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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The pain from shingles can vary—some people mostly itch; Others can have pain from a gentle touch. Korin Miller, Health.com, "A Herpes Infection May Be Linked to the COVID Vaccine—Here's Why You Shouldn't Panic," 21 Apr. 2021 Already there are concerns over what the next few weeks and months will bring, as younger loyalists itch to make their presence felt. NBC News, "Violence in Northern Ireland sparks fears of a return to The Troubles," 21 Apr. 2021 The flap in January about how many people of color are featured on the Chemtrails Over the Country Club album art could happen only to a star whose use of classic American iconography has made people itch in the past. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "The Curious Case of Lana Del Rey," 19 Mar. 2021 Also make sure they are designed to not itch, for the same reasons. Outdoor Life, "Best Ski Socks for Warm Toes and Top Control All Winter Long," 24 Feb. 2021 Gonzales, a husband and father of six children, got the politics itch when he was dispatched to Capitol Hill from December 2016 to February 2018 as a Department of Defense legislative fellow for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, "Rep.-elect Tony Gonzales helps GOP hold Texas border district: 'My story is the American dream'," 26 Nov. 2020 These clashes over vaccine transparency could play a growing role as supplies move from hospitals to private employers — and as people itch to resume their normal lives. Washington Post, "Algorithms are deciding who gets the first vaccines. Should we trust them?," 19 Dec. 2020 With masks and social distancing, retail nurseries are open year-round and are a fairly safe way to itch that garden scratch. oregonlive, "We miss gardening as fall turns to winter; here’s how to cope: The Pecks," 19 Nov. 2020 Again, thanks to the magic that is Merino, these don't itch. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Hunting Gift Guide for Women," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is not to say that good ideas can’t be found by scratching our own itch. Gary Schoeniger, Forbes, "Five Reasons Small Businesses Fail, And How To Avoid Them," 21 Apr. 2021 The Instagram image above can probably be traced back to what first triggered my adult baby blanket itch. Marissa Rosenblum, refinery29.com, "My Phone Demon Made Me Buy An Adult Baby Blanket & It’s Heaven," 8 Apr. 2021 Maybe that’s enough to scratch a genre itch until the hourly mayhem kicks in, or maybe the talky parts will turn you into Milhouse waiting for Itchy, Scratchy, and Poochie to get to the fireworks factory. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, "‘Gangs of London’: Wham, Bam, Thank You, Man," 1 Apr. 2021 Most nonprescription dog itch relief sprays cost around $10-$20. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best dog itch relief spray," 30 Mar. 2021 Taiwan has been creatively working to fulfill travelers' itch throughout the pandemic, with Taipei's Songshan Airport launching pretend flights last summer and Eva Air offering flights to nowhere, even some for the purpose of speed dating. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "Taiwan Carefully Opens Up Its Borders — but Only to This Country," 22 Mar. 2021 Mead ties mosquitoes that look so realistic, they were used in an ad for itch cream. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "5 Ultra-Realistic Flies That Can Fool Trout (And Humans, Too)," 18 Mar. 2021 Headlines stir up curiosity and trigger an itch to listen to memorable melodies. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why a Disgraced Musician Is Dominating the Charts," 25 Feb. 2021 And naturally, the designer in me had an itch that an apartment couldn’t scratch. Alberthe K. Buabeng, House Beautiful, "How I Went From Renting to Buying a Home: First Time Homeowner Albie Buabeng Takes Us on Her Home Buying Journey," 19 Feb. 2021

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

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Last Updated

28 Apr 2021

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“Itch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/itch. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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 itch (audio) \ noun
itchy \ -​ē How to pronounce itch (audio) \ adjective

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