[ ich-ing ]
/ ˈɪtʃ ɪŋ /


of, relating to, or characterized by an irritating sensation of the skin.
of, relating to, or having a longing or desire to do or have something: An itching public anxiously awaits her announcement.
characterized by restlessness or the desire for adventure or activity: an itching impulse to travel.
characterized by the desire to grasp; grasping; an itching palm open for a bribe.


Origin of itching

before 1000; Middle English (y)ichinge, (y)itchinge (noun, adj.); replacing Old English giccende (adj.). See itch, -ing2, -ing1

Related forms

itch·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for itching (2 of 2)


[ ich ]
/ ɪtʃ /

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 forms

an·ti-itch, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for itching


/ (ɪtʃ) /



Derived Forms

itchy, adjectiveitchiness, noun

Word Origin for itch

Old English gīccean to itch, of Germanic origin
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Medicine definitions for itching


[ ĭch ]


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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