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 Dictionary entry overview: What does scratchy mean? 

SCRATCHY (adjective)
  The adjective SCRATCHY has 4 senses:

1. causing abrasion
2. easily irritated or annoyed
3. lacking consistency
4. unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound

  Familiarity information: SCRATCHY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

SCRATCHY (adjective)

Sense 1scratchy [BACK TO TOP]


Causing abrasion


abrasive; scratchy


rough; unsmooth (having or caused by an irregular surface)

Sense 2scratchy [BACK TO TOP]


Easily irritated or annoyed


tetchy; testy; techy; petulant; pettish; peevish; irritable; peckish; nettlesome; scratchy; fractious; cranky

Context examples:

an incorrigibly fractious young man / not the least nettlesome of his countrymen


ill-natured (having an irritable and unpleasant disposition)

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Lacking consistency


spotty; uneven; scratchy

Context example:

the golfer hit the ball well but his putting was spotty


inconsistent (displaying a lack of consistency)

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Unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound


grating; gravel; rasping; raspy; gravelly; scratchy; rough

Context example:

a gravelly voice


cacophonic; cacophonous (having an unpleasant sound)

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