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mardy

[mahr-dee] /ˈmɑr di/ British Dialect
adjective, mardier, mardiest.
1.
grumpy or moody; sulky:
She's behaving like a typical mardy teenager, refusing to tell us what's wrong.
noun
2.
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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  • And you know what mardy let slip one day about the parental Brown and his remarkably good cobbling!

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

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

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

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  • "Don't worry, mardy; I am sure we can manage," said Wythie, lovingly.

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

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  • I really think, mardy, if we could emigrate, we ought to; it's enough to turn a saint into a tiger to have such visits so often.

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

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  • "This has done something wonderful for me, mardy," she said, slowly.

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  • "Try to bear up under the infliction, mardy," said incorrigible Rob.

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British Dictionary definitions for mardy

mardy

/ˈmɑːdɪ/
adjective (dialect)
1.
(of a child) spoilt
2.
irritable
Word Origin
from marred, past participle of mar
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