Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like the movement of a ratchet; jerky; clicking.

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  • adjective Resembling or characteristic of a ratchet

Etymologies

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ratchet +‎ -y

Examples

  • Glistening with tubular bells and tamtam, with rasping, ratchety interjections from güiro and other noisy percussion, the work builds to a sinister but voluptuous climax.

    LPO/Alsop; Varèse 360°

  • Someone who would take her hand in his hand, or his tentacle, or his ratchety claw, and say gently, firmly, “Dolores—Dolores—everything is going to be all right.”

    Agent Q, or The Smell Of Danger!

  • Someone who would take her hand in his hand, or his tentacle, or his ratchety claw, and say gently, firmly, “Dolores—Dolores—everything is going to be all right.”

    Agent Q, or The Smell Of Danger!

  • Not exactly dream casting as the captain and star of the controversial Springboks, Mr. Damon first sounds French, then like a ratchety-voiced Afrikaner in a patois that is hard to understand, and almost always out of place.

    I'm Cheering for Morgan Freeman

  • Not exactly dream casting as the captain and star of the controversial Springboks, Mr. Damon first sounds French, then like a ratchety-voiced Afrikaner in a patois that is hard to understand, and almost always out of place.

    I'm Cheering for Morgan Freeman

  • Add the rhythmic, ratchety sound of a guiro, along with a singer or two, and you have a basic parranda.

    A Quaff Fit for 3 Kings

  • They can be scraped together, like a bow on the strings of a fiddle, to produce a ratchety squeak by which a female signals her young.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • They can be scraped together, like a bow on the strings of a fiddle, to produce a ratchety squeak by which a female signals her young.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The hidden animals went crazy, setting up a din of shrieks, howls, and ratchety buzzing.

    Perseus Spur

  • He found the squabbling blue jays interesting, but the pileated woodpecker annoyed him with its ratchety cry.

    The Cat Who Sang For The Birds

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