enough

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Etymology[edit]

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).).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈnʌf/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌf
  • Hyphenation: e‧nough

Determiner[edit]

enough

  1. Sufficient; all that is required, needed, or appropriate.
    • Bible, Gospel of Luke xv. 17
      How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare!
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 16, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      The preposterous altruism too! [] Resist not evil. It is an insane immolation of self—as bad intrinsically as fakirs stabbing themselves or anchorites warping their spines in caves scarcely large enough for a fair-sized dog.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 15, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘No,’ said Luke, grinning at her. ‘You're not dull enough! […] What about the kid's clothes? I don't suppose they were anything to write home about, but didn't you keep anything? A bootee or a bit of embroidery or anything at all?’
    I've already had enough coffee today.   Are you man enough to fight me?

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Adverb[edit]

enough

  1. Sufficiently.
    I cannot run fast enough to catch up to them.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.
  2. Fully; quite; used to express slight augmentation of the positive degree, and sometimes equivalent to very.
    He is ready enough to accept the offer.
    • William Shakespeare
      I know you well enough; you are Signior Antonio.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
      “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”

Usage notes[edit]

  • As an adverb, enough always follows the verb it qualifies.

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Pronoun[edit]

enough

  1. A sufficient or adequate number, amount, etc.
    I have enough to keep me going.

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Interjection[edit]

Enough!

  1. stop! Don't do that anymore, etc.
    Enough!

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