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[ich-ee] /ˈɪtʃ i/
adjective, itchier, itchiest.
having or causing an itching sensation.
characterized by itching.
Origin of itchy
1520-30; itch, + -y1; compare Old English giccig (rare) purulent, putrid
Related forms
itchiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She put a finger in each ear and scratched at the itchy buzzing.


    Cory Doctorow
  • He brushes the fly off, and then he scratches the itchy place with his nose.

  • When Patrolman Willis reached out his hand, the skipper revolved his head under it until the itchy place was scratched.

    A Matter of Importance William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Do not turn a healthy flock on to pasture, from which itchy sheep have recently been driven.

    A Treatise on Sheep: Ambrose Blacklock
  • Scratching produces a flow of blood to the surface that adds to the itchy feeling.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • “And no playful whacks at any of the bushes,” he added, glancing at Chips who was known to have an itchy hand with a belt axe.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
  • Many of them became afflicted with an itchy, festering skin disease, though otherwise healthy and fat.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
Word Origin and History for itchy

Old English giccig; see itch + -y (2). Figurative itchy palm is attested by 1590s. Related: Itchiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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itchy in Medicine

itchy itch·y (ĭch'ē)
adj. itch·i·er, itch·i·est
Having or causing an itching sensation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for itchy



Eager; restless; antsy (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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