Definition of mallet in English:


Line breaks: mal¦let
Pronunciation: /ˈmalɪt


  • 1A hammer with a large, usually wooden head.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1A long-handled wooden stick with a head like a hammer, used for hitting a croquet or polo ball.
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    • 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.
  • 1.2A wooden stick with a padded head, used for hitting percussion instruments.
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    • 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.


late Middle English: from Old French maillet, from mail 'hammer', from Latin malleus.

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