- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English inough ; from Old English genoh ; from Germanic compound (seen also inch(es) German genug-, Old Norse gnogr, Gothic ganohs) ; from ge-, intensive plush 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
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- 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: Middle English enogh, from Old English genōg; see nek-2 in Indo-European roots.