mardy

[ mahr-dee ]

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

1
First recorded in 1870–75; from British dialect mard “spoiled; spoiled child” (alteration of marred, past tense of mar) + -y1

Words Nearby mardy

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How to use mardy in a sentence

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

    The Little Grey House | Marion Ames Taggart
  • mardy, you know it must have cost at least three dollars—both of it.

    The Little Grey House | Marion Ames Taggart
  • Mayn't I ask the boys and Frances down to-night to rejoice with us, mardy?

    The Little Grey House | Marion Ames Taggart
  • "You needn't complain if mardy doesn't," said Prue, sharply.

    The Little Grey House | Marion Ames Taggart
  • "This has done something wonderful for me, mardy," she said, slowly.

    The Little Grey House | Marion Ames Taggart

British Dictionary definitions for mardy

mardy

/ (ˈmɑːdɪ) /


adjectivedialect
  1. (of a child) spoilt

  2. irritable

Origin of mardy

1
from marred, past participle of mar

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