Origin of itch
OTHER WORDS FROM itchanti-itch, adjective
Words nearby itch
ITCH VS. SCRATCH
What’s the difference between itch and scratch?
An itch is a feeling of irritation on the skin, often one that makes you want to scratch it (scrape it or rub it). The word itch can also be used as a verb meaning to have this sensation (as in My leg itches) or to cause to itch (as in The tag on my shirt keeps itching me).
Itch also has some more figurative meanings as both a noun and a verb.
The reason you looked this up, though, is because itch is sometimes informally used to mean the same thing as scratch, as in Try not to itch your mosquito bites—it will only make them itchier! Language purists are often itching to clarify that you scratch an itch, but this verb use of itch is quite common.
As a noun, the word scratch means something different—a cut or scrape, typically a minor one caused by something having scratched the skin, as in I got a few scratches from the thornbush.
Here’s an example of itch and scratch used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: I know your rash itches, but don’t scratch your itch so hard—you’ll leave a scratch on your arm!
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between itch and scratch.
Quiz yourself on itch vs. scratch!
Should itch or scratch be used in the following sentence?
This new lotion makes me _____—I hope I’m not allergic to it.
How to use itch in a sentence
If you’re the type of person who posts aggressive fitness memes about “just getting in there and doing it,” this likely won’t scratch the itch.NordicTrack’s connected workout bike puts the focus on competing against yourself|Stan Horaczek|October 15, 2020|Popular-Science
Our evp of engineering —who has been in the company for many years — just got an itch to redo his webcam setup, and he wanted to get a mirrorless camera.‘You’re never putting this remote genie back in the bottle’: How GitLab’s head of remote Darren Murph spends his day|Lucinda Southern|October 5, 2020|Digiday
In my experience, while it doesn’t make the bites or itching go away entirely, it does offer instant itch relief that lasts for about six to twelve hours.
When I’m out, get bit, and my bites begin to bother me again, I simply re-suction them and the itch disappears once more.
You get to scratch the itch, but you don’t have to deal with the things that you felt uncomfortable with either at the beginning or the end of these interactions.
“You try to always scratch where the itch is,” Huckabee said about his campaigning and rhetoric in the 2008 primary.
That seems to be the modus operandi as The League moves closer to the seven-year itch.The MVPs of Sleaze Are Back: FXX's 'The League' Ups the Degenerate Ante|Emily Shire|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An artist creates art to plug a hole in the universe, to scratch some aesthetic itch.
Like most societies with a competitive itch, Brazilians love prizes.Granta’s Brazil Issue Tells the Country’s New Story|Mac Margolis|November 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Inside the itch, extreme weather—both flooding and drought—seem to be intensifying.
The itch-mite (Acarus scabiei) and the louse (Pediculus capitis, corporis, vel pubis) are the more common members of the group.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Johnny the Itch pulled nervously at the wide-brimmed fedora jerked down on his bony skull.
Johnny the Itch fingered away sweat that rolled down from under his fedora and nodded obediently.
It made the skin jerk and pull as if he were trying to get rid of an itch without using his hand.
They scoured every main artery and side road and cart track for miles in every direction, he and Johnny the Itch.