scratch·y / ˈskrachē/ • adj. (scratch·i·er, scratch·i·est) (esp. of a fabric or garment) having a rough, uncomfortable texture and tending to cause itching or discomfort. ∎ (of a voice or sound) rough; grating: she dropped her voice to a scratchy whisper. ∎ (of a record) making a crackling or rough sound because of scratches on the surface. ∎ (of writing or a drawing) done with quick and jagged strokes: a scratchy ink sketch of a man on horseback.DERIVATIVES: scratch·i·ly / -əlē/ adv.scratch·i·ness n.