WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
itch /ɪtʃ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. Physiology to have or feel a tingling irritation of the skin that causes a desire to scratch the part affected:[no object]My skin itches.
  2. to cause such a feeling: [no object]This shirt itches.[+ object]This shirt itches me.
  3. [Informal.]to scratch a part that itches: [+ object]Even though the poison ivy is driving you mad, don't itch it![no object]Don't itch; just try to think of something else.
  4. to have a desire to do or get something: [no object]to itch after fame.[+ to + verb]He was itching to get back to his home town.

n. [countable]
  1. the sensation of itching:a bad itch.
  2. a restless desire or longing:an itch for excitement.
itch•y, adj.,  -i•er, -i•est. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
itch  (ich),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. Physiologyto have or feel a peculiar tingling or uneasy irritation of the skin that causes a desire to scratch the part affected:My nose itches.
  2. to cause such a feeling:This shirt itches.
  3. [Informal.]to scratch a part that itches.
  4. to have a desire to do or get something:to itch after fame.

v.t. 
  1. to cause to have an itch:His wool shirt always itches him.
  2. [Informal.]to scratch (a part that itches):to itch a mosquito bite.
  3. to annoy;
    vex;
    irritate:Her remarks itched me.

n. 
  1. the sensation of itching.
  2. an uneasy or restless desire or longing:an itch for excitement.
  3. Pathologya contagious disease caused by the itch mite, which burrows into the skin (usually prec. by the). Cf. mange, scabies.
  • bef. 900; (verb, verbal) Middle English (y)icchen, Old English gicc(e)an; akin to German jucken, Dutch jeuken; (noun, nominal) Middle English (y)icche, Old English gicce, derivative of the verb, verbal


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

itch /ɪtʃ/ n
  1. an irritation or tickling sensation of the skin causing a desire to scratch
  2. a restless desire
  3. any skin disorder, such as scabies, characterized by intense itching
vb
  1. (intransitive) to feel or produce an irritating or tickling sensation
  2. (intransitive) to have a restless desire (to do something)
  3. not standard to scratch (the skin)
  4. itching palma grasping nature; avarice
  5. have itchy feetto be restless; have a desire to travel
Etymology: Old English gīccean to itch, of Germanic origin

ˈitchy adj ˈitchiness n



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