Pronunciation: (skrach'ē),[key] —adj.,scratch•i•er, scratch•i•est. 1. causing or liable to cause a slight grating noise: a scratchy record. 2. consisting of or marked by scratches: a scratchy drawing. 3. uneven; haphazard: He plays a scratchy game. 4. causing itching or other minor irritation of the skin: a scratchy woolen sweater. 5. causing or liable to cause a scratch or scratches: scratchy bushes. 6. Chiefly Brit. Slang.peevish; spiteful.