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 After the camp, the athletes board planes, itching for the next camp, ready to get back out there. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "These Surfboards Help Injured Athletes Reclaim What They Love," 25 Dec. 2019 Although the Green leadership is itching for office, its voter base, especially in Vienna, is wary of teaming up with Mr Kurz. The Economist, "The centre holds in Austria, as Sebastian Kurz wins," 29 Sep. 2019 This alienates some of his own men, who are hungry for revenge after seeing so many comrades fall, and itching for an internal coup. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: iZombie sets up strong fifth season, then whiffs the series finale," 5 Aug. 2019 Four of Democratic senators are itching to get back to Iowa before Monday night’s caucuses. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "African American studies course close to green light, Biden leads in Texas polling, senators lob impeachment questions," 30 Jan. 2020 But Democrats are itching to demonstrate on Tuesday that Texas is a competitive state that will be up for grabs in 2020. NBC News, "The first vote of 2020 ends Tuesday, in Texas," 28 Jan. 2020 The president was itching to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Jacob Heilbrunn, The New Republic, "The Neocons Strike Back," 23 Jan. 2020 And with the mantra new year, new hair floating around, your scissor finger might be itching like crazy. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "5 Things To Consider Before You Do A Big Chop For 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 Livers, meanwhile, is itching to return to the court. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball's Isaiah Livers and his 'frustrating' recovery: Next up, practice," 21 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The current antivenoms available to us, produced in horses not humans, trigger relatively high rates of adverse reactions, which can be mild, like rash and itch, or more serious, like anaphylaxis. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Snake venom can now be made in a lab and that could save many lives," 29 Jan. 2020 Meals that seem to reach back in time to scratch a nagging, primordial itch. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The best thing our restaurant critic ate this summer," 14 Sep. 2019 While the pests can bite humans, causing itch and irritation, they are not known to transmit or spread disease, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "‘Bed Bug City?’ These are the worst spots for bedbugs, pest control company reports," 14 Jan. 2020 Find yourself in the middle of the Galapagos Islands aboard one of Ecoventura’s 20-passenger, luxury mega-yachts that offer itineraries filled with activities and experiences that are sure to satisfy that wander itch. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Where To Travel In 2020 Based On Your Zodiac Sign," 11 Jan. 2020 To scratch esports players' itch for blazing-fast performance, Nvidia revealed G-Sync Esports Displays on Sunday at CES in Las Vegas. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's face-melting G-Sync Esports Displays hit a blistering 360Hz," 6 Jan. 2020 An itch their beaks couldn't scratch Researchers observed two puffins -- one in Wales, one on an Icelandic island (where researchers planted a camera) -- using a stick to itch themselves. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Two puffins scratched their itches with sticks -- the first evidence that seabirds can use tools," 31 Dec. 2019 The outside is acrylic yarn with a soft polyester fleece lining that doesn’t itch. Deborah Hornblow, courant.com, "Over the top: The art of stuffing a Christmas stocking," 15 Nov. 2019 An old gunslinger never loses that itch to pull the trigger. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Does old gunslinger like Broncos QB Joe Flacco have any shot in shootout with Patrick Mahomes?," 16 Oct. 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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The first known use of itch was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Itch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/itch. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for itch

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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