itch / ich/ • n. [usu. in sing.] an uncomfortable sensation on the skin that causes a desire to scratch. ∎ inf. a restless or strong desire: the itch to write fiction. ∎ a skin disease or condition of which itching is a symptom. ∎ (the itch) inf. scabies.• v. [intr.] be the site of or cause an itch: the bite itched like crazy. ∎ (of a person) experience an itch. ∎ inf. feel a restless or strong desire to do something: your hands itch to take the wheel. PHRASES: an itchy (or itching) palm fig. an avaricious nature.ORIGIN: Old English gycce (noun), gyccan (verb); related to Dutch jeuk (noun) and Dutch jeuken, German jucken (verb).
So sb. OE. ġyċċe.