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

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 buildup of skin cells creates scaly, patches that can itch, hurt, crust up and bleed. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "7 Scalp Conditions That Cause Bumps or Spots — And How to Treat Them," 27 Aug. 2020 Skin exposure can cause pain, redness, swelling and itching, according to the National Capital Poison Center. USA Today, "Going to protest George Floyd's death? Here's how to protect yourself against tear gas, pepper spray," 2 June 2020 People practicing social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic are itching to change up their looks. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "The Psychology Behind That Tempting Quarantine Makeover," 24 Apr. 2020 John Phillips Hassan Rifat Kotob, a 30-year old business whiz in Ann Arbor, bought a Carrera 2 convertible last year and is itching to trade. Martin Padgett, Car and Driver, "1993 Porsche 911 Speedster Road Test," 27 Mar. 2020 Other researchers are already itching to move beyond editing cells in a dish. Heidi Ledford, Scientific American, "Quest to Use CRISPR Against Disease Gains Ground," 7 Jan. 2020 Pick: Cowboys by 6 Cardinals at 49ers (-11½) Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, itching to return to the sport, will take part in a private workout Saturday in Atlanta. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop NFL Picks: Week 11," 13 Nov. 2019 But for those itching to get a head-start on their spring/summer (and vacation) wardrobe before everybody else, Farm Rio's latest collection is already available to shop online now. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Brazilian Brand Is About to Become Every Fashion Girl’s Favorite," 19 Mar. 2019 A few years ago, Mike Maher, co-founder of the Philadelphia co-working space Benjamin’s Desk, was itching to get into real estate. Caitlin Mccabe, Philly.com, "Move over, Realtor commissions. Philly's Houwzer boasts low flat fee to sell homes," 21 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To help relieve the itch, Dr. Zeichner recommends moisturizers containing hydrating hyaluronic acid and skin repairing ceramics. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Elle Fanning Reveals Her Eye Shadow Is Actually Eczema in Candid Viral Photos," 15 Sep. 2020 Overall, our patients achieved a 60-75% improvement in their rash and itch by applying Roseomonas two to three times per week for 4 months. Ian Myles, The Conversation, "Live bacteria spray is showing promise in treating childhood eczema," 10 Sep. 2020 That probably scratches an itch for those of us who loved splashing in mud puddles as kids but aren’t allowed to any more. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Some interesting graphic novels, both serious and silly: Captain Comics," 10 Sep. 2020 The 68-year-old didn’t get the itch to design plays while watching a game. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: Can Chan Gailey resurrect Dolphins’ offense? Here’s what his history as a play-caller tells us | Commentary," 9 Sep. 2020 Plaque psoriasis, the most common form of the condition, creates patches of irritated, scaly skin that can crack, bleed, burn, and itch, according to the Mayo Clinic. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Watch This New Documentary Exploring the Complex Link Between Psoriasis and Mental Health," 26 Aug. 2020 This weekend the streaming service continues its recent streak of films that scratch the blockbuster itch with the release of Project Power. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Project Power' and a Summer Without Superheroes," 15 Aug. 2020 The Note20 Ultra would certainly scratch my big phone itch. Dallas News, "First Look: Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G Ultra," 13 Aug. 2020 These midweight hikers are high-quality outdoor socks, period, made of itch-free Merino wool that remains cool in hot weather and warm in a freeze. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Clothing, Chemicals, and Sprays to Prevent Tick and Chigger Bites," 13 July 2020

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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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Last Updated

6 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Itch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/itch. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for itch

itch

verb
How to pronounce itch (audio)

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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