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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).

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itch feel irritation of the skin OE.; have a restless desire XIII. OE ġịċċan, ġyċċan, corr. to OS. jukkian, (M)Du. jeuken, OHG. jucchen (G. jucken), f. Gmc. *juk- (whence also OHG. jucchido, MLG. jeucte, OE. gycða itch).
So sb. OE. ġyċċe.

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itch (ich) n. discomfort or irritation of the skin, prompting the sufferer to scratch or rub the affected area. See pruritus.