Definitions for enoughɪˈnʌf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire:

    enough water; noise enough to wake the dead.

  2. (pron.)an adequate quantity or number; sufficiency:

    Enough of us are here to begin.

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  3. (adv.)in a quantity or degree that answers a purpose or satisfies a need or desire; sufficiently:

    studied enough to pass the test.

  4. fully or quite:

    ready enough.

  5. tolerably or passably:

    He sings well enough.

  6. (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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. enough, sufficiency(adj)

    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"

  2. adequate, decent, enough(adverb)

    sufficient for the purpose

    "an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough"

  3. enough, plenty(adverb)

    as much as necessary

    "Have I eaten enough?"; (`plenty' is nonstandard) "I've had plenty, thanks"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. enough(adverb)ɪˈnʌf

    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.

  2. enoughɪˈnʌf

    to some degree, but not a high degree

    She seems nice enough.

  3. enoughɪˈnʌf

    indicates you think sth is funny or surprising

    Strangely enough, two of my ex-boyfriends were there.

  4. enough(pronoun)ɪˈnʌf

    as much as is necessary or wanted

    Four liters won't be enough.; There isn't enough of the cake to go around.

  5. enoughɪˈnʌf

    emphasizes here is much less than necessary

    Fifteen minutes is nowhere near enough time to get there.

  6. enoughɪˈnʌf

    indicates sb wants sth to stop happening

    Stop fighting, you two. I've had enough!

  7. enough(determiner)ɪˈnʌf

    as much or as many as necessary

    I didn't make enough rice.

  8. enoughɪˈnʌf

    emphasizes there is enough, but not more

    There were just enough books for everyone.


  1. enough(Adverb)


    I cannot run fast enough to catch up to them.

  2. enough(Pronoun)

    A sufficient or adequate number, amount, etc.

    I have enough to keep me going.

  3. enough(Interjection)

    stop! Don't do that anymore, etc.


  4. 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.).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enough(adj)

    satisfying desire; giving content; adequate to meet the want; sufficient; -- usually, and more elegantly, following the noun to which it belongs

  2. Enough(adverb)

    in a degree or quantity that satisfies; to satisfaction; sufficiently

  3. Enough(adverb)

    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

  4. Enough(adverb)

    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

  5. Enough(noun)

    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

  6. Enough

    an exclamation denoting sufficiency, being a shortened form of it is enough


  1. Enough

    Enough is a 2002 American drama-thriller film directed by Michael Apted. It stars Jennifer Lopez as Slim, an abused wife who learns to fight back. Enough garnered generally negative reviews from film critics, although several aspects of the film including the actor's performances were praised.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enough' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #379

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enough' in Written Corpus Frequency: #388

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enough' in Adverbs Frequency: #54

Translations for enough

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to the degree needed

Is it hot enough?; He swam well enough to pass the test.

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