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[ich-ee] /ˈɪtʃ i/
adjective, itchier, itchiest.
having or causing an itching sensation.
characterized by itching.
Origin of itchy
1520-30; itch, + -y1; compare Old English giccig (rare) purulent, putrid
Related forms
itchiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for itchy
  • But there's something authentic about that itchy impatience, the fits and starts of an investigation.
  • She felt uncomfortable and itchy: she never could stand that cheap scent.
  • She simply felt itchy, on the area of her scalp that was left numb from the shingles.
  • Plus, my back was to a room that contained a dozen other shooters with loaded guns and itchy trigger fingers.
  • The mojo of open journalism, plus that itchy beta thing.
  • Right now she's on prednisone for itchy skin, which is not helping the hyper much.
  • Measles causes symptoms including an extremely itchy rash, high fever, runny nose and red eyes.
  • While their bites can be itchy, bed bugs are more of a nuisance than a health threat at this point.
  • He told me they made him nervous and feel weird and itchy.
  • If you have a dry, itchy scalp that needs calming, this is it.
Word Origin and History for itchy

Old English giccig; see itch + -y (2). Figurative itchy palm is attested by 1590s. Related: Itchiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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itchy in Medicine

itchy itch·y (ĭch'ē)
adj. itch·i·er, itch·i·est
Having or causing an itching sensation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for itchy



Eager; restless; antsy (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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