Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An irritating skin sensation causing a desire to scratch.
  • noun Any of various skin disorders, such as scabies, marked by intense irritation and itching.
  • noun A restless desire or craving for something.
  • intransitive verb To feel, have, or produce an itch.
  • intransitive verb To have a desire to scratch.
  • intransitive verb To have a persistent, restless craving.
  • intransitive verb To cause to itch.
  • intransitive verb To scratch (an itch).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To feel a peculiar irritation or tingling of the skin, producing an inclination to scratch the part so affected.
  • Hence To experience a provoking, teasing, or tingling desire to do or to get something.
  • noun A tingling sensation of irritation in the skin, produced by disease (see def. 2) or in any other way.
  • noun An inflammation of the human skin, caused by the presence of a minute mite, Sarcoptes scabiei (see itch-mite), presenting papules, vesicles, and pustules, and accompanied with great itching; scabies.
  • noun Hence An uneasy longing or propensity; a teasing or tingling desire: as, an itch for praise; an itch for scribbling.
  • noun See the qualifying words.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To have an uneasy sensation in the skin, which inclines the person to scratch the part affected.
  • intransitive verb To have a constant desire or teasing uneasiness; to long for.
  • noun (Med.) An eruption of small, isolated, acuminated vesicles, produced by the entrance of a parasitic mite (the Sarcoptes scabei), and attended with itching. It is transmissible by contact.
  • noun Any itching eruption.
  • noun A sensation in the skin occasioned (or resembling that occasioned) by the itch eruption; -- called also scabies, psora, etc.
  • noun A constant irritating desire.
  • noun See under Baker.
  • noun sycosis.
  • noun an eczema of the hands attended with much itching, occurring among bricklayers.
  • noun an itching eruption, being a variety of eczema, produced by the sugar mite (Tyrogluphus sacchari).
  • noun (Zoöl.) a small parasitic mite (Sarcoptes scabei) which burrows and breeds beneath the human skin, thus causing the disease known as the itch. See Illust. in Append.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Same as Itch insect, above. Also, other similar mites affecting the lower animals, as the horse and ox.
  • noun a variety of eczema, due to the action of sugar upon the skin.
  • noun eczema of the hands and arms, occurring among washerwomen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sensation felt on an area of the skin that causes a person or animal to want to scratch.
  • noun A desire or want.
  • verb intransitive To feel itchy; to feel a need to be scratched.
  • verb intransitive To want or desire.
  • verb transitive To cause to feel an itch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb have or perceive an itch
  • verb have a strong desire or urge to do something
  • verb cause to perceive an itch
  • noun a strong restless desire
  • noun an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch
  • verb scrape or rub as if to relieve itching
  • noun a contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite; characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English yicche, from Old English gicce, from giccan, to itch.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

The noun is from Middle English icche, ȝicche, from Old English ġiċċe, ġyċċe ("an itch"), from Proto-Germanic *jukjōn (“an itch”), of unknown origin. Cognate with Scots yeuk ("an itch, itchiness"), Dutch jeuk ("an itch").

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