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1. An irritating skin sensation causing a desire to scratch.
2. Any of various skin disorders, such as scabies, marked by intense irritation and itching.
3. A restless desire or craving for something: an itch to travel.
v. itched, itch·ing, itch·es
a. To feel, have, or produce an itch.
b. To have a desire to scratch.
2. To have a persistent, restless craving.
1. To cause to itch.
2. To scratch (an itch).

[Middle English yicche, from Old English gicce, from giccan, to itch.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.itching - an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratchitching - an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch
cutaneous sensation, haptic sensation, skin sensation - a sensation localized on the skin
pruritus - an intense itching sensation that can have various causes (as by allergies or infection or lymphoma or jaundice etc.)


A. Npicor m; (less frequent) → picazón f, comezón f
B. CPD itching powder Npolvos mpl de pica-pica


[ˈɪtʃɪŋ] ndémangeaisons fpl


nJucken nt, → Juckreiz m; itching powderJuckpulver nt


[ˈɪtʃɪŋ] adj itching powderpolverina che dà prurito


n. sensación de picazón.

itching, itchiness

n picazón f comezón f to relieve the itching..aliviar la picazón (comezón)
References in classic literature ?
I'm itching in a dozen places now from their bites.
There was a place on my ankle that got to itching, but I dasn't scratch it; and then my ear begun to itch; and next my back, right between my shoul- ders.
The doctor looked it all over, as if his fingers were itching to open it; but instead of doing that, he put it quietly in the pocket of his coat.
The others saw the point of this, and felt better directly, despite their itching desire to get hold of the beggar again.
Alone can I kill all the Gomangani of the low country," and he swelled his chest and strutted proudly back and forth, until the itching back of a comrade commanded his industrious attention.
I'm itching to get to work again--with this new stuff," said the white-haired man, noddding towards the enclosure.
I say that he doesn't suit me at all," said Porthos, "and that I feel a strong itching to follow Aramis's advice.
Moreover, as will be seen in the course of my story, the pedlar was inquisitive, and something of a tattler, always itching to hear the news and anxious to tell it again.
Bagnet, with her wholesome brown fingers itching to prevent what she sees going wrong, sits in her gown of ceremony, an honoured guest.
And should you again affront the Princess of Ptarth," warned the Heliumite, "I shall forget that you wear no sword--not for ever may I control my itching sword hand.
The Spaniards, bloated with fine living upon the fruits of the miraculous land, fell in heaps; but the hardy Englishmen, tawny with sea-voyaging, hairy for lack of razors, with muscles like wire, fangs greedy for flesh, and fingers itching for gold, despatched the wounded, drove the dying into the sea, and soon reduced the natives to a state of superstitious wonderment.
His fingers opened and closed--skinny, brown talons itching to feel the soft flesh of the victim in their remorseless clutch.