genug

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German ginuog, from Proto-Germanic *ganōgaz; akin to Dutch genoeg, Low German noog, English enough, West Frisian genôch, Danish nok, Swedish nog. The Proto-Germanic word is a compound of the prefix *ga + unattested *nōgaz. The latter may be derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂neḱ- ‎(to reach, achieve, carry out).

Further Indo-European cognates: Latin nancisci ‎(to get, to abtain), Slovene nesti ‎(to carry), Albanian kënaq ‎(to satisfy)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈnuːk/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈnʊx/ (in northern and central Germany; chiefly colloquial)
  • Rhymes: -uːk

Determiner[edit]

genug

  1. (invariable) enough, sufficient, an adequate number or amount of
    Wir haben nicht genug Geld.
    We don't have enough money.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Genug can never follow an article or another determiner. Moreover, it is rather often used after the referent for emphasis: Die haben Geld genug! (“They have money enough!”)

Pronoun[edit]

genug

  1. (invariable) enough, an adequate number or amount
    Das ist genug.
    That's enough.

Adverb[edit]

genug

  1. enough, sufficiently, in an adequate way
    Die Kinder haben genug gespielt.
    The children have played enough.

Interjection[edit]

genug!

  1. enough!
    Genug! Hör auf mit diesem Unsinn!Enough! Quit this nonsense!

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