scratchy

adjective \ ˈskra-chē \

Definition of scratchy

scratchier; scratchiest
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

play \ˈskra-chə-lē\ adverb

scratchiness

play \ˈskra-chē-nəs\ noun

Examples of scratchy in a Sentence

  1. listening to scratchy old records

  2. The costume is made from scratchy material.

  3. He is sick with a scratchy throat.

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First Known Use of scratchy

1827

scratchy Synonyms

Synonyms
brambly, prickly, thistly, thorny
Related Words
burred; bristly, coarse, jagged, rough
Near Antonyms
silken, silky, soft, soothing

SCRATCHY Defined for English Language Learners

scratchy

adjective

Definition of scratchy for English Language Learners

  • : having a rough sound : having a sound like the sound made when something sharp or rough rubs against a surface or object

  • : rough and irritating to the skin : likely to make you itch

  • : swollen and sore


SCRATCHY Defined for Kids

scratchy

adjective \ ˈskra-chē \

Definition of scratchy for Students

scratchier; scratchiest
1 :likely to injure with something sharp
  • a scratchy rosebush
2 :causing irritation
  • a scratchy wool sweater
3 :coarse 1
  • I shook his scratchy hand.
4 :somewhat sore
  • a scratchy throat


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