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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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(ˈskrætʃ i)

adj. scratch•i•er, scratch•i•est.
1. causing a slight grating noise.
2. consisting of or marked by scratches: a scratchy drawing.
3. uneven; haphazard: He plays a scratchy game.
4. causing or liable to cause a scratch or minor irritation.
scratch′i•ly, adv.
scratch′i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.scratchy - causing abrasionscratchy - causing abrasion      
rough, unsmooth - having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"
2.scratchy - easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
3.scratchy - lacking consistency; "the golfer hit the ball well but his putting was spotty"
inconsistent - displaying a lack of consistency; "inconsistent statements cannot both be true at the same time"; "inconsistent with the roadmap"
4.scratchy - unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound; "a gravelly voice"
cacophonic, cacophonous - having an unpleasant sound; "as cacophonous as a henyard"- John McCarten
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Disagreeable to the sense of hearing:
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مُحْدِثُ صَريرا أو خَرْبَشَه
sem rispar/ískrar


[ˈskrætʃɪ] ADJ (scratchier (compar) (scratchiest (superl))) [fabric] → que rasca or pica; [pen] → que rasca; [writing] → flojo, irregular
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈskrætʃi] adj
[recording] → grésillant(e); [pen] → qui accroche
[blanket, sweater, wool] → qui gratte
Wool is so scratchy that it irritates the skin → La laine gratte tellement qu'elle irrite la peau.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


adj (+er) sound, penkratzend attr; recordzerkratzt; feel, sweaterkratzig; does his beard feel scratchy?kratzt sein Bart?; my old record-player has a rather scratchy tonemein alter Plattenspieler kracht ziemlich
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈskrætʃɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (fabric) → ruvido/a; (pen) → che raschia; (record) → graffiato/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(skrӕtʃ) verb
1. to mark or hurt by drawing a sharp point across. The cat scratched my hand; How did you scratch your leg?; I scratched myself on a rose bush.
2. to rub to relieve itching. You should try not to scratch insect bites.
3. to make by scratching. He scratched his name on the rock with a sharp stone.
4. to remove by scratching. She threatened to scratch his eyes out.
5. to withdraw from a game, race etc. That horse has been scratched.
1. a mark, injury or sound made by scratching. covered in scratches; a scratch at the door.
2. a slight wound. I hurt myself, but it's only a scratch.
3. in certain races or competitions, the starting point for people with no handicap or advantage.
ˈscratchy adjective
ˈscratchiness noun
scratch the surface
to deal too slightly with a subject. We started to discuss the matter, but only had time to scratch the surface.
start from scratch
to start (an activity etc) from nothing, from the very beginning, or without preparation. He now has a very successful business but he started from scratch.
up to scratch
at or to the required or satisfactory standard. Your work does not come up to scratch.
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References in classic literature ?
We stood there in friendly silence, while the feeble minstrel sheltered in Antonia's hair went on with its scratchy chirp.
And it never goes high up, or sharp, or squeaky, or scratchy, like some women's voices when they're mad, or fresh, or excited, till they remind me of a bum phonograph record.
but I'm tired playing that tune," called the phonograph, speaking through its horn in a brazen, scratchy voice.
Van Horn sent Tambi below to bring up the small phonograph and run off the dozen or so scratchy, screechy records that had already been under the needle a thousand times.
My pictures stick in the mind longer than your scratchy etchings, or the leaden things in which you fancy you see tender harmonies in gray.
"Itchy and Scratchy," I suggested for our ragdoll brothers, as El Gaffer sipped her Pornstar Martini.
Chris Packham with his dog Scratchy Tickets cost PS13.50 adult/PS7.50 child at JOIN THE PETS' QUEST IN HOLLYWOOD CATS and dogs will be reigning at Universal Studios Hollywood next year.
The Springwatch presenter, 57, joined Extinction Rebellion's action in London this week despite having to nurse 15-year-old Scratchy.
Springwatch presenter Chris, 56, who has a miniature poodle named Scratchy, said: "Someone told me how thin my dog looked but he's at his ideal weight.
But he was devastated when his poodle Itchy died last year, aged 14, and his other poodle Scratchy is now in poor health.
In her first visit to Asia and to the Philippines, she, however, caused a stir when she was quoted as saying in a video uploaded by New Zealand's news outfit, Newshub, that the barong she wore to the gala dinner was scratchy and 'quite starched.'
Chris lives alone in the woods with his "best friend" Scratchy the dog and doesn't have the need for social contact.