enough[ē nuf′, i-]
- The definition of enough is something that is just what you need and nothing more.
An example of enough is having enough eggs when making a recipe that needs two eggs because you have exactly two eggs in the refrigerator.
- Enough is defined as having done something adequately or sufficiently.
An example of enough is the phrase playing well enough, when someone plays a game well, but doesn’t win by a lot of points.
- Enough means as many as you need or are allowed.
An example of enough is the expression meaning you have all that you need or want, “That’s enough.”
There are just enough eggs for this recipe.
Origin of enoughMiddle English inough ; from Old English genoh ; from Germanic compound (seen also in German genug-, Old Norse gnogr, Gothic ganohs) ; from ge-, intensive + an unverified form noh, enough ; from Indo-European base an unverified form enek-, an unverified form nek-, to attain, achieve from source Classical Latin nactus, attained, Sanskrit nákşati, (he) attains
- as much or as often as necessary; to the required degree or amount; sufficiently
- fully; quite: oddly enough
- just adequately; tolerably; fairly: he played well enough
- To a satisfactory amount or degree; sufficiently: Is the fish cooked enough?
- Very; fully; quite: We were glad enough to leave.
- Tolerably; rather: She sang well enough, but the show was a failure.
Origin of enoughMiddle English enogh, from Old English genōg; see nek-2 in Indo-European roots.
- I cannot run fast enough to catch up to them.
- Fully; quite; used to express slight augmentation of the positive degree, and sometimes equivalent to very.
- He is ready enough to accept the offer.
- As an adverb, enough always follows the verb it qualifies.
- A sufficient or adequate number, amount, etc.
- I have enough to keep me going.
- stop! Don't do that anymore, etc.
From Middle English ynough, from Old English ġenōg (“enough”), from Proto-Germanic *ganōgaz (“enough”) (compare Scots eneuch, West Frisian genôch, Dutch genoeg, German genug, Low German noog, Danish nok, Swedish nog, Icelandic nógur), from *ǥanaxa 'to suffice' (compare Old English ġeneah), or from *ga- + an unattested *nōgaz, probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eh₂nó(n)ḱe 'he has reached, attained', perfective of *h₂neḱ- (“to reach”) (compare Old Irish tánaic 'he arrived', Latin nancisci 'to get', Lithuanian nèšti 'to carry', Albanian kënaq 'to please, satisfy', Ancient Greek ἐνεγκεῖν (enenkein, “to carry”).).