- Middle English icchen, from Old English giccan; akin to Old High German jucchen to itch
- before 12th century
1 a: to have an itch <her arm itched> b: to produce an itchy sensation <long underwear that itches>
2: to have a restless desire or hankering for something <were itching to go outside>transitive verb
1: to cause to itch
itch. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
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