[ich-ing] /ˈɪtʃ ɪŋ/
of, relating to, or characterized by an irritating sensation of the skin.
of, relating to, or having a longing or desire to do or have something:
An itching public anxiously awaits her announcement.
characterized by restlessness or the desire for adventure or activity:
an itching impulse to travel.
characterized by the desire to grasp; grasping; an itching palm open for a bribe.
verb (used without object)
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.
to cause such a feeling:
This shirt itches.
Informal. to scratch a part that itches.
to have a desire to do or get something:
to itch after fame.
verb (used with object)
to cause to have an itch:
His wool shirt always itches him.
Informal. to scratch (a part that itches):
to itch a mosquito bite.
to annoy; vex; irritate:
Her remarks itched me.
the sensation of itching.
an uneasy or restless desire or longing:
an itch for excitement.
a contagious disease caused by the , which burrows into the skin (usually preceded by the).
an irritation or tickling sensation of the skin causing a desire to scratch
a restless desire
any skin disorder, such as scabies, characterized by intense itching
(intransitive) to feel or produce an irritating or tickling sensation
(intransitive) to have a restless desire (to do something)
(not standard) to scratch (the skin)
itching palm, a grasping nature; avarice
have itchy feet, to be restless; have a desire to travel
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.
Old English giccan “to itch,” from West Germanic *jukkjan (cf. Middle Dutch jöken “to itch,” Old High German jucchen, German jucken). Related: Itched; itching.
v. itched, itch·ing, itch·es
To feel, have, or produce an itch.
noun 1. a parasitic mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, causing itch or scabies in humans and a form of mange in animals. noun 1. any mite of the family Sarcoptidae, all of which are skin parasites, esp Sarcoptes scabei, which causes scabies itch mite n. A parasitic mite that burrows into the skin and causes scabies.
[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 ]