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[ih-nuhf] /ɪˈnʌf/
adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire:
enough water; noise enough to wake the dead.
an adequate quantity or number; sufficiency.
in a quantity or degree that answers a purpose or satisfies a need or desire; sufficiently.
fully or quite:
ready enough.
(used to express impatience or exasperation):
Enough! I heard you the first time.
Origin of enough
before 900; Middle English enogh, Old English genōh; cognate with German genug, Gothic ganohs, Old Norse nōgr; akin to Old English geneah it suffices, Sanskrit naśati (he) reaches
1. ample. 3. adequately, amply, reasonably. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for enough
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  • "There's enough like that kind, though," interrupted Uncle Peter.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "That'll be enough for us, unless you are very hungry," said Robert.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • There was not enough food in the valley for both the old inhabitants and the newcomers.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Often enough these innovations were not due to the cleverness of man's brain.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • This was enough to make them traitors in the eyes of the Egyptians.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
British Dictionary definitions for enough


  1. sufficient to answer a need, demand, supposition, or requirement; adequate: enough cake
  2. (as pronoun): enough is now known
that's enough!, that will do: used to put an end to an action, speech, performance, etc
so as to be adequate or sufficient; as much as necessary: you have worked hard enough
(not used with a negative) very or quite; rather: she was pleased enough to see me
(intensifier): oddly enough, surprisingly enough
just adequately; tolerably: he did it well enough
Word Origin
Old English genōh; related to Old Norse gnōgr, Gothic ganōhs, Old High German ginuog
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Word Origin and History for enough

c.1300, from Old English genog, a common Germanic formation (cf. Old Saxon ginog, Old Frisian enoch, Dutch genoeg, Old High German ginuog, German genug, Old Norse gnogr, Gothic ganohs).

This is a compound of ge- "with, together" (also a participial, collective, intensive, or perfective prefix) + root -nah, from PIE *nek- "reach, attain" (cf. Sanskrit asnoti "reaches," Hittite ninikzi "lifts, raises," Lithuanian nešti "to bear, carry," Latin nancisci "to obtain").

It is the most prominent among the surviving examples of Old English ge-, the equivalent of Latin com- and Modern German ge-, from PIE *kom- "beside, near, by, with" (see com-).

Meaning "moderately, fairly, tolerably" (good enough) was in Middle English. Understated sense of have had enough "have had too much" was in Old English (which relied heavily on double negatives and understatement). Colloquial 'nough said is attested from 1839.

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