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

But despite usually being down for anything in the name of style, Kendall has some pretty relatable reservations about a drastic hair change she’s been itching to try. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Is Thinking About Chopping Off Her Hair," 4 May 2019 More than half experienced itching while on the highest dose, leading 9 percent of that group to stop treatment. Riley Griffin, Bloomberg.com, "Intercept Tries to Outrun Pharma in Race for the Next Blockbuster," 10 Apr. 2019 While the specific signs to look for will depend on your condition, increased intensity of symptoms like pain, swelling, and itching is a clear sign to see a doctor, Dr. Paik says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What the Hell Is a Sitz Bath? (And Why Would You Take One?)," 14 Mar. 2019 Psoriasis, a chronic skin condition, can cause red, scaly patches that may itch, crack, and bleed. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "4 Tips for Putting on Makeup When You Have Psoriasis on Your Face," 24 May 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some warning signs to look out for: persistent itch, trouble sleeping, or redness and inflammation with yellow crusting, as this could be a sign of infection. Talia Abbas, SELF, "11 Tips for How to Treat Eczema During the Winter," 7 Jan. 2019 So before the brand comes to its senses and bumps the prices back up, scoot over to Sephora.com to scratch that Natasha Denona palette itch. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Natasha Denona's Highly Coveted Eye Shadow Palettes Are on Sale at Sephora Right Now," 23 May 2019 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

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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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