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 itch (audio) \ noun
itchy \ ˈi-​chē How to pronounce itch (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 Th victim may get those nasty welts that itch like a chigger bite. Sylvia Goodman, The Courier-Journal, 13 Aug. 2021 These bumps are usually white or red in appearance and don’t hurt or itch. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 19 July 2021 The dramas that once resided in the middle will head to streaming, or viewers will scratch that itch with television shows like Mare of Easttown. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 28 June 2021 The rash may also itch or burn, but usually only mildly, per the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD). Colleen Murphy, Health.com, 7 June 2021 The Reunion scratches that itch in a way that another episode or a Friends follow-up movie probably would not. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 26 May 2021 The pain from shingles can vary—some people mostly itch; Others can have pain from a gentle touch. Korin Miller, Health.com, 21 Apr. 2021 Already there are concerns over what the next few weeks and months will bring, as younger loyalists itch to make their presence felt. NBC News, 21 Apr. 2021 The flap in January about how many people of color are featured on the Chemtrails Over the Country Club album art could happen only to a star whose use of classic American iconography has made people itch in the past. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Xbox flavor on their very current Xbox hardware, these imminent limited editions should scratch that nostalgic itch. Mitch Wallace, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 Benadryl capsules may help you not to feel the itch, as well. Frank Sargeant, al, 29 Aug. 2021 Aside from being an antidote to that seasonal itch, fall travel is convenient with smaller crowds at airports and on the roads. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 27 Aug. 2021 Very soon, that inkling turned into an itch, and after being away from the series during the two weeks of the Indy 500 and watching it remotely, Grosjean's mind had changed. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Aug. 2021 Also working with mice, Kim, along with scientists at Johns Hopkins University, has shown that immune system components called mast cells trigger itch neurons in the skin. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 16 Aug. 2021 But that’s not the point, of course; this is a car designed for those with the financial means to scratch any automotive itch. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 13 Aug. 2021 On the other hand, withholding the name of the other boy—until it is revealed—lent credence to the emotional questions in the piece, scratching the emotional itch in the story’s penultimate scene. Cressida Leysho, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Fortunately, another viral clip from British TV scratched that itch. Marcus Jones, EW.com, 21 July 2021

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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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The first known use of itch was before the 12th century

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“Itch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/itch. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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
: 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
: 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, Diary of a 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 itch (audio) \ noun
itchy \ -​ē How to pronounce itch (audio) \ adjective

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