with a flail or wooden mallet and block.’
    • ‘Flatten a chicken breast to 1/4-inch thickness with a meat mallet.’
    • ‘Cut off the wings, breast and legs and break up the carcass with a meat mallet.’
    • ‘The sentries banged the door five times with a giant mallet.’
    • ‘At the end of the ride, you will be hit on the head with a giant mallet.’
    • ‘A smooth hide or even hard rubber/plastic mallet will mar it the least.’
    mallet, beetle, gavel
    1. 1.1A long-handled wooden stick with a head like a hammer, used for hitting a croquet or polo ball.
      • ‘For the piece titled Passageways, Toivanen set a croquet ball and mallet against the gallery wall, ready for play.’
      • ‘He does like a polo mallet, he hits it and it goes flying over the table, and I'm saying, ‘Good shot.’’
      • ‘I date men who knock me off my bike in bike polo by throwing a mallet at my spokes and watching me fall just like the boys.’
      • ‘Players wear jerseys - actually, colored T-shirts - and use mallets to knock a ball into a goal.’
      • ‘The back of the bat should never be touched with the mallet.’
      • ‘He's one of the greatest sportsmen that ever picked up a mallet or a cricket bat.’
      • ‘Alfred picks up the discarded croquet mallets and follows them.’
      • ‘My brother and I took a radio out onto the lawn and there smashed it into a thousand pieces with croquet mallets.’
      • ‘But one day we had to go up to the attic for something and we found these hoops, mallets, timber balls and a peg.’
      • ‘There is no evidence of this being true at all - the only things that the games have in common are mallets and balls.’
      • ‘The twelve-year-old called after them, as Craig waved at them with the croquet mallet.’
      • ‘Do they beat it with a large polo mallet?’
      • ‘If you can pedal and swing a mallet, you can play bike polo.’
      • ‘One of the first lessons anyone gets is how to take hold of and swing a mallet.’
      • ‘Sorry to disappoint you, but I never got to see Fergie's polo mallets.’
      • ‘Some spectators wear Harris tweed and others carry polo mallets as accessories.’
      • ‘A polo mallet that is too heavy can eventually lead to muscle fatigue, wrist strain or even an injury.’
      • ‘Lightweight recreational mallets are not up to the task of this gruelling version of the game.’
      • ‘All mallets shown below have similar options for the head styles, the differences are in the shaft types.’
      • ‘We have lengths from 31-36 ’, and can order longer or shorter mallets as needed.’
    2. 1.2A wooden stick with a padded head, used for hitting percussion instruments.
      • ‘A wide variety of drumsticks, including hard sticks, soft mallets, and brushes, is used.’
      • ‘Yamaha's high quality keyboard mallets offer a range of features for students and professionals.’
      • ‘The current line of mallets is wound using either wool-based and nylon based yarns or two types of wool yarn.’
      • ‘The metal bars on the xylophones are red, yellow, green and blue, and the mallets are red.’
      • ‘Includes definition, construction, mallets, cost, and links to other percussion resources.’
      • ‘My kids pounded these mallets to bits in about six months.’


Late Middle English from Old French maillet, from mail ‘hammer’, from Latin malleus.