I. verb Etymology: Middle English icchen, from Old English giccan; akin to Old High German jucchen to itch Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to have an itch <
her arm itched
b. to produce an itchy sensation <
long underwear that itches
2. to have a restless desire or hankering for something <
were itching to go outside
transitive verb 1. to cause to itch 2. vex, irritate II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. an uneasy irritating sensation in the upper surface of the skin usually held to result from mild stimulation of pain receptors b. a skin disorder accompanied by such a sensation; especially a contagious eruption caused by a mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) that burrows in the skin and causes intense itching 2. a. a restless usually constant often compulsive desire <
an itch to travel
b. lust, prurienceitchiness nounitchy adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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