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 itch (audio) \ noun
itchy \ ˈi-​chē How to pronounce itch (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Luckily, there are several minor league teams in the area — including a new one in northwest Indiana — that can help baseball fans scratch that itch without breaking the bank. Annie Alleman, Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2022 Generally, the skin surrounding the lesions is dry and may peel—and the spots themselves can really itch or burn. Stephanie Watson, SELF, 8 Apr. 2022 Kelby Raynor had been sitting in the classroom at Havenwood Academy for hours, her clothes still wet and her body beginning to itch. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Mar. 2022 Anal fissures can be painful, itch, bleed, or feel irritated, according to the Mayo Clinic. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, 10 Mar. 2022 This leads to a buildup of dead cells on your skin’s surface, and that buildup turns into red, gray, or purple plaques that may burn or itch. Kathryn Watson, SELF, 9 Mar. 2022 Icebreaker uses Merino wool, which is soft, comfortable, and, most importantly, doesn't itch. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 18 Nov. 2020 It’s the airborne Grinch that arrives in time for Christmas each year, making eyes itch and noses run. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Dec. 2021 For those who do itch due to dead skin build up, Dr. Friedman says the act of scratching those areas doesn't provide relief. Cathy Cassata, Health.com, 13 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The itch is a feeling, a sensation to be relieved, but the herbivore has no idea what causes it—lice. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2022 But win or lose, Brady is making the right call, because the itch remains, his abilities remain, and so too does the opportunity to attempt a feat none before him have even had the chance to attempt. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2022 During her run with NWA, Rosa felt the itch to start running shows and, along with her husband, birthed Mission Pro Wrestling, a women’s promotion run out of Buda that holds cards across Texas. Nick Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Mar. 2022 To them, this was the stuff your dad subjected you to at New Year’s, to scratch some once-a-year ancestral itch. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 These are big shoes to fill, but there are a few other series that might scratch a familiar itch. cleveland, 13 Apr. 2022 And the South Texas beans are bound to scratch the itch those nachos left. Emma Balter, Chron, 4 Apr. 2022 Kozinski was enjoying retirement, but could not really scratch the itch of high school basketball in South Carolina. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Mar. 2022 Kate and Anthony may not have the burning carnal connection of Daphne and Simon in season one, but their story scratches a different, almost equally satisfying itch. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Itch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/itch. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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, Diary of a 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 itch (audio) \ noun
itchy \ -​ē How to pronounce itch (audio) \ adjective

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