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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 ?
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 beasts, liberated from the confinement of the hold, wandered about the deck, not a little to the discomfiture of the crew in whose minds there remained a still vivid picture of the savagery of the beasts in conflict with those who had gone to their deaths beneath the fangs and talons which even now seemed itching for the soft flesh of further prey.
I'm itching in a dozen places now from their bites."
"I'm itching to get to work again--with this new stuff," said the white-haired man, noddding towards the enclosure.
"By George, I'm itching to let them have it!" exclaimed Kennedy.
He had lain in the uncomfortable position in which they had thrown him but for a few minutes when he became distinctly conscious of an acute itching sensation upon his hands, his neck and scalp.
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.
A grim smile forced itself to my lips as I thought of the rude awakening that lay in store for the ruler of Okar, and my itching fingers fondled the hilt of my bloody sword.
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.
Here are two studies that try to understand the underlying mechanism in the brain that triggers the itching.A
Itching can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.