Meaning of “itch” in the English Dictionary

"itch" in British English

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itchverb [ I ]

uk /ɪtʃ/ us /ɪtʃ/

B2 to have or cause an uncomfortable feeling on the skin that makes you want to rub it with your nails:

I can't wear wool - it makes me itch.

More examples

  • What's that big red lump on your arm? Does it itch?
  • Try not to scratch those spots, no matter how much they itch, or you'll make them bleed.
  • There's a mosquito bite on my ankle that is itching like crazy!
  • She won't wear that beautiful woollen jumper; she complains that it itches.
  • Why are you wrinkling your nose like that? Is it itching?
itching
noun [ U ] uk /ˈɪtʃ.ɪŋ/ us /ˈɪtʃ.ɪŋ/

This cream will reduce the itching.

Idiom(s)

itchnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪtʃ/ us /ɪtʃ/

an uncomfortable feeling on the skin that makes you want to rub it with your nails:

I've got an itch on the back of my neck.

More examples

  • Could you scratch my back for me? I've got an infuriating itch right in the middle there.
  • He's got sensitive skin and anything except pure cotton gives him an awful itch.
  • The itch from that rash is driving her mad - I think I'll give her an antihistamine tablet.
  • My grandmother was very strict and if you had an itch in church you were forbidden from scratching it.
  • Poor dog - I wonder what's causing that itch. Have you got a sore patch, or is it a flea?

(Definition of “itch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"itch" in American English

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itchverb [ I ]

us /ɪtʃ/

to have an uncomfortable feeling on the skin that makes you want to rub it with something hard:

My insect bites are itching.

an uncomfortable feeling on the skin that makes you want to rub it with something hard:

I have an itch on the back of my neck.
[ + to infinitive ] He has an itch (= desire) to travel.
itchy
adjective [ -er/-est only ] us /ˈɪtʃ·i/

an itchy sweater

(Definition of “itch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)