itch

An itch is an unpleasant tingly sensation that makes you want to scratch. If you're allergic to poison ivy and you go hiking through a field of it, you'll have a terrible itch all over your legs.

Sometimes people confuse itch and scratch. An itch is the sensation that causes you to scratch, and when itch is a verb, it either means "to feel or sense an itch," or "to have a strong, restless urge," as when you itch to try out your uncle's motorcycle. Somehow, the word itch arose from its Old English root gicce, or gycce, "an itch."

Definitions of itch
  1. noun
    an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch
    synonyms: itchiness, itching
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    types:
    pruritus
    an intense itching sensation that can have various causes (as by allergies or infection or lymphoma or jaundice etc.)
    pruritus ani
    chronic itching of the skin around the anus
    pruritus vulvae
    persistent itching of the external female genitalia
    type of:
    cutaneous sensation, haptic sensation, skin sensation
    a sensation localized on the skin
  2. noun
    a contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite; characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation
    “he has a bad case of the itch
    synonyms: scabies
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    type of:
    infection
    the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
  3. noun
    a strong restless desire
    synonyms: urge
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    type of:
    desire
    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
  4. verb
    scrape or rub as if to relieve itching
    synonyms: rub, scratch
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    type of:
    irritate
    excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame
  5. verb
    have or perceive an itch
    “I'm itching--the air is so dry!”
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    types:
    tickle, titillate, vellicate
    touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements
    prickle, tingle
    cause a stinging or tingling sensation
    type of:
    ache, hurt, smart
    be the source of pain
  6. verb
    cause to perceive an itch
    “his skin itched
  7. verb
    have a strong desire or urge to do something
    “She is itching to start the project”
    synonyms: spoil
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    type of:
    desire, want
    feel or have a desire for; want strongly
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