- to feel or cause an irritating sensation on the skin that makes one want to scratch the affected part
- to have a restless desire or hankering
Origin of itchMiddle English yicchen, icchen from Old English giccan, akin to German jucken
- to make itch
- to irritate or annoy
- Informal scratch
- an irritating sensation on the skin that makes one want to scratch the affected part
- a restless desire; hankering: an itch to travel
- An irritating skin sensation causing a desire to scratch.
- Any of various skin disorders, such as scabies, marked by intense irritation and itching.
- A restless desire or craving for something: an itch to travel.
verbitched, itch·ing, itch·es
- a. To feel, have, or produce an itch.b. To have a desire to scratch.
- To have a persistent, restless craving.
- To cause to itch.
- To scratch (an itch).
Origin of itchMiddle English yicche from Old English gicce from giccan to itch
(third-person singular simple present itches, present participle itching, simple past and past participle itched)
- (intransitive) To feel itchy; to feel a need to be scratched.
- (intransitive) To want or desire.
- He started learning to drive and he has been itching for opportunities to practice ever since.
- To cause to feel an itch.
- (colloquial) To scratch or rub so as to relieve an itch.
The noun is from Middle English icche, ȝicche, from Old English ġiċċe, ġyċċe (“an itch”), from Proto-Germanic *jukjǭ (“an itch”), of unknown origin. Cognate with Scots yeuk (“an itch, itchiness”), Dutch jeuk (“an itch”).
The verb is from Middle English icchen, ȝicchen, from Old English ġiċċan, ġyċċan (“to itch”), from Proto-Germanic *jukjaną (“to itch”), of unknown origin. Cognate with Scots yeuk (“to itch”), West Frisian jûkje (“to itch”), Dutch jeuken (“to itch”), Low German jocken (“to itch”), German jucken (“to itch”).