Pronunciation: (ich),[key] —v.i. 1. to have or feel a peculiar tingling or uneasy irritation of the skin that causes a desire to scratch the part affected: My nose itches. 2. to cause such a feeling: This shirt itches. 3. Informal.to scratch a part that itches.
4. to have a desire to do or get something: to itch after fame.
—v.t. 1. to cause to have an itch: His wool shirt always itches him. 2. Informal.to scratch (a part that itches): to itch a mosquito bite. 3. to annoy; vex; irritate: Her remarks itched me.
—n. 1. the sensation of itching.
2. an uneasy or restless desire or longing: an itch for excitement. 3. a contagious disease caused by the itch mite, which burrows into the skin (usually prec. by the). Cf. mange, scabies.