adjective, itch·i·er, itch·i·est.

having or causing an itching sensation.
characterized by itching.

Origin of itchy

1520–30; itch, + -y1; compare Old English giccig (rare) purulent, putrid
Related formsitch·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for itchiness

crawling, tickle, rawness, irritation, creeping, psoriasis, prickling

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Word Origin and History for itchiness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

itchiness in Medicine




Having or causing an itching sensation.
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