Definitions for enoughɪˈnʌf
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire:
enough water; noise enough to wake the dead.
(pron.)an adequate quantity or number; sufficiency:
Enough of us are here to begin.
Category: Function Word
(adv.)in a quantity or degree that answers a purpose or satisfies a need or desire; sufficiently:
studied enough to pass the test.
fully or quite:
tolerably or passably:
He sings well enough.
(interj.)(used to express impatience or exasperation.)
Origin of enough:
bef. 900; ME enogh, OE genōh; c. OHG ginuog; akin to OE geneah it suffices, Skt naśati (he) reaches
an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to achieve a purpose
"enough is as good as a feast"; "there is more than a sufficiency of lawyers in this country"
adequate, decent, enough(adverb)
sufficient for the purpose
"an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough"
as much as necessary
"Have I eaten enough?"; (`plenty' is nonstandard) "I've had plenty, thanks"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
as much as is necessary or wanted
It's not cold enough for snow.; I haven't eaten enough today.; Stop. That's far enough.
to some degree, but not a high degree
She seems nice enough.
indicates you think sth is funny or surprising
Strangely enough, two of my ex-boyfriends were there.
as much as is necessary or wanted
Four liters won't be enough.; There isn't enough of the cake to go around.
emphasizes here is much less than necessary
Fifteen minutes is nowhere near enough time to get there.
indicates sb wants sth to stop happening
Stop fighting, you two. I've had enough!
as much or as many as necessary
I didn't make enough rice.
emphasizes there is enough, but not more
There were just enough books for everyone.
I cannot run fast enough to catch up to them.
A sufficient or adequate number, amount, etc.
I have enough to keep me going.
stop! Don't do that anymore, etc.
Origin: From ynough, from genog, from ganōgaz (compare Scots eneuch, West Frisian genôch, Dutch genoeg, German genug, Swedish nog, Icelandish nógur), from *ǥanaxa 'to suffice' (compare Old English geneah), from h₂eh₂nó(n)ḱe 'he has reached, attained', perfective of *h₂neḱ- 'to reach' (compare Old Irish tánaic 'he arrived', Latin nancisci 'to get', Lithuanian nesti 'to carry', Albanian kënaq 'to please, statisfy', Ancient Greek ἐνεγκεῖν.).
satisfying desire; giving content; adequate to meet the want; sufficient; -- usually, and more elegantly, following the noun to which it belongs
in a degree or quantity that satisfies; to satisfaction; sufficiently
fully; quite; -- used to express slight augmentation of the positive degree, and sometimes equivalent to very; as, he is ready enough to embrace the offer
in a tolerable degree; -- used to express mere acceptableness or acquiescence, and implying a degree or quantity rather less than is desired; as, the song was well enough
a sufficiency; a quantity which satisfies desire, is adequate to the want, or is equal to the power or ability; as, he had enough to do take care of himself
an exclamation denoting sufficiency, being a shortened form of it is enough
Translations for enough
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to the degree needed
Is it hot enough?; He swam well enough to pass the test.
- بصورةٍ كافِيَهArabic
- suficientementePortuguese (BR)
- nok; tilstrækkeligtDanish
- bastante, suficientementeSpanish
- به حد کفایتFarsi
- דֵי הַצוֹרֶךHebrew
- पर्याप्त मात्रा मेंHindi
- dostatno, dovoljnoCroatian
- pietiekoši; diezganLatvian
- nok, tilstrekkeligNorwegian
- به حد کفایتPersian
- په کافی توګهPashto
- destul (de)Romanian
- tillräckligt, nogSwedish
- yeterince, yeteri kadarTurkish
- 足夠地Chinese (Trad.)
- بقدر ضرورتUrdu
- 足够地Chinese (Simp.)
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