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[skrach-ee] /ˈskrætʃ i/
adjective, scratchier, scratchiest.
causing or liable to cause a slight grating noise:
a scratchy record.
consisting of or marked by scratches:
a scratchy drawing.
uneven; haphazard:
He plays a scratchy game.
causing itching or other minor irritation of the skin:
a scratchy woolen sweater.
causing or liable to cause a scratch or scratches:
scratchy bushes.
Chiefly British Slang. peevish; spiteful.
Origin of scratchy
1700-10; scratch + -y1
Related forms
scratchily, adverb
scratchiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for scratchy
  • The article with the scratchy bones does simply not provide evidence for hunting.
  • No one recognized my voice, it became rough with a constant scratchy through with white spots in the back and sides of my mouth.
  • For those who do not trust their own burning eyes and scratchy throats, other sources of information are available.
  • They are not at all scratchy, though, so can easily be worn over a t-shirt.
  • Those who had only their own scratchy receivers phoned or wrote in.
  • It brought to life what scratchy vinyl and tape could not.
  • Your nose is running, your throat is scratchy, and your eyes are burning.
  • He starts in almost a whisper, a good place for that scratchy voice.
  • Unfortunately, those early shows can only be seen on scratchy kinescopes or heard on audiotapes.
  • But the test cars had itchy-scratchy noises in the headliners, near the sunroofs.
Word Origin and History for scratchy

1710, "affected with 'the scratch,'" a skin disease, from scratch (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "composed of scratches" is from 1827; that of "grating" is from 1866. Of sounds (especially in reproduction) from 1889. Related: Scratchiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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