A person who is noted for being mardy
– that is to say demonstratively
miserable. Being depressed doesn't count – the mardy arse revels
in unhappiness and broadcasts it via sulking, moaning, whingeing
and (in the case of children) crying at the drop of a hat. An element of paranoia will generally be present; the mardy
arse permanently feels hard done-to.
Perhaps the key difference
between grumpy and mardy
is that the former involves more
anger and the latter more
self-pity. However, in an almost bipolar way, the mardy
arse will tend to be someone who mood-swings from mardy
surly/resentful to surly/aggressive
when alcohol has been added as a catalyst.
The term is a coarser and therefore more emphatic version of mardy bum
(the 'bum' in this sense referring to the buttocks, not a beggar or hobo, and 'arse' being a less polite word than
'bum'). It may be heard in the same
Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire zone of the English East
Midlands where mardy
is commonplace, though principally
the city of Leicester.