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

The company said the most common adverse effects were abdominal discomfort or pain, coughing, hives, itching, nausea, throat irritation and vomiting. Nadia Kounang And Steve Almasy, CNN, "FDA takes major step toward approving first peanut allergy treatment," 13 Sep. 2019 Energy companies are itching to build solar farms near Intermountain and send the electricity to California by way of the power line, which will have plenty of unused capacity once the coal plant shuts down. Los Angeles Times, "A clean energy breakthrough could be buried deep beneath rural Utah," 8 Aug. 2019 Opioid narcotics, such as fentanyl or morphine, have known side effects such as decreased respiration, nausea, or itching, but true allergies to opioids are also almost unheard of. Ronald S. Litman, Philly.com, "Should I worry about my child being allergic to anesthesia?," 9 July 2018 In other words, members of this Administration have been itching for this fight for a while. Bob Sellers, Fortune, "Tariff Man: Behind Trump Economic Advisor Peter Navarro’s Long Quest to Ratchet Up the Trade War With China," 27 Aug. 2019 Symptoms include pain, especially when the ear is tugged or there is pressure on the ear; itching; swelling and redness, and pus drainage. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Wanna swim? Here's how to protect yourself from bacteria, parasites," 4 July 2019 After a series of would-be chances in the first half, Dynamo midfielder Marlon Hairston had been itching to make his impact. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo fall to Minnesota United in U.S. Open Cup," 18 June 2019 While a milk allergy can cause stomach pains similarly to lactose intolerance, an allergy typically presents with symptoms like hives, itching, swelling in the mouth, lips, and throat, wheezing, and in severe cases, anaphylaxis. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "These Are the Cheeses That Have the Lowest Levels of Lactose," 11 June 2019 Outfielder David Peralta has been itching to return to the Diamondbacks’ starting lineup, but has also been cautious about returning too soon. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Outfielder David Peralta returns from shoulder injury to Diamondbacks lineup," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If you're totally crushed out and nothing on the new Taylor Swift is scratching your itch in just the right way, give this one a spin instead. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "New Music To Know This Week: Summer Walker Strums Though The Pain & More," 23 Aug. 2019 Years of attending antique car shows did nothing to assuage the itch that Dennis Connole had to own one of those old cars himself. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "1960 Ford Starliner: Notorious rust-bucket fixed," 23 Aug. 2019 Tannin is that astringent sensation on your palate that leaves your mouth dry or makes your teeth itch. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Love it or hate it, oak is important in wine. Here are 5 things to know.," 16 Aug. 2019 Pekarik, a feisty 33-year-old single mother and embodiment of America’s entrepreneurial itch, grew up in Chicago’s suburbs and at age 24 began baking for the fun of it. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The land of the free and the home of the rent-seekers," 15 Aug. 2019 Experts say the rash is easily remedied by rinsing all the sea lice off your body and clothes and applying topical anti-itch cream to soothe the skin. Brittany Brown, baltimoresun.com, "Sea lice have been stinging at Virginia Beach. Is Ocean City next?," 13 July 2019 The research isn’t just about scratching a scientific itch. Ben Simons, National Geographic, "Volcanoes blow smoke rings. Now we know how they do it.," 7 Aug. 2019 If just being around people doesn’t scratch the lonely itch, there are also options for actually meeting and hanging out with new people during the summer. Anna Borges, SELF, "7 Tips for Anyone Who Gets Depressed in the Summer," 21 June 2019 If Toyota got the itch to move to Texas, how about other auto firms? Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Heard on the street: Is Honda eyeing a move to North Texas?," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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