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Representing a scratching or scraping sound.
1Scratchy, itchy, prickly.
2Of a sound: scratching, scraping.
originally US. Usually in reduplicative combination with other similar onomatopoeic words, as scritch, scratch, scratchy, etc., suggesting a succession of identical or similar sounds
Late 19th century; earliest use found in St. Nicholas. Variant of scratchy, probably resulting from vowel alternation in a reduplicated form.
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