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itch

verb \ ˈich \

Definition of itch

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

Examples of itch in a Sentence

  1. His eyes began to burn and itch because of his allergies.

  2. This sweater makes me itch.

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Origin and Etymology of itch

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


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itch

noun

Definition of itch

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

play \ˈi-chē-nəs\ noun

itchy

play \ˈi-chē\ adjective

Examples of itch in a Sentence

  1. I had a slight itch on my back.

  2. Scratching only makes the itch worse.

  3. She's always had an itch for adventure.

  4. He has an itch to travel.

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First Known Use of itch

before 12th century

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ITCH Defined for English Language Learners

itch

verb

Definition of itch for English Language Learners

  • : to have or produce an unpleasant feeling on your skin or inside your mouth, nose, etc. that makes you want to scratch

  • : to have a strong desire to do something or for something


itch

noun

Definition of itch for English Language Learners

  • : an uncomfortable or unpleasant feeling on your skin or inside your mouth, nose, etc., that makes you want to scratch

  • : a constant and strong desire for something or to do something


ITCH Defined for Kids

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itch

verb \ ˈich \

Definition of itch for Students

itched; itching
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

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itch

noun

Definition of itch for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

itch

noun \ ˈich \

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

itch

verb

itchiness

play \ˈich-ē-nəs\ noun

itchy

play \\ adjective


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