Itching



[ich-ing] /ˈɪtʃ ɪŋ/

adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by an irritating sensation of the skin.
2.
of, relating 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.
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[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 , which burrows into the skin (usually preceded by the).
/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
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.

itch (ĭch)
n.

v. itched, itch·ing, itch·es
To feel, have, or produce an itch.

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  • Itchy

    [ich-ee] /ˈɪtʃ i/ adjective, itchier, itchiest. 1. having or causing an sensation. 2. characterized by . adj. Old English giccig; see itch + -y (2). Figurative itchy palm is attested by 1590s. Related: Itchiness. itchy itch·y (ĭch’ē) adj. itch·i·er, itch·i·est Having or causing an itching sensation. adjective Eager; restless; antsy (1940s+)



  • Itchy feet

    noun phrase The desire to travel: been six months, getting itchy feet (1943+)

  • Itchy palm

    Also, itching palm. A desire for money, greed; also, wanting a bribe. For example, The porter has an itchy palm; he wants a big tip, or The mayor was known for his itchy palm. This expression alludes to placing money in the palm of the hand. [ Late 1500s ]



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