Malleable Definition

That can be hammered, pounded, or pressed into various shapes without breaking.
Webster's New World
Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure.
A malleable metal.
American Heritage
Easily controlled or influenced.
American Heritage
Able to adjust to changing circumstances; adaptable.
A malleable leader unafraid to compromise.
American Heritage
Capable of being changed, molded, trained, etc.; adaptable.
Webster's New World

Origin of Malleable

  • From Middle English malliable, borrowed from Late Latin malleābilis, derived from malleāre (“to hammer"), from malleus (“hammer"), from Proto-Indo-European *mal-ni- (“crushing"), an extended variant of Proto-Indo-European *melHâ‚‚- (“crush, grind").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin malleābilis from malleāre to hammer from Latin malleus hammer melə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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