itch

verb
\ˈich \
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

b : lust, prurience

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Other Words from itch

Noun

itchiness \ˈi-chē-nəs \ noun
itchy \ˈi-chē \ 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

Mahrez has become increasingly unhappy at Leicester, with the winger still itching for that dream move to Manchester City. SI.com, "Leicester City Reportedly Make Offer of £25m for Turkey Teenager & Trabzonspor Prodigy," 2 July 2018 Collins, who was itching for a good umpire argument, was soon ejected. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto says he went too far, deserved ejection by umpire Carlos Torres," 27 June 2018 That begins Friday in St. Petersburg against Brazil, a superpower itching for a win after drawing with Switzerland. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Why Costa Rica Believes It Can Shock the World Again," 21 June 2018 It's been two years since the release of Rihanna's 2016 album ANTI, and music lovers are itching for some new music. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Rihanna Says She's Back 'In the Studio' Making New Music," 15 June 2018 President Trump seems to be itching for something more immediate. BostonGlobe.com, "Feds: Skimping can’t save seniors from rising med cost," 4 June 2018 That might be good news for players itching for that pre-training camp break. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: Could this defensive line actually have depth?," 30 May 2018 This can manifest as hives, itching, and watery eyes or anaphylaxis, a severe reaction that can include critical drops in blood pressure, difficulty breathing and possibly even swelling of the throat. Ronald S. Litman, Philly.com, "Should I worry about my child being allergic to anesthesia?," 9 July 2018 People with a wheat allergy respond to wheat proteins by churning out a class of antibodies called immunoglobulin E that can set off vomiting, itching, and shortness of breath. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "What’s really behind ‘gluten sensitivity’?," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The itch to move into coaching is starting to hit me. SI.com, "Barcelona Legend Andres Iniesta to Make 'Most Important Decision' Next Week as Asia Move Looms," 16 May 2018 An antihistamine or anti-itch creams like hydrocortisone can also help. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Only Thing You Should Do If a Bee Stings You," 6 June 2017 Populations of the itch-inducing insects have multiplied across Maryland — in many areas up to three times their normal early summer numbers — because of recent storms and flooding that have given them an abundance of water to breed in. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Dealing with more bug bites than usual? Mosquitos are at 3 times their normal number in Maryland this summer.," 5 July 2018 That is why a short blast of hot water works so well to stop an itch. Houston Chronicle, "Vicks VapoRub for poison ivy itch," 8 July 2018 The Longshot Rock Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has got the itch. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, "Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong gets back to punk roots with Longshot album," 2 May 2018 Castle Rock won’t scratch your Handmaid’s Tale itch. refinery29.com, "Handmaid’s Tale," 13 July 2018 Swimmers can reduce the risk of getting the itch by toweling off after going in the water and swimming in colder water, away from shore. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Feel like a swim? Here’s the lowdown on Anchorage lakes," 4 July 2018 For now, this serves as a friendly introduction to those who weren’t already flying to Las Vegas or combing the web for a virtual sportsbook to satisfy their gambling itch. Conor Orr, SI.com, "$100 on the Browns to Win the Super Bowl: Legal NFL Gambling Opens in New Jersey," 15 June 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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Phrases Related to itch

scratch the/an itch

scratch the/that itch

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More Definitions for itch

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 \
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 \

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 \ noun
itchy \ \ adjective

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