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Probably from marred +‎ -y.



mardy (comparative mardier, superlative mardiest)

  1. (chiefly North of England and Midlands) Sulky or whining.
    He's a mardy child.
  2. (chiefly East Midlands) Non-co-operative, bad-tempered or terse in communication.

Usage notes[edit]

Used throughout the North of England and Midlands.

Frequently combined with other words forming common phrases such as "mardy bum", "mardy cow" and "mardy bugger" [1]. Sometimes shortened to "mard" particular when used in certain phrases such as "mard arse" or "mard on" (as in "he's got a mard on" to mean he's in a bad mood).


  • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 2
    “I wouldn’t be such a mardy baby,” said his wife shortly.
  • 1984 Food, Health, and Identity, Patricia Caplan [2] [1997 edition]
    When our Jonathan’s poorly...he’s mardy, very mardy....


mardy (plural mardies)

  1. (chiefly North of England and Midlands) A sulky, whiny mood; a fit of petulance.
    • 2001, Creating a Safe Place, NCH Children and Families Project [3] [2003 edition]
      Sometimes my mum’s in a mardy and she says she doesn’t care about us — but she does really.