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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
the seven year itch
▪ We've been together eight years now - so we're over the seven year itch, not that I had one.
▪ My back itches.
▪ These pants itch me.
▪ And I positively itched to grab the oars and row, row, row.
▪ His body itched where the cotton touched it.
▪ I just wanted to stop itching and sleep.
▪ It was something which Morton itched to do - perhaps only because he knew it was impossible.
▪ No doubt he had observed her talking to the Shergolds and was itching for the chance to find out what she knew.
▪ Once a week or so accordion music sounds will make feet itch under a canopy of stars in the tiny village square.
▪ A tearful itch tickled my lids as spoked hangovers flashed past.
▪ But a familiar itch was making itself felt.
▪ But when you came to hunt for this particular itch, it was always the next regiment that had it.
▪ Feeling an itch under her waistband, Fourth Aunt reached down and plucked out something fat and meaty.
▪ Now the buds are blossoming and the cricketing itch is gnawing at our stomachs.
▪ She could feel a strange tugging, almost like an itch inside her head.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Itch \Itch\ ([i^]ch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Itched ([i^]cht); p. pr. & vb. n. Itching.] [OE. icchen, [yogh]icchen, AS. giccan; akin to D. jeuken, joken, G. jucken, OHG. jucchen.]

  1. To have an uneasy sensation in the skin, which inclines the person to scratch the part affected.

    My mouth hath itched all this long day.

  2. To have a constant desire or teasing uneasiness; to long for; as, itching ears. ``An itching palm.''


Itch \Itch\, n.

  1. (Med.) An eruption of small, isolated, acuminated vesicles, produced by the entrance of a parasitic mite (the Sarcoptes scabei), and attended with itching. It is transmissible by contact.

  2. Any itching eruption.

  3. A sensation in the skin occasioned (or resembling that occasioned) by the itch eruption; -- called also scabies, psora, etc.

  4. A constant irritating desire.

    An itch of being thought a divine king.

    Baker's itch. See under Baker.

    Barber's itch, sycosis.

    Bricklayer's itch, an eczema of the hands attended with much itching, occurring among bricklayers.

    Grocer's itch, an itching eruption, being a variety of eczema, produced by the sugar mite ( Tyrogluphus sacchari).

    Itch insect (Zo["o]l.), a small parasitic mite ( Sarcoptes scabei) which burrows and breeds beneath the human skin, thus causing the disease known as the itch. See Illust. in Append.

    Itch mite. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Itch insect, above. Also, other similar mites affecting the lower animals, as the horse and ox.

    Sugar baker's itch, a variety of eczema, due to the action of sugar upon the skin.

    Washerwoman's itch, eczema of the hands and arms, occurring among washerwomen.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English gicce, from giccan (v.) "to itch" (see itch (v.)). Sense of "restless desire" is first attested 1530s; itching in this sense is from mid-14c.


Old English giccan "to itch," from West Germanic *jukkjan (cognates: Middle Dutch jöken "to itch," Old High German jucchen, German jucken). Related: Itched; itching.


n. 1 A sensation felt on an area of the skin that causes a person or animal to want to scratch. 2 A desire or want. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To feel itchy; to feel a need to be scratched. 2 (context intransitive English) To want or desire. 3 (context transitive English) To cause to feel an itch. 4 (context transitive colloquial English) To scratch or rub so as to relieve an itch.

  1. n. a contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite; characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation; "he has a bad case of the itch" [syn: scabies]

  2. a strong restless desire; "why this urge to travel?" [syn: urge]

  3. an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch [syn: itchiness, itching]

  4. v. scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; "Don't scratch your insect bites!" [syn: rub, scratch]

  5. have or perceive an itch; "I'm itching--the air is so dry!"

  6. have a strong desire or urge to do something; "She is itching to start the project"; "He is spoiling for a fight" [syn: spoil]

Itch (EP)

Itch is the second extended play (EP) by English alternative rock group Radiohead, released exclusively in Japan on 1 June 1994.

Itch (disambiguation)

An itch is an unpleasant sensation that evokes the desire or reflex to scratch

Itch or Itching may also refer to:

  • Jonny "Itch" Fox, British musician
  • "The Itch" (House), an episode of the US TV series House
  • Itch (EP), a 1994 Radiohead EP
  • Itch (Kim Mitchell album), a 1994 solo album by Kim Mitchell
  • "Itchin'", a single by Jimmy Jones
  • ITCH (gene), an ubiquitin-activating enzyme
Itch (Kim Mitchell album)

Itch is the sixth album from Canadian singer and guitarist Kim Mitchell. The album was released in 1994. This would be the last album to date that Mitchell would collaborate with lyricist Pye Dubois. Dubois didn't contribute any lyrics to Mitchell's previous album Aural Fixations released two years before this album.

ITCH (gene)

ITCH is an ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme.


Itch (also known as pruritus) is a sensation that causes the desire or reflex to scratch. Itch has resisted many attempts to classify it as any one type of sensory experience. Modern science has shown that itch has many similarities to pain, and while both are unpleasant sensory experiences, their behavioral response patterns are different. Pain creates a withdrawal reflex, whereas itch leads to a scratch reflex.

Unmyelinated nerve fibers for itch and pain both originate in the skin; however, information for them is conveyed centrally in two distinct systems that both use the same nerve bundle and spinothalamic tract.

Usage examples of "itch".

He allowed the others to dip their fingers in it when cool and use it to wipe their skins to relieve the intolerable itching caused by the aerosol rain from the trees.

Its prominent feature is an intense itching, so aggravating that, in many instances, the skin is torn by the nails.

CHAPTER XII TOOLS OF MURDER SUCH big men of murder as Itch Fendel and Marcus Beld never bothered with performing the actual kill themselves.

CHAPTER XVI DEATH REVERSED ITCH FENDEL was seated in the inner room of the hillside shack reading the note that Marcus Beld had sent him.

Dying, Itch Fendel had pronounced Marcus Beld to be the double-crosser who had produced this destruction.

Completely at peace widi a world in the midst of war, die biped ambled direcdy toward a small cluster of guards, bringing die need for initiative nearer and nearer, making diem sweat widi anxiety and creating such a panic diat diey forgot to itch.

Vetch oiled and buffed her morning and evening now, not only to keep her from itching too much, but to keep her skin supple and prevent it from tearing as she grew.

She is chained in such a way as to preclude movement which might tear at the mesh or break it, thus making possible the entry of urts, which might eat at her, lowering her price, and to preclude her tearing hysterically with her hands and fingernails at her own body, bloodying herself, perhaps scarring herself, again lowering her price, in her attempt to obtain relief from the bites and itching consequent upon the infestation and depredation of the numerous, almost constantly active ship lice.

At his inner elbow, tanned skin curdled like birch bark in a fire, split and broke and bled and itched abominably.

The pouty blonde was vertically scratching her itch on the dance floor with a biker type.

A solution made with borax, two drachms, and morphine, fire grains, dissolved in six ounces of rose-water, makes an excellent lotion to allay the itching.

By the time the apple dumplings were cooked and cooling, with a crust of sugar lacing the brown pastry, she was fairly itching to put her plan into action.

As Patrick got the hang of the eraser and bore down with it, the tingling became a deep and monstrous itch.

Behrend observed an opium exanthem, which was attended by intolerable itching, after the exhibition of a quarter of a grain.

The very sight of some faggoty adolescent in tights and tunic made his hands itch for something to throw.