- enough is enough,
- enough rope, give someone,
- enough said,
- enough to sink a ship,
Origin of enough
Examples from the Web for enough
Grindr currently has twelve ‘tribes,’ and for some people this just is not enough.
He added: “People say he deserves his day in court… Do we have enough time?”Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’|Lloyd Grove|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I had enough experiences around languages that it just sort of happened.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Competition is there, of course, but I think there is enough business for everyone as long as the demand is there,” he says.
The Air Force has enough MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But for the present I think we have enough men for this expedition.For the Liberty of Texas|Edward Stratemeyer
So I still beg for the minutes: your walks take up hours enough.Piano and Song|Friedrich Wieck
There is enough for all to have a good amount to eat, which often is nt.The Story of Opal|Opal Whiteley
Presenty there was a little light—not much, but enough to mark clearly the dim outlines of the trees.Wang the Ninth|Putnam Weale
Them poor horses 'll have enough of it, if the others don't.A Life's Secret|Mrs. Henry Wood
- sufficient to answer a need, demand, supposition, or requirement; adequateenough cake
- (as pronoun)enough is now known
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with enough
- enough is enough
- enough rope, give someone
- enough said
- enough to sink a ship
- fair enough
- had enough
- leave well enough alone
- not enough room to swing a cat
- sure enough
- (enough) to wake the dead