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adjective, itch·i·er, itch·i·est.
  1. having or causing an itching sensation.
  2. characterized by itching.
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Origin of itchy

1520–30; itch, + -y1; compare Old English giccig (rare) purulent, putrid
Related formsitch·i·ness, noun
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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.


    James J. Walsh

Word Origin and History for itchy


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

itchy in Medicine


  1. Having or causing an itching sensation.
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