scratchy

adjective
\ ˈskra-chē How to pronounce scratchy (audio) \
scratchier; scratchiest

Definition of scratchy

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

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Other Words from scratchy

scratchily \ ˈskra-​chə-​lē How to pronounce scratchy (audio) \ adverb
scratchiness \ ˈskra-​chē-​nəs How to pronounce scratchy (audio) \ noun

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Examples of scratchy in a Sentence

listening to scratchy old records The costume is made from scratchy material. He is sick with a scratchy throat.
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Recent Examples on the Web We’ve been subjected to the bottom of the barrel: cheap, salty, scratchy little things that any epicure would despise. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "Dislike Anchovies? Here's Why You Should Give Them a Second Chance," 28 Feb. 2021 Merino wool is impressively warm, not scratchy like standard wool products, moisture-wicking, anti-odor, and has natural flexibility. Outdoor Life, "Best Neck Gaiter: Protection from the Neck Up in Every Season," 18 Feb. 2021 His scratchy throat had progressed to a dry cough, headache, joint pain and fever. Jonel Aleccia, Los Angeles Times, "COVID-19 patients struggle to get highly touted yet elusive antibody treatments," 21 Jan. 2021 Delaney was a paternal figure who disabused Baldwin of the notion that jazz was sinful, and played Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller and Bessie Smith for the boy on his scratchy record player. New York Times, "The People James Baldwin Knew," 11 Dec. 2020 Polyester blends hold up the best in the wash, and against stains, but can be scratchy and sweaty. Ana Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "The best baby legging for boys," 19 Dec. 2020 The second employee experienced milder symptoms, including eye puffiness, lightheadedness and a scratchy throat, the report said. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Chicago-area hospital to resume vaccinations after 4 workers experience adverse reactions: report," 19 Dec. 2020 The second worker in Alaska developed puffy eyes, lightheadedness, and a scratchy throat 10 minutes after receiving the vaccine. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "What you should know about allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine," 17 Dec. 2020 Delaney was a paternal figure who disabused Baldwin of the notion that jazz was sinful, and played Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller and Bessie Smith for the boy on his scratchy record player. New York Times, "The People James Baldwin Knew," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of scratchy

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Mar 2021

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“Scratchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scratchy. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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scratchy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of scratchy

: having a rough sound : having a sound like the sound made when something sharp or rough rubs against a surface or object
informal : rough and irritating to the skin : likely to make you itch
: swollen and sore

scratchy

adjective
\ ˈskra-chē How to pronounce scratchy (audio) \
scratchier; scratchiest

Kids Definition of scratchy

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

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