itch

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verb

itched; itching; itches

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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

itch

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noun

1
a
: 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
2
a
: a restless usually constant often compulsive desire
an itch to travel
itchiness noun
itchy adjective

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The skin might itch, feel swollen, and look inflamed and flaky. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 3 June 2022 Hives can itch, burn and sting and often feel warm to the touch. Patricia A. Macculloch, The Conversation, 12 Aug. 2022 And those patches can itch, hurt, crust up and bleed. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2022 TikTok user Pop Kitchen from Parade's Taco Bell copycat pizza can satisfy that Taco Bell itch right at home with these ingredients. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2022 If the bites itch, apply the product one to two times daily. Daryl Perry, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2022 If all went well, my bug bites would no longer itch, my cheeks would glow and my sneakers would smell like a florist shop and not a den of skunks. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 But both men itch to turn this peace and quiet into blood and bone. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 10 June 2022 But both men itch to turn this peace and quiet into blood and bone. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 2 June 2022
Noun
Bautista, 34, got the FTX itch thanks in part to flashy advertising. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2022 Fans of the former will still be jazzed to see Farrell and Gleeson doing their double act again, of course, and there’s enough gloriously warped verbiage to scratch that bad-mouth-fast-talk itch. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 22 Oct. 2022 Protecting your property—and the people and things that reside inside—is your duty, and your right. Home-security systems of all kinds, from guard dogs to alarms, have scratched this itch for decades. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 17 Oct. 2022 Luckily, that itch can be comprehensively scratched with Daily Fantasy Sports betting. Sam Wilkins, Chicago Tribune, 29 Sep. 2022 There’s a bit of Jim Carrey in that itch to constantly morph and contort, and a whole lot of Lucille Ball. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2022 Running parallel with his job was his lifelong passion for fitness and competition, and the challenge scratched that itch nicely. Sean Clancy, Arkansas Online, 5 Sep. 2022 Peter Fatse and Ryan Fuller finished up their notable playing careers at UConn, then scratched the itch to try professional baseball before letting the dream go. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 18 Aug. 2022 How to treat dry scalp Assuming your scalp itch is the result of product build-up, managing the symptoms is as simple as modifying your scalp care routine. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 27 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English icchen, from Old English giccan; akin to Old High German jucchen to itch

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Itch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/itch. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

itch 1 of 2

verb

1
: to have or produce an itch
2
: to cause to itch
3
: to have a strong desire
itching to get going

itch

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: an uneasy irritating feeling in the skin usually held to result from exciting cells or groups of cells which sense pain
b
: a skin disorder accompanied by an itch
especially : scabies
2
: a restless usually constant desire
itchiness noun
itchy adjective

Medical Definition

itch

noun

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
itch verb
itchiness noun
itchy adjective

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