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scratchy (adj.)

1710, "affected with 'the scratch,'" a skin disease, from scratch (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "composed of scratches" is from 1827; that of "grating" is from 1866. Of sounds (especially in reproduction) from 1889. Related: Scratchiness.

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Definitions of scratchy from WordNet

scratchy (adj.)
causing abrasion;
Synonyms: abrasive
scratchy (adj.)
lacking consistency;
Synonyms: spotty / uneven
scratchy (adj.)
unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound;
Synonyms: grating / gravelly / rasping / raspy / rough
From wordnet.princeton.edu