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  • adj. Sulky or whining.
  • adj. Non-co-operative, bad tempered or terse in communication.


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Probably from marred +‎ -y.


  • Apart from being premenstrual, the mardy is mostly due to the fact that I feel like I have failed to achieve very much in my life.

    March 28th, 2008

  • I'd already told her about "mardy", which she really liked and started to employ at every opportunity.

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  • He then threw a mardy - as we say around here - and went off in a sulk claiming he had better things to do than post on the BBC blog.

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  • Paul came home this evening and said "You're horny ... and mardy ... you must be due on," which of course is absolutely right.

    March 28th, 2008

  • Arctic Monkeys are a quintessentially British band, with songs infused with British slang, such as references to a "mardy bum" (a whiner) and the "icky man" (an ice-cream vendor).

    Monkey Business

  • Following the complaint made against real Madrid for tapping-up the cheating acquitted date-rapist Ronaldo, one-man strop factory Ferguson has decided to sue Gordon Strachan for “Being Scottish, a football manager and a mardy bugger.”

    News Round Up

  • During Celebrity Big Brother Jo has changed from a mardy old sourballs to a mardy old sourballs with a nifty side-career as a sneering racist sidekick.

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  • I radiate positivity! but already Leo Sayer is fed up with not being the most famous person in the house, and he's turned into a right mardy wanker.

    Big Brother Celebrity Hijack: Latoya Out, Almost Everyone Else Up

  • World weary songs of boozy nights out in Sheffield, shared taxis home to Shire Green via Hillsborough, dreams of San Francisco, mardy girlfriends and the occasional run in with the police, sung in a distinctive Sheffield accent and backed with a stripped down pub rock style combo.


  • And – worse – they also indirectly made us stay up most of the night watching Celebrity Big Brother, which put us in a right mardy mood yesterday.

    Big Brother Celebrity Hijack Betting Odds: Latoya Out Tonight?


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  • mardy-arse n. derogatory a spoilt, pampered, or cowardly person.

    1977 Jrnl. Lancs. Dial. Soc. Dec. 16/1 Mardy-arse, spoilt child.

    1990 Sunday Correspondent 8 Apr. 18/4 Some probably feared being labelled ‘mardy arses’—Mancunian for softies.

    April 19, 2015

  • *suddenly understands c_b's comment*

    December 16, 2008

  • I have it on good authority that yarb is a mardy-arsed cow.

    December 16, 2008

  • Of course ;)

    Although 6 wordies list obstreporous.

    December 16, 2008

  • Obstreperous, surely?

    December 16, 2008

  • Yes, adding "-arse(d)" to an adjective (usually ending in 'y' and with negative connotations) is a common construction which seems to be nothing but a linguistic tic; at least I don't think it alters the intensity of the adjective.

    Adjectives commonly modified thus: lazy, scruffy, hairy.

    December 16, 2008

  • also appears in the construction mardy-arse(d) (not to be confused with mardi gras)

    December 16, 2008

  • adj. disgruntled, foul-tempered, stroppy, recalcitrant, obstreporous, cantankerous.

    More commonly applied to females than males in my experience, particularly modifying cow.

    e.g. "My boss has been a right mardy cow this week, I don't know what her problem is."

    December 16, 2008