Definition of scratchy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskraCHē/

adjective (scratchier, scratchiest)

1(Especially of a fabric or garment) having a rough, uncomfortable texture and tending to cause itching or discomfort.
Example sentences
  • Rose's fingers were numb from the cold, white with sharply marked red tips, and they stung bitterly as she dug them into his scratchy coat.
  • ‘Check to see if your guitar is in there,’ I laughed, grabbing the thick, scratchy wool blanket off the couch.
  • Did you know that sacking-like scratchy large-weave fabric with vaguely hairy fibres, the stuff they put on display screens and trendy flower arrangements, is called Hessian?
1.1(Of a voice or sound) rough; grating: she dropped her voice to a scratchy whisper
More example sentences
  • He winced, still recalling her scratchy laughter and screeching voice.
  • ‘Great outfit,’ Joey said disguising his voice with scratchy sounds.
  • ‘C'mere horsey,’ the woman called in a harsh, scratchy voice.
1.2(Of a record) making a crackling or rough sound because of scratches on the surface.
Example sentences
  • Thoughtless musical parasites nearly brought the entire record industry to its knees by recording scratchy vinyl or crackly medium wave onto hissy cassettes.
  • When I was a kid in the fifties, the whole of our primary school would gather on the lawn while a bugle played off a scratchy record and the Head read the obligatory poem.
  • We had a few scratchy records, a disco deck, a microphone, a small transmitter and a desire in our hearts to try to create something that people would be proud of.
1.3(Of writing or a drawing) done with quick and jagged strokes: a scratchy ink sketch of a man on horseback
More example sentences
  • When the works were viewed side by side, de Kooning's brushwork really did look like a blowup of Soutine's scratchy strokes.
  • Hope's rather scratchy sketch shows the western end of the gallery with two Greek Doric columns framing a view of the organ.
  • He was wearing black faded jeans, and a red t-shirt with ‘Sporks Rule Me’ etched in black scratchy writing across it.



Pronunciation: /ˈskraCHəlē/
Example sentences
  • When I was a tot, these things were rare - I remember but one, a character promoting the scratchily animated Disney cartoon.
  • We stayed in the auditorium until the school day ended about two hours later, listening intently to the unfolding story broadcast scratchily from that tiny radio.
  • I liked dive bars with old jukeboxes that scratchily played Sinatra and ‘Dock of the Bay.’


Example sentences
  • For such people, smoking is a significant irritant, worsening the symptoms of scratchiness and stinging or burning of the eyes.
  • You can actually see the scratchiness in the lines, evidence of actual pens driven by real human hands in the creation of these drawings.
  • I leaned through the window and kissed his cheek, feeling the familiar scratchiness of his whiskers.

Words that rhyme with scratchy

Apache, catchy, patchy, snatchy

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Syllabification: scratch·y

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