Definition of itch in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪtʃ


[usually in singular]


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  • 1Be the site of or cause an itch: the bite itched like crazy
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    • 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.
    tingle, be irritated, be itchy, sting, prickle, tickle
  • 1.1(Of a person) experience an itch: I itched all over
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    • 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.
  • 1.2 informal Feel a restless or strong desire to do something: [with infinitive]: Paul was itching to get outside
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    • 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.
    long, yearn, pine, ache, burn, hanker for/after, 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; crave, need, lust after, dream of, set one's heart on, be bent on, eat one's heart out over, covet; want, desire, fancy, set one's sights on
    informal have a yen, be dying, be gagging


an itching palm

An avaricious nature.


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

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