itch

verb
\ ˈich How to pronounce itch (audio) \
itched; itching; itches

Definition of itch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to have an itch her arm itched
b : to produce an itchy sensation long underwear that itches
2 : to have a restless desire or hankering for something were itching to go outside

transitive verb

1 : to cause to itch
2 : vex, irritate

itch

noun

Definition of itch (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an uneasy irritating sensation in the upper surface of the skin usually held to result from mild stimulation of pain receptors
b : a skin disorder accompanied by such a sensation especially : a contagious eruption caused by a mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) that burrows in the skin and causes intense itching
2a : a restless usually constant often compulsive desire an itch to travel

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Other Words from itch

Noun

itchiness \ ˈi-​chē-​nəs How to pronounce itchiness (audio) \ noun
itchy \ ˈi-​chē How to pronounce itchy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of itch in a Sentence

Verb

His eyes began to burn and itch because of his allergies. This sweater makes me itch.

Noun

I had a slight itch on my back. Scratching only makes the itch worse. She's always had an itch for adventure. He has an itch to travel.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The congressman from New York has been itching to get Donald Trump almost from the day he was elected president. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Jerry Nadler’s Contempt," 6 May 2019 Is a person without a phone even a person, or just a collection of atoms itching for its electronic limb? Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Google and the Rise of "Digital Wellbeing"," 9 May 2018 For one woman who's really sensitive, a small colonization can cause a lot of itching and burning. Redbook, "12 Shocking Things You Didn't Know About Yeast Infections," 17 Aug. 2017 But this is not an administration full of people itching to invoke the 25th Amendment. David Brooks | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "The decline of anti-Trumpism," 9 Jan. 2018 The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, itching at the injection site, and impaired hand function. Vogue, "Celebrity Manicurist Deborah Lippmann on Beauty, Aging, and the Product That Changed her Relationship With her Hands," 1 Apr. 2019 Because the collection, called Minna Home, was designed using data that the online design service has collected over four years of serving customers itching to redecorate their spaces. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "You Didn't Realize It, But You Probably Helped Design This New Furniture Line," 26 Mar. 2019 This gesture is all but meaningless unless Jeff Sessions or Kirstjen Nielsen have financial assets in Turkey or are itching to travel there. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Bring Pastor Andrew Brunson Home," 6 Aug. 2018 Some benevolent tech billionaire itching to make up for his or her products hijacking our attention should put together a trust that would financially allow every human being on earth to experience this particular natural oddity on horseback. Candice Rainey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Colorado Ranch Retreat That Gives You a Real Taste of Cowboy Life," 20 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ultimately, this wasn't about satisfying some travel itch, or even introducing Hailey to the family—though that was wonderful. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Maternity Moons Are Now a Thing," 28 Nov. 2018 With 2019 inching its way into the periphery, the early itch for a New Year, New Me makeover is a tangible one. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "9 Short Cuts That Make the Case for a Dramatic Holiday Hair Makeover," 30 Nov. 2018 Three days later, after regular use, my lips—for the first time in eight years—were chap-, scale-, and itch-free. Andrea Cheng, Glamour, "Tatcha's Jelly Mask Smooths Your Lips Like No Lip Balm Can," 28 Sep. 2018 Many of the Polo Lounge’s diners are familiar enough to make my brain itch. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Sarah Hyland Opens Up About Dialysis and Her Second Kidney Transplant," 10 Dec. 2018 And for those who need to scratch that fashion itch while looking at the pieces, there’s a MatchesFashion.com pop-up located on-site. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Comes to New York City," 28 Sep. 2018 What better way to satisfy that back-to-school shopping itch than with a swath of brand new beauty products? Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Sale for Fall Is Happening Soon, So Mark Your Calendars," 20 Aug. 2018 Overwhelming them can shut down the sensation of itch for a while. Houston Chronicle, "Vicks VapoRub for poison ivy itch," 8 July 2018 But lots of us get the same itch in winter: the need to get a sunny, tropical break from the snow and the gloom. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Meteorologist Created the Perfect Road Trip," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of itch

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for itch

Verb

Middle English icchen, from Old English giccan; akin to Old High German jucchen to itch

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itch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of itch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to have or produce an unpleasant feeling on your skin or inside your mouth, nose, etc. that makes you want to scratch
informal : to have a strong desire to do something or for something

itch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of itch (Entry 2 of 2)

: an uncomfortable or unpleasant feeling on your skin or inside your mouth, nose, etc., that makes you want to scratch
somewhat informal : a constant and strong desire for something or to do something

itch

verb
\ ˈich How to pronounce itch (audio) \
itched; itching

Kids Definition of itch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to have or produce an unpleasant feeling that causes a desire to scratch My nose itches.
2 : to have a strong desire The kids at my school are ALWAYS itching to see a fight.— Jeff Kinney, Wimpy Kid

itch

noun

Kids Definition of itch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an unpleasant feeling that causes a desire to scratch
2 : a skin disorder in which an itch is present
3 : a restless usually constant desire an itch to travel

itch

noun
\ ˈich How to pronounce itch (audio) \

Medical Definition of itch

1 : an uneasy irritating sensation in the upper surface of the skin usually held to result from mild stimulation of pain receptors
2 : a skin disorder accompanied by an itch especially : a contagious eruption caused by an itch mite of the genus Sarcoptes (S. scabiei) that burrows in the skin and causes intense itching

Other Words from itch

itch verb
itchiness \ ˈich-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce itchiness (audio) \ noun
itchy \ -​ē How to pronounce itchy (audio) \ adjective

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