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itching

[ich-ing] /ˈɪtʃ ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characterized by an irritating sensation of the skin.
2.
of, pertaining to, or having a longing or desire to do or have something:
An itching public anxiously awaits her announcement.
3.
characterized by restlessness or the desire for adventure or activity:
an itching impulse to travel.
4.
characterized by the desire to grasp; grasping; an itching palm open for a bribe.
noun
5.
itch.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English (y)ichinge, (y)itchinge (noun, adj.); replacing Old English giccende (adj.). See itch, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
itchingly, adverb

itch

[ich] /ɪtʃ/
verb (used without object)
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.
Informal. to scratch a part that itches.
4.
to have a desire to do or get something:
to itch after fame.
verb (used with object)
5.
to cause to have an itch:
His wool shirt always itches him.
6.
Informal. to scratch (a part that itches):
to itch a mosquito bite.
7.
to annoy; vex; irritate:
Her remarks itched me.
noun
8.
the sensation of itching.
9.
an uneasy or restless desire or longing:
an itch for excitement.
10.
a contagious disease caused by the itch mite, which burrows into the skin (usually preceded by the).
Compare mange, scabies.
Origin
before 900; (v.) Middle English (y)icchen, Old English gicc(e)an; akin to German jucken, Dutch jeuken; (noun) Middle English (y)icche, Old English gicce, derivative of the v.
Related forms
anti-itch, adjective
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Examples from the web for itching
  • We shook uncertain over our toil, our sodden clothes scalding and itching the skin with every movement of the swinging hammers.
  • And when they did, all that aching and sweating and itching was forgotten.
  • Gentle stimulation of pressure receptors can result in ticklishness, gentle stimulation of pain receptors in itching.
  • The gunmetal-gray launches are revving their engines impatiently, itching to begin their nightly chase after smugglers.
  • But about three years later, she was itching to work again.
  • And the new group is itching to publish your university's deepest secrets.
  • There's espousing a non-standard view from different life experiences and then there's putting itching powder down shirts.
  • Homes were affordable again, and families who had spent two years shedding debt were itching to buy something big.
  • Additionally, nerve endings are stimulated, leading to the sensation of itching.
  • So scratching seems to relieve the unpleasant feelings that accompany, well, itching.
British Dictionary definitions for itching

itch

/ɪtʃ/
noun
1.
an irritation or tickling sensation of the skin causing a desire to scratch
2.
a restless desire
3.
any skin disorder, such as scabies, characterized by intense itching
verb
4.
(intransitive) to feel or produce an irritating or tickling sensation
5.
(intransitive) to have a restless desire (to do something)
6.
(not standard) to scratch (the skin)
7.
itching palm, a grasping nature; avarice
8.
have itchy feet, to be restless; have a desire to travel
Derived Forms
itchy, adjective
itchiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English gīccean to itch, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for itching

itch

n.

Old English gicce, from giccan (v.) "to itch" (see itch (v.)). Sense of "restless desire" is first attested 1530s; itching in this sense is from mid-14c.

v.

Old English giccan "to itch," from West Germanic *jukkjan (cf. Middle Dutch jöken "to itch," Old High German jucchen, German jucken). Related: Itched; itching.

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itching in Medicine

itch (ĭch)
n.

  1. An irritating skin sensation causing a desire to scratch.

  2. Any of various skin disorders, such as scabies, marked by intense irritation and itching.

v. itched, itch·ing, itch·es
To feel, have, or produce an itch.
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Slang definitions & phrases for itching

itch

Related Terms

scratch


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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