- 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
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Examples from the Web for scratchy
Cochran had come down with some nasty throat bug and his voice was low and scratchy, but that only made it better.How Thad Cochran Pulled Off a Win Over Chris McDaniel (Simple, Really)
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Once again, Pharoah hammers down every screechy, scratchy vocal tic while doing a Rock-sian riff on Romeo and Juliet.Barack Obama and Jay Pharoah’s 7 Best Celebrity Impressions (VIDEO)
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Last year, she had a chance to meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, 16 years after seeing that scratchy video in Beijing.Alyse Nelson: A Life Less Ordinary
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The rebels said so, in their scratchy broadcasts from across the border.Vanished in Uganda
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Though the voice was thin and scratchy, the words were clearly audible.Planet of the Damned
It was a recording, scratchy, and full of unthinkable distance.The Planet Strappers
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Scratchy Wilson's drunk, and has turned loose with both hands.The Open Boat and Other Stories
He was precisely the shepherd for the foreground of a scratchy etching.Italian Hours
The Vicarage was well enough in its way, but fussy and niggly and scratchy.The Tower of Oblivion
Word Origin and History for scratchy
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper