mallet (n.) Look up mallet at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French maillet "mallet, small wooden hammer, door-knocker," diminutive of mail, from Latin malleus "a hammer, mallet," from Proto-Italic *molalo-, *molklo- "hammer," from PIE *molkh-tlo- "crushing instrument," source also of Russian molot, Czech mlat "hammer," perhaps from root *mel- (1) "soft," with derivatives referring to softened material and tools for grinding (see mild).