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Definition of itch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    itch

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪtʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they itch
    BrE BrE//ɪtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪtʃ//
     
    he / she / it itches
    BrE BrE//ˈɪtʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪtʃɪz//
     
    past simple itched
    BrE BrE//ɪtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪtʃt//
     
    past participle itched
    BrE BrE//ɪtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪtʃt//
     
    -ing form itching
    BrE BrE//ˈɪtʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪtʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to have an uncomfortable feeling on your skin that makes you want to scratch; to make your skin feel like this I itch all over. Does the rash itch? This sweater really itches. Synonymshurtache burn sting tingle itch throbThese are all words that can be used when part of your body feels painful.hurt (of part of your body) to feel painful; (of an action) to cause pain:My feet hurt. Ouch! That hurt!ache to feel a continuous dull pain:I’m aching all over.burn (of part of your body) to feel very hot and painful:Our eyes were burning from the chemicals in the air.sting to make somebody feel a sharp burning pain or uncomfortable feeling in part of their body; (of part of your body) to feel this pain:My eyes were stinging from the smoke.tingle (of part of your body) to feel as if a lot of small sharp points are pushing into the skin there:The cold air made her face tingle.itch to have an uncomfortable feeling on your skin that makes you want to scratch; to make your skin feel like this:I itch all over. Does the rash itch?throb (of part of your body) to feel pain as a series of regular beats:His head throbbed painfully.Patterns your eyes hurt/​ache/​burn/​sting/​itch your skin hurts/​burns/​stings/​tingles/​itches your flesh hurts/​burns/​stings/​tingles your head hurts/​aches/​throbs your stomach hurts/​aches to really hurt/​ache/​burn/​sting/​tingle/​itch/​throb to hurt/​ache/​sting/​itch badly/​a lot It hurts/​stings/​tingles/​itches.
  2. 2[intransitive] (informal) (often used in the progressive tenses) to want to do something very much itch for something The crowd was itching for a fight. itch to do something He's itching to get back to work.
  3. Word Origin Old English gycce (noun), gyccan (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch jeuk (noun) and Dutch jeuken, German jucken (verb).Extra examples He was itching for a chance to show how good he was. Her fingers positively itched with the desire to slap his face. My arms were covered with a rash that itched terribly. The heat made me itch all over.
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