Definition of itchy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɪtʃi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪtʃi//
Describing clothes
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  • having or producing an itch on the skin an itchy nose/rash I feel itchy all over. Synonymspainfulsore raw inflamed excruciating burning itchyThese words all describe something that causes you physical pain.painful causing you physical pain. Painful can describe a part of the body, illness, injury, treatment or death:Is your knee still painful? a series of painful injections a slow and painful deathsore (of a part of the body) painful and often red, especially because of infection or because a muscle has been used too much:a sore throat Their feet were sore after hours of walking.raw (of a part of the body) red and painful, for example because of an infection or because the skin has been damaged:The skin on her feet had been rubbed raw.inflamed (of a part of the body) painful, red and hot because of an infection or injury:The wound had become inflamed.excruciating extremely painful. Excruciating can describe feelings, treatments or death but not parts of the body:an excruciating throat/​back/​knee.burning painful and giving a feeling of being very hot:She felt a burning sensation in her throat.itchy giving an uncomfortable feeling on your skin that makes you want to scratch; having this feeling:an itchy rash I feel itchy all over.Patterns sore/​inflamed/​itchy eyes raw/​inflamed/​itchy skin a painful/​an excruciating death a painful/​burning sensation excruciating/​burning pain See related entries: Describing clothes
  • Idioms (informal) to want to travel or move to a different place; to want to do something different After a few years in one place, I get itchy feet.
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