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mardy

[mahr-dee]British Dialect
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adjective, mar·di·er, mar·di·est.
  1. grumpy or moody; sulky: She's behaving like a typical mardy teenager, refusing to tell us what's wrong.
noun
  1. a grumpy mood; a sulk: He's a good old chap, but he sometimes comes home in a mardy after stopping at the pub.

Origin of mardy

< British dialect mard ‘spoiled; spoiled child’ (alteration of marred, past tense of mar) + -y1
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Examples from the Web for mardy

Historical Examples

  • Oh, that's Mardy all over—always thinking of something for us!

    The Little Grey House</p>

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • Mardy, you know it must have cost at least three dollars—both of it.

    The Little Grey House</p>

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • Mayn't I ask the boys and Frances down to-night to rejoice with us, Mardy?

    The Little Grey House</p>

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • "You needn't complain if Mardy doesn't," said Prue, sharply.

    The Little Grey House</p>

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • And Mardy could dye this material, and it would be warm and pretty.

    The Little Grey House</p>

    Marion Ames Taggart


British Dictionary definitions for mardy

mardy

adjective dialect
  1. (of a child) spoilt
  2. irritable

Word Origin

from marred, past participle of mar
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