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mardy

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Pronunciation

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Particularly: "UK"

Adjective

mardy (comparative mardi, superlative er)

Positive
mardy

Comparative
mardi

Superlative
er

  1. (UK) Sulky or whining.
    He's a mardy child.
  2. (UK) Non-co-operative, bad tempered or terse in communication.

Usage notes

Used throughout the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, plus other isolated spots in the North.

In common use in most of Leicestershire, Rutland and the part of Lincolnshire close to these. It is used frequently in the city of Nottingham, Also used throughout Derbyshire, and Derby city particularly. Mardy is also used in the southern part of South Yorkshire and Polesworth (west midlands).

Quotations

  • [1913] 1985, D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers
    “I wouldn’t be such a mardy baby,” said his wife shortly.
  • [1984] 1997, Food, Health, and Identity, Patricia Caplan [1]
    When our Jonathan’s poorly...he’s mardy, very mardy....
  • [2001] 2003, Creating a Safe Place, NCH Children and Families Project [2]
    Sometimes my mum’s in a mardy and she says she doesn’t care about us — but she does really.

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