itchy [ich-ee] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for itchy on adjective, itch·i·er, itch·i·est.

  1. having or causing an itching sensation.
  2. characterized by itching.

Origin of itchy 1520–30; itch, + -y1; compare Old English giccig (rare) purulent, putridRelated formsitch·i·ness, noun Related Words for itchiness crawling, tickle, rawness, irritation, creeping, psoriasis, prickling, itchiness Examples from the Web for itchiness Historical Examples of itchiness

  • The itchiness disappears almost immediately and the acari are speedily destroyed.

    Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • Itchiness; without any relation to the cutaneous disease denominated the itch, S.

    An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language

    John Jamieson

  • The sole and essential symptom is itchiness, usually more or less paroxysmal, and worse at night.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • Rubb′ers, a disease in sheep, with great heat and itchiness.

    Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)


  • Word Origin and History for itchiness itchy adj.

    Old English giccig; see itch + -y (2). Figurative itchy palm is attested by 1590s. Related: Itchiness.

    itchiness in Medicine itchy [ĭch′ē] adj.

    1. Having or causing an itching sensation.
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