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adj. scratch·i·er, scratch·i·est
1. Marked by or consisting of scratches: scratchy handwriting.
2. Making a harsh scratching noise: a scratchy voice; a scratchy record.
3. Harsh and irritating: a scratchy fabric.
4. Irregular; uneven: played a scratchy stroke.

scratch′i·ly adv.
scratch′i·ness n.
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