- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for enough on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for enough
Grindr currently has twelve ‘tribes,’ and for some people this just is not enough.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
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’
January 8, 2015
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
January 7, 2015
“Competition is there, of course, but I think there is enough business for everyone as long as the demand is there,” he says.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
The Air Force has enough MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
"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
There was not enough food in the valley for both the old inhabitants and the newcomers.
Often enough these innovations were not due to the cleverness of man's brain.
This was enough to make them traitors in the eyes of the Egyptians.
- sufficient to answer a need, demand, supposition, or requirement; adequateenough cake
- (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 necessaryyou have worked hard enough
- (not used with a negative) very or quite; rathershe was pleased enough to see me
- (intensifier)oddly enough; surprisingly enough
- just adequately; tolerablyhe did it well enough
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.
Idioms and Phrases with enough
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