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itchy

[ich-ee] /ˈɪtʃ i/
adjective, itchier, itchiest.
1.
having or causing an itching sensation.
2.
characterized by itching.
Origin of itchy
1520-1530
1520-30; itch, + -y1; compare Old English giccig (rare) purulent, putrid
Related forms
itchiness, noun
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  • She put a finger in each ear and scratched at the itchy buzzing.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • Scratching produces a flow of blood to the surface that adds to the itchy feeling.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • When Patrolman Willis reached out his hand, the skipper revolved his head under it until the itchy place was scratched.

    A Matter of Importance William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Do not turn a healthy flock on to pasture, from which itchy sheep have recently been driven.

    A Treatise on Sheep: Ambrose Blacklock
  • Edible but itchy root, grown as ornamental and wild: Alocasia macrorrhiza.

  • “And no playful whacks at any of the bushes,” he added, glancing at Chips who was known to have an itchy hand with a belt axe.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
  • My hives had been bothering me all day, and every time we were at ease, I got in some likely scratches in itchy places.

    Conscript 2989 Irving Crump
Word Origin and History for itchy
adj.

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

itchy

adjective

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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