itch: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ich), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to have or feel a peculiar tingling or uneasy irritation of the skin that causes a desire to scratch the part affected: My nose itches.
  2. to cause such a feeling: This shirt itches.
  3. to scratch a part that itches.
  4. to have a desire to do or get something: to itch after fame.
  1. to cause to have an itch: His wool shirt always itches him.
  2. to scratch (a part that itches): to itch a mosquito bite.
  3. to annoy; vex; irritate: Her remarks itched me.
  1. the sensation of itching.
  2. an uneasy or restless desire or longing: an itch for excitement.
  3. a contagious disease caused by the itch mite, which burrows into the skin (usually prec. by the). Cf. mange, scabies.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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