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Ancient GreekEdit

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From Proto-Indo-European *mel- (strong, better). Cognates include Latin melius, multus and Latvian milns.




μᾰ́λᾰ (mála)

  1. very, very much, exceedingly
    1. (simply strengthening the word with which it stands)
      1. (with adjectives)
      2. (with adverbs)
      3. (with verbs)
    2. (strengthening an assertion)
    3. (in Homer, often after εἰ)
    4. (in Attic, often in answers) yes, certainly, exactly so



  • μάλα in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • μάλα in Liddell & Scott (1889) An Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • μάλα in Autenrieth, Georg (1891) A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges, New York: Harper and Brothers
  • μάλα in Bailly, Anatole (1935) Le Grand Bailly: Dictionnaire grec-français, Paris: Hachette
  • μάλα in Cunliffe, Richard J. (1924) A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect: Expanded Edition, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, published 1963
  • μάλα in Slater, William J. (1969) Lexicon to Pindar, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter
  • Woodhouse, S. C. (1910) English–Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language[1], London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited.
  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill