Definition of itch in English:

itch

noun

usually in singular
  • 1An uncomfortable sensation on the skin that causes a desire to scratch.

    • ‘But shortly after Ben began eating his lunch, his child-care provider noticed he seemed to be trying to scratch an itch in his mouth.’
    • ‘Without them, we'd have a hard time scratching an itch or untying a knot.’
    • ‘I had full sensation - an absolute torment when you can't scratch an itch or move a cramped limb.’
    • ‘He was like a man scratching an itch on the stump of a phantom limb.’
    • ‘He scratched an itch while walking into the kitchen.’
    • ‘Wash rubbed a finger of his right hand on his left cheek, then scratched an itch on his right hip, near the.38's holster.’
    • ‘After scratching an itch on his chest and rubbing his eyes he stumbled out of bed and straight into the nightstand.’
    • ‘Hayley blushed, smiling softly and looked away, scratching an itch on her shoulder.’
    • ‘This means you want your finger nails to be so short that you couldn't scratch an itch with them.’
    • ‘Once you regain feeling in your hand and wrist, you will feel a slight itch and bump.’
    • ‘He felt an itch in his back, aware that at any moment he could be dead.’
    • ‘Just watching Owens go through his little celebrations makes my skin itch.’
    • ‘Most home treatment is aimed at relieving the annoying itch of chickenpox and the accompanying fever and discomfort.’
    • ‘The itch was relieved and I was able to continue with my activities.’
    • ‘Julliard scratched behind his ear, fidgeting more than relieving an itch.’
    • ‘He felt his wounds seal up, only leaving a slight itch.’
    • ‘I hate it when I have an itch I need someone else to scratch.’
    • ‘Lucas just followed me like an annoying itch that didn't go away.’
    • ‘By the next morning it'd cleared up enough to just leave me with an annoying itch in my throat.’
    tingling, irritation, itchiness, stinging, prickling, tickling
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    1. 1.1mass noun, usually with modifier A skin disease or condition of which itching is a symptom.
      • ‘Neuropathic itch occurs with any disease along the afferent neuronal pathway.’
      • ‘Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include sneezing, nasal itch, rhinorrhea, nasal obstruction, postnasal drip, and sometimes pain.’
      • ‘Elimination of swimmer's itch means controlling the snails.’
      • ‘I have sunburn itch - I clearly have the greater need.’
      • ‘Swimmers' itch, also called cercarial dermatitis, is an itchy rash caused by certain parasites that normally live on waterfowl and freshwater snails.’
      • ‘Dry skin, or winter itch, occurs when the top layer of your skin loses moisture.’
      • ‘Babies with nappy rash itch, cry a lot and are generally miserable.’
      • ‘Have you encountered a large number of horses with dermatitis/sweet itch?’
      • ‘Barber's itch, for example, is a bacterial infection that's aggravated by shaving.’
      • ‘Rhinitis is defined as two or more of the following symptoms: nasal blockage, sneezing, rhinorrhoea, and nasal itch.’
      • ‘He's not eating properly and vomits bile, he has a constant body itch and is very short-tempered.’
      • ‘Avoid swimming in areas where swimmer's itch is a known problem.’
      • ‘Swimmer's itch is caused by a free-swimming parasite that burrows into and irritates the skin of humans.’
      • ‘Last year, we both came down with the pine itch and she missed everything.’
    2. 1.2informal A restless or strong desire to do something.
      ‘an itch to write fiction’
      • ‘Brig had a strong itch to be the first to teach her.’
      • ‘Seriously… I still have the itch to write a gossip/society column.’
      • ‘Personal relations have become restless, fretful, often disturbed by an itch for change and variety.’
      • ‘The collecting itch urged Smith further and further afield, helped along by Houston's oppressive summer weather.’
      • ‘As for me, just thinking of all this has given my feet a wandering itch…’
      • ‘I had the sudden urge, a sudden itch, to pull the journal from my pack and read in the safety of my bath.’
      • ‘I had a burning itch that I should tell him about Aiden but the words couldn't come out.’
      • ‘Often, late into a session, I'd get that uncontrollable opiate itch.’
      • ‘How do you satisfy the gardening itch in the middle of winter?’
      • ‘This bill scratches a political itch - a desire to be seen to be publicly upholding someone's cultural values.’
      • ‘For anyone on the lookout for a holiday-themed motion picture, this probably isn't going to scratch the itch.’
      • ‘Flashman's itch to survive and to save his skin at all costs makes him a resolute and desperate character.’
      • ‘We alone can be wracked with doubt, and we alone have been provoked by that epistemic itch to seek a remedy: better truth-seeking methods.’
      longing, yearning, pining, craving, ache, burning, hunger, thirst, urge, lust, hankering, need, eagerness, zeal, covetousness
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    3. 1.3the itchinformal Scabies.

verb

[with object]
  • 1Be the site of or cause an itch.

    ‘the bite itched like crazy’
    • ‘They itch just like mosquito bites but without the big slow mosquito to squish.’
    • ‘The bite itched like the world, but I resisted the urge to scratch it.’
    • ‘Her head was itching like crazy and her hair felt lank and greasy.’
    • ‘Doctors can find nothing wrong with the ear, but it itches like crazy.’
    • ‘They itched like crazy if you didn't cut them off.’
    • ‘After a short time it begins to tickle, then to itch, and finally even make the neck a bit sore!’
    • ‘Mosquitos began to bite her skin and the bites itched terribly, though she dared not scratch them for fear of betraying her presence.’
    • ‘The wheals can itch, and they look like mosquito bites.’
    • ‘A minor bite causes a bump that may itch for a few hours, then disappears over several days.’
    • ‘Her healing stomach itched and prickled with a stinging burn.’
    • ‘My scalp itches and flakes and I shed big hunks of white skin.’
    • ‘Here I am tied up, beaten, my nose itches terribly.’
    • ‘The white infection is starting to fade away and the scabs are beginning to itch terribly.’
    • ‘When I got home my face started swelling and itching terribly.’
    • ‘Two bites on my arm have come up and they itch like hell.’
    • ‘You come to work and at the end of your shift your skin itches.’
    • ‘Kevin couldn't stand it, his skin itched and his mind raced.’
    • ‘After completing your insulation, you may find that your skin itches from fiberglass irritation.’
    • ‘"Her bottom's been itching all this week, especially at night.’
    • ‘I suffer badly from allergies, and my eyes itch constantly.’
    tingle, be irritated, be itchy, sting, prickle, tickle
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    1. 1.1(of a person) experience an itch.
      ‘I itched all over’
      • ‘Drinking more tea afterwards I realised I was itching all over, that's what happens when you crawl around in fibre glass insulated lofts.’
      • ‘Suddenly I became aware of the fact I was itching all over.’
      • ‘My teacher explained what it was all about and then left the room so I could show the doctor examples of where I'm itching.’
      • ‘When I started to itch from the bark I climbed down and set off towards the house.’
    2. 1.2informal Feel a restless or strong desire to do something.
      with infinitive ‘Paul was itching to get outside’
      • ‘But Royer was a bit restless and was itching to ratchet things up a notch.’
      • ‘It was as if it was beckoning me outside and I itched to join it.’
      • ‘It has strong European flavours and is itching to be taken seriously.’
      • ‘His fingers itched to touch her in places he shouldn't even begin to think of.’
      • ‘His fingers itched to touch it and he fought the urge by curling his hands into fists.’
      • ‘Her own fingers were itching to touch his whiskered jaw, her lips craved the taste of his.’
      • ‘Ben was positively itching to get his fingers on the keyboard, but Lia wisely didn't let him.’
      • ‘She banged loudly on the front door, her hand itching to slap something.’
      • ‘He was itching for a fight and she seemed ready to give him one.’
      • ‘The dog who stands straight and doesn't circle is itching for a fight.’
      • ‘Besides, I was itching to get out and test the stallion's motion.’
      • ‘She'd taken several gardening classes, and she was itching to get started.’
      • ‘Her hands had itched to run across his wide shoulders, down his chest.’
      • ‘He still itched to grab one of her daggers and turn the tables on her.’
      • ‘Williams is now itching for a chance of first team football with Palace.’
      • ‘Britain is being forced to choose between America and Europe, and Blair is positively itching to take the test.’
      • ‘He had his annoying smirk back in place and she itched to slap him.’
      • ‘She was constantly itching for a new place, a new territory.’
      • ‘Are you itching to try out some new moves but not sure where to start?’
      • ‘Do you want to stay in the genre or are you itching to try something different?’
      long, yearn, pine, ache, burn, hanker after, hanker for, hunger, thirst, lust, pant, hope, be eager, be desperate, be consumed with desire, be unable to wait, would give one's eye teeth, wish, have a fancy
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Origin

Old English gycce (noun), gyccan (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch jeuk (noun) and Dutch jeuken, German jucken (verb).

Pronunciation

itch

/ɪtʃ/