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

Symptoms include itching, pain, small sores or blisters, ulcers and scabs. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "Yes, President Trump, there is a difference between HIV and HPV. Here's a handy tipsheet," 19 May 2018 After creating a few apps for iPhone, software developer Greg Pierce was itching for a better way to get things done on iOS. Jordan Mcmahon, WIRED, "How One Apple Programmer Got Apps Talking to Each Other," 2 June 2018 But still, my fingers were itching for that scroll. Dana Hamilton, The Cut, "How to Be a Tiny Bit Better at Getting Over a Breakup," 5 Mar. 2018 When to call your pediatrician Call your pediatrician if your child seems to be ill and not merely uncomfortable due to the itching from a bite. Dipesh Navsaria, Houston Chronicle, "What parents should know to prevent — and deal with — bug bites," 6 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The itch-inducing insects have tripled their normal population in many areas. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s mockery of the #MeToo movement underscores the GOP’s problem with women in 2018," 6 July 2018 News stories about the warnings have gone viral—along with an itch-inducing photo of just such a rash—prompting concerns nationwide. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "What Are Sea Lice, and How Do You Avoid Their Red, Itchy Rash?," 27 June 2018 The key ingredient is zinc pyrithione, which Erdman says hydrates and rids flakes and itch to give you healthy brow skin and brows. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Do Eyebrows Grow Back When You've Over-plucked?," 21 Aug. 2018 Well, this oughta scratch that Irish punk rock itch until about St. Patrick's Day 2020. Aaron Davis, sacbee, "‘Stranger in Alps’ crooner brings intensity, intimacy to Harlow’s show," 12 July 2018 But for Mason, there was an itch that could not go unscratched. Cleve Wootson, chicagotribune.com, "Trump sent a retired teacher a letter about gun policy. She fixed the grammar and sent it back.," 1 June 2018 But for Mason, there was an itch that could not go unscratched. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Trump sent a retired teacher a letter about gun policy. She fixed the grammar and sent it back.," 1 June 2018 The Lancer, at any rate, is not an itch that is easy to scratch. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Who's more obnoxious than Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson? -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 23 Apr. 2018 There has been no itch to grab a bat and glove and join in. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Derek Jeter won’t be in the lineup for Opening Day, but the goal remains the same | Miami Herald," 28 Mar. 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

: 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 \-​ē \ adjective

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