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

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 Steelers look for fresh start Coming off a 33-3 loss at New England, the Steelers are itching to get back on the field. BostonGlobe.com, "Minkah Fitzpatrick," 14 Sep. 2019 Swelling, rashes and itching appear 12 hours to two days after contact and blisters can last longer than two weeks. USA TODAY, "Rocket’s last blast, Alaska drought, million-dollar ham: News from around our 50 states," 23 Aug. 2019 Wall Street Journal China Talks President Trump’s market-soothing assertion yesterday—that China was itching for a trade deal—may not be entirely in sync with reality, analysts say. David Meyer, Fortune, "Ferdinand Piëch’s Legacy: CEO Daily," 27 Aug. 2019 Side effects, including burning, stinging, itching, and dryness, may occur, so be sure to contact your dermatologist for more treatment information. Isadora Baum, Allure, "Bryhali Lotion Is the Latest Psoriasis Drug Approved by the FDA," 8 Nov. 2018 His skin itched, and the constant cramping was like having a Charley horse in each muscle of his body. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "The most interesting man in baseball? It might be Mariners bullpen coach Brian DeLunas," 28 Aug. 2018 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the itch to try his hand at football never faded. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland lacrosse’s Jared Bernhardt ‘missed’ football, which he will pursue next year," 31 Aug. 2019 The origin story of banana milk begins in the halls of the world’s eighth-largest bank, where a restless financier felt the itch for something new. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Banana milk has officially entered the dairy wars," 2 Aug. 2019 After a 19-month break, however, the itch returned. Manouk Akopyan, latimes.com, "Andrew Cancio balances world championship boxing and a SoCal Gas job. It’s not easy," 20 June 2019 If the itch to explore strikes, downhill enthusiasts should try the 23 slopes of nearby Mohawk Mountain; lessons for both experts and beginners are available. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 However, the rash-causing, itch-inducing jellyfish larvae are not be confused with the small, parasitic crustaceans which feed on fish to survive (read: actual sea lice), according to the Divers Alert Network. Brittany Brown, baltimoresun.com, "Sea lice have been stinging at Virginia Beach. Is Ocean City next?," 13 July 2019 Despite Ash loving the opportunity to scare the living daylights out of hundreds of people and often getting the itch to scare some people again, getting her to be part of any new seasons would take some maneuvering. Rick Bentley, chicagotribune.com, "'Superstore’ actress on the ‘roller coaster ride’ of ‘Scare Tactics’," 8 July 2019 Senior defensive end Malcolm Roach has had the football itch since birth. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Longhorns captains defined by different leadership styles," 22 Aug. 2019 Who hasn't experienced the pleasurable relief that comes from scratching a persistent itch? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, among Ig Nobel winners," 12 Sep. 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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19 Oct 2019

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

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itch

verb
How to pronounce itch (audio)

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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