adjective (scratchier; -est) Date: 1827 1. marked or made with scratches <
scratchy drawing
scratchy handwriting
2. likely to scratch ; prickly <
scratchy undergrowth
3. making a scratching noise 4. uneven in quality ; ragged 5. causing tingling or itching ; irritating <
scratchy wool
6. somewhat inflamed and sore <
a scratchy throat
scratchily adverbscratchiness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • scratchy — 1710, from SCRATCH (Cf. scratch) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Of sounds (especially in reproduction) from 1889. Related: Scratchiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • scratchy — ► ADJECTIVE (scratchier, scratchiest) 1) causing or characterized by scratching. 2) (of a voice or sound) rough; grating. 3) (of a record) making a crackling sound because of scratches on the surface …   English terms dictionary

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  • scratchy — [[t]skræ̱tʃi[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Scratchy sounds are thin and harsh. Listening to the scratchy recording, I recognized Walt Whitman immediately. 2) ADJ GRADED Scratchy clothes or fabrics are rough and uncomfortable to wear next to your skin. Wool… …   English dictionary

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  • scratchy — scratch|y [ skrætʃi ] adjective 1. ) a scratchy record, voice, etc. makes an unpleasant sound like two rough surfaces rubbing together 2. ) rough and uncomfortable against your skin: a scratchy wool sweater ╾ scratch|i|ly adverb ╾ scratch|i|ness… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scratchy — adjective 1 scratchy clothes or materials feel rough and uncomfortable 2 a scratchy record makes a lot of unpleasant noises because it is old or damaged scratchiness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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