What does enough mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enough, sufficiencyadjective

    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, enoughadverb

    sufficient for the purpose

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

  3. enough, plentyadverb

    as much as necessary

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


  1. enoughadverb


    I cannot run fast enough to catch up to them.

  2. enoughpronoun

    A sufficient or adequate number, amount, etc.

    I have enough to keep me going.

  3. enoughinterjection

    stop! Don't do that anymore, etc.


  4. Etymology: 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.).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Enoughadjective

    It is not easy to determine whether this word be an adjective or adverb; perhaps, when it is joined with a substantive, it is an adjective, of which enow is the plural. In other situations it seems an adverb; except that after the verb to have, or to be, either expressed or understood, it may be accounted a substantive. In a sufficient measure; so as may satisfy; so as may suffice.

    Etymology: genoh, Saxon; ganah, Gothick; genoeg, Dut.

    Why wou’dst thou go, with one consent they cry,
    When thou hadst gold enough, and Emily. Dryden.

    When there was not room enough for their herds, they by consent separated, and enlarged their pasture. John Locke.

  2. Enoughadverb

    I am apt enough to think, that this same binarium of a stronger and a weaker, like unto masculine and feminine, doth hold in all living bodies. Francis Bacon.

    It is sometimes pleasant enough to consider the different notions which different persons have of the same thing. Addison.

    They are now in prison at Florence; and, as it is said, treated hardly enough. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Macbeth, beware Macduff!
    Beware the thane of Fife! Dismiss me. —— Enough. William Shakespeare.

    Henceforth I’ll bear
    Affliction, ’till it do cry out itself,
    Enough, enough, and die. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

  3. Enoughnoun

    ’Tis enough for me to have endeavoured the union of my country, whilst I continued in publick employments. William Temple.

    The indolency and enjoyment we have, sufficing for our present happiness, we desire not to venture the change, being content, and that is enough. John Locke.

    Enough for me that to the list’ning swains,
    First in those fields I sung the silvan strains. Alexander Pope.

    I will not quarrel with the present age: it has done enough for me, in making and keeping you two my friends. Alexander Pope.

    He could not have been without some great defects and main errours in his nature, customs, and proceedings, which he had enough to do to save and help, with a thousand little industries and watches. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enoughadjective

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

  2. Enoughadverb

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

  3. Enoughadverb

    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. Enoughadverb

    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. Enoughnoun

    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

  7. Etymology: [OE. inoh, inow, enogh, AS. genh, geng, a. & adv. (akin to OS. ging, D. genoeg, OHG. ginoug, G. genug, Icel. gngr, Sw. nog, Dan. nok, Goth. ganhs), fr. geneah it suffices (akin to Goth. ganah); pref. ge- + a root akin to L. nancisci to get, Skr. na, Gr. 'enegkei^n to carry.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enough

    e-nuf′, adj. sufficient: giving content: satisfying want.—adv. sufficiently.—n. sufficiency: as much as satisfies desire or want. [A.S. ge-nóh, ge-nóg; Goth. ga-nóhs; Ger. ge-nug; Ice. g-nóg-r.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enough in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of enough in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister Miro Cerar:

    At first we are seeking a European solution. If we lose hope on the European level, if we do not get enough on Sunday … then all options are possible as that would mean that we are on our own.

  2. A Bartlett Giamatti:

    It is not enough to offer a smorgasbord of courses. We must insure that students are not just eating at one end of the table.

  3. Elizabeth Warren:

    Congress didn't wake up one morning and say,' Let's punch enough holes in the tax code so that Amazon and Netflix can earn billions and pay nothing,'.

  4. Peter Hotez:

    The good news is,( the vaccine) is producing neutralizing antibodies, which scientists think is important for protective immunity against Covid-19, what is less certain is whether the levels of neutralizing antibody are high enough to confer complete protection, or whether this will be partially protective.

  5. Albert Fox:

    Three days of tracking is more than long enough to create a privacy risk. For those living with their abusers, they might never find out they're being tracked if their abusers can frequently come within range of the AirTag, similarly, it is helpful that AirTags will alert nearby iPhones to their presence, but those using Android won't receive an alert if an AirTag is tracking them.

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