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itch

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Pronunciation: /ɪtʃ
 
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Definition of itch in English:

noun

[usually in singular]
1An uncomfortable sensation on the skin that causes a desire to scratch.
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.
Synonyms
1.1 [mass noun, usually with modifier] A skin disease or condition of which itching is a symptom.
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 fiction
More 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.
Synonyms

verb

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1Be the site of or cause an itch: the bite itched like crazy
More 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.
Synonyms
tingle, be irritated, be itchy, sting, prickle, tickle
1.1(Of a person) experience an itch: I itched all over
More 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 outside
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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

Origin

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

Phrases

an itching palm

1
An avaricious nature.

Words that rhyme with itch

bewitch, bitch, ditch, enrich, fitch, flitch, glitch, hitch, kitsch, Mitch, pitch, quitch, rich, snitch, stitch, switch, titch, twitch, which, witch

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