It is used most widely to describe children when they are having a tantrum or an adult who is sulking when not getting their own way. It describes a person who is feeling sorry for themselves or is crying shallow, crocodile tears.
This fantastic adjective has risen to more widespread fame in recent times thanks to those lovely lads from Sheffield, the Arctic Monkeys who wrote a song called Mardy Bum about a girl who was really mardy. Now all those southern softies have latched onto this fantastic word, it won't be long before we are hearing Peggy Mitchell behind the bar of the Queen Vic calling Billy a 'Mard Arse'.
The word is also used commonly in playground banter. Rhymes such as 'Mardy Mardy Mustard, You Can't Eat Your Custard, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah!' were commonplace in Derby schools during the 1980s.
What is so wonderful about this word is that it has a whole meaning of its own and even though assumed to be derived from 'moody' it is not quite the same.
It is therefore of interest to know that the Chinese have a word that has exactly the same meaning as 'Mardy', therefore, it should be accepted into the Oxford English dictionary as a recognised word.
*Childish, easily upset, cowardly - a word restricted to an area between Leicestershire in the South and South Lancashire/South Yorkshire in the North.
( 'Ey Up Mi Duck' The dialect of Derbyshire and the East Midlands - Richard Scullins & John Titford - Countryside Books. Published 2000 ISBN 1 85306 658 3
a) Adjective used to describe a moody or grumpy person
b) Can also be used as 'mard' as a noun to describe someone who is currently in a mood
c) Someone who is reguarly mardy can be described as a mardy bum or mardy arse
"Tom's in a mard with me because I called his mum a slag"
"Jenny never stops complaining - she's such a mardy bum!"