from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by or consisting of scratches: scratchy handwriting.
  • adj. Making a harsh scratching noise: a scratchy voice; a scratchy record.
  • adj. Harsh and irritating: a scratchy fabric.
  • adj. Irregular; uneven: played a scratchy stroke.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characterized by scratches; itchy; irritating.
  • adj. annoying, irritating
  • adj. (of an analogue radio transmission) noisy, lossy; marred by white noise or static as a result of poor or low signal, interference or unfavourable atmospheric conditions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by scratches.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of mere scratches, or presenting the appearance of such; ragged; rough; irregular.
  • Scratching; that scratches, scrapes, or grates: as, a scratchy pen; a scratchy noise.
  • Of little depth of soil; consisting of rocks barely covered with soil: as, scratchy land.
  • Wearing a scratch-wig.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking consistency
  • adj. unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
  • adj. causing abrasion
  • adj. easily irritated or annoyed


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