Word of the Day – Malleable

Word of the Day : March 31, 2022


adjective MAL-ee-uh-bul

What It Means

Malleable means “capable of being shaped, altered, or controlled by outside forces or influences.”

// Let the cookie dough thaw so it is malleable.

// Students’ minds are malleable and they need positive influences and guidance.

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MALLEABLE in Context

“She begins by sculpting with malleable French clays to create her figures, then she makes a mold.” — Fina Badolato, The Rochester (New York) Democrat and Chronicle, 13 Feb. 2022

Did You Know?

Malleable comes from the Latin verb malleare, meaning “to hammer.” Malleare itself comes from the Latin word for “hammer,” malleus. If you have guessed that maul and mallet, other English words for specific types of hammers, are related to malleus, you have hit the nail on the head.