mallet

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English[edit]

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A rubber mallet

Etymology[edit]

From Old French mallet, maillet (a wooden hammer, mallet), diminutive of mal, mail (a hammer), from Latin malleus (a hammer, mall, mallet).

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Noun[edit]

mallet (plural mallets)

  1. A type of hammer with a larger than usual head made of wood, rubber or similar non-iron material, used by woodworkers for driving a tool, such as a chisel. A kind of maul.
  2. A weapon resembling the tool, but typically much larger.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 51:
      The Mallet of arms, according to the representation of it given by Father Daniel, exactly resembles the wooden instrument of that name, now in use, except in the length of the handle, it was like the hammer of arms, to be used with both hands, indeed it differed very little from that weapon in its form.
  3. A light beetle with a long handle used in playing croquet.
  4. The stick used to strike the ball in the sport of polo.

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Verb[edit]

mallet (third-person singular simple present mallets, present participle malleting, simple past and past participle malleted)

  1. To strike with a mallet.

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

māllet

  1. third-person singular imperfect active subjunctive of mālō