An itch is a feeling of slight physical discomfort somewhere on the body. It’s a sensation similar to–but somewhat less than–pain. The natural response is to rub, scratch, or poke at the area that itches.

  • If you have an itch, you scratch it.
  • I have an itch on my back. I need to scratch it.
  • My back itches.
  • A mosquito bite will make you itch.
  • This sweater is making me itch.
  • The man complained to the doctor that he’s experiencing itching on his hands and feet.

The word "itchy" is an adjective:

  • If your scalp is itchy, it might be dry.
  • People with itchy skin can use a lotion or ointment to relieve the discomfort.
  • I felt all itchy after walking though the woods.
  • The little girl says she’s itchy because of her rash.

Sometimes the word "itch" is used when a person wants to do something or is inclined to act:

  • Regina is itching to get married. (She wants to get married.)
  • William is feeling an itch to invest in real estate. (He wants to invest in real estate.)
  • The man with the gun has an itchy trigger finger. (This means he’s quick to fire a gun.)

itchingSomething is making his skin itch.

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Date of publication: December 15, 2016