- any of various skin disorders accompanied by severe irritation of the skin, as scabies
Other Word Forms of Itch
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Itch
- the itch
Origin of 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”).
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”).
Middle English yicche from Old English gicce from giccan to itch
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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