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scratchy

[skrach-ee] /ˈskrætʃ i/
adjective, scratchier, scratchiest.
1.
causing or liable to cause a slight grating noise:
a scratchy record.
2.
consisting of or marked by scratches:
a scratchy drawing.
3.
uneven; haphazard:
He plays a scratchy game.
4.
causing itching or other minor irritation of the skin:
a scratchy woolen sweater.
5.
causing or liable to cause a scratch or scratches:
scratchy bushes.
6.
Chiefly British Slang. peevish; spiteful.
Origin of scratchy
1700-1710
1700-10; scratch + -y1
Related forms
scratchily, adverb
scratchiness, noun
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adj.

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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