• WordNet 3.6
    • adj scratchy unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound "a gravelly voice"
    • adj scratchy lacking consistency "the golfer hit the ball well but his putting was spotty"
    • adj scratchy easily irritated or annoyed "an incorrigibly fractious young man","not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
    • adj scratchy causing abrasion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Scratchy Characterized by scratches.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scratchy Consisting of mere scratches, or presenting the appearance of such; ragged; rough; irregular.
    • scratchy Scratching; that scratches, scrapes, or grates: as, a scratchy pen; a scratchy noise.
    • scratchy Of little depth of soil; consisting of rocks barely covered with soil: as, scratchy land.
    • scratchy Wearing a scratch-wig.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Scratchy ragged: scratching: of little depth
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Explained by Skeat as due to the confusion of M. E. skratten, to scratch, with M. E. cracchen, to scratch: skratten standing for skarten, an extended form from Ice. sker-a, to shear; cracchen, again, stands for kratsen—Sw. kratsa, to scrape.


In literature:

It may seem a trifle scratchy fer the moment, but it assassinates the blood-p'ison.
"The Conquest of Canaan" by Booth Tarkington
Something wry occurred about his shaven mouth and chin, something scratchy between those long silvery whiskers.
"The Forsyte Saga, Volume II." by John Galsworthy
Something wry occurred about his shaven mouth and chin, something scratchy between those long silvery whiskers.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
Why, right in the middle of a big, scratchy, blackberry bush!
"Buddy And Brighteyes Pigg" by Howard R. Garis
Slipped in between its leaves were two letters, written in a cramped, scratchy hand and rather irregular in spelling.
"Not Pretty, But Precious" by John Hay, et al.
The squire read the names over twice, pointing to each with his sharp, scratchy finger-nail.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
She wished as she spoke that she could ever speak right out sharp and scratchy the way other people did.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The texture of the back-ground was not purple smoke, but rather scratchy wool.
"Balloons" by Elizabeth Bibesco
Puss is more fluffy, and Father is scrubby and scratchy, because he shaves.
"The Brownies and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
The famous woods you read about are mere scratchy little collections of a few tree-stumps splintered and wrecked beyond belief.
"Letters to Helen" by Keith Henderson

In poetry:

Moonlight as we enter
the New Brunswick woods,
hairy, scratchy, splintery;
moonlight and mist
caught in them like lamb's wool
on bushes in a pasture.
"The Moose" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

Facing the driest weather in decades, many Oregonians are suffering from itchy eyes and scratchy throats.
There have been some good shows inside of shows, but Itchy and Scratchy is easily one of my favorites.
And a lot of those episodes have featured clips from Bart and Lisa's favorite TV show, ' Itchy and Scratchy.
So someone made a montage of every single ' Itchy and Scratchy' clip and posted it on YouTube.
Every Itchy & Scratchy Cartoon.
A Good Employee Turns Scratchy .
One of my friends awakens with a scratchy throat nearly every morning on these cold winter days.
The cleaver is made from the melted-down weapons of the greatest swordsmen , which we learn via a scratchy, classroom instructional film (it's actually clips from 1984's martial-arts classic "Eight Diagram Pole Fighter").
Give your iPod that scratchy sound.
Research suggests that honey soothes pesky coughs and scratchy throats.
Coming down with a scratchy throat.
It's scratchy, but a newly digitized recording made on a Thomas Edison-invented.
A couple encounters with the Himalayan blackberry – one tasty, one scratchy – inspired our editorial Thursday on the predatory plant.
But unlike Americana artists, she's not digging through old scratchy vinyl folk records.
The appalling rise of the smelly , sweaty, scratchy no-iron shirt.

In science:

In terms of giving credit, Stirling Colgate revealed the true father of modern supernova research: Scratchy Serapkin.
Conference Summary: Three Dimensional Explosions
Scratchy, not a scientist himself, fixed him with a steely glare and inquired, “Who knows how supernovae work?” Colgate realized what thin ground he, and the U.S. delegation, were on, returned to Livermore and made the case to Edward Teller that understanding supernovae must become a primary goal of the lab.
Conference Summary: Three Dimensional Explosions