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Probably from marred +‎ -y.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɑːdi/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)di
  • (file)


mardy (comparative mardier, superlative mardiest)

  1. (chiefly Lancashire, Yorkshire and Midlands) Sulky or whining.
    He's a mardy child.
  2. (chiefly East Midlands) Non-co-operative, bad-tempered or terse in communication.
  3. (Yorkshire) Grumpy; annoying.

Usage notes[edit]

Used throughout the English Midlands and in some parts of Yorkshire.

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). Used throughout the East Midlands and some parts of Yorkshire, particularly in Hull and Sheffield. Maungy has the same meaning in most other parts of Yorkshire and east Lancashire, i.e. "he has a maunge on".


Derived terms[edit]


mardy (plural mardies)

  1. (chiefly Yorkshire 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.