verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Compare mange, scabies.

Origin of itch

before 900; (v.) Middle English (y)icchen, Old English gicc(e)an; akin to German jucken, Dutch jeuken; (noun) Middle English (y)icche, Old English gicce, derivative of the v.
Related formsan·ti-itch, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for itch



an irritation or tickling sensation of the skin causing a desire to scratch
a restless desire
any skin disorder, such as scabies, characterized by intense itching


(intr) to feel or produce an irritating or tickling sensation
(intr) to have a restless desire (to do something)
not standard to scratch (the skin)
itching palm a grasping nature; avarice
have itchy feet to be restless; have a desire to travel
Derived Formsitchy, adjectiveitchiness, noun

Word Origin for itch

Old English gīccean to itch, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for itch

Old English gicce, from giccan (v.) "to itch" (see itch (v.)). Sense of "restless desire" is first attested 1530s; itching in this sense is from mid-14c.


Old English giccan "to itch," from West Germanic *jukkjan (cf. Middle Dutch jöken "to itch," Old High German jucchen, German jucken). Related: Itched; itching.

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itch in Medicine




An irritating skin sensation causing a desire to scratch.
Any of various skin disorders, such as scabies, marked by intense irritation and itching.


To feel, have, or produce an itch.
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