noun[usually in singular]
- 1An uncomfortable sensation on the skin that causes a desire to scratch.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [mass noun, usually with modifier] A skin disease or condition of which itching is a symptom.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 • informal A restless or strong desire to do something: an itch to write fictionMore example sentences
- 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.
verb[no object] Back to top
- 1Be the site of or cause an itch: the bite itched like crazyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a person) experience an itch: I itched all overMore example sentences
- 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 outsideMore example sentences
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
- 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.
Old English gycce (noun), gyccan (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch jeuk (noun) and Dutch jeuken, German jucken (verb).