Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Sufficient to meet a need or satisfy a desire; adequate: enough work to keep us all busy. See Synonyms at sufficient.
  • pro. An adequate number or quantity: "The Gods above should give,/They have enough and we do poorly live” ( Henry David Thoreau).
  • adv. To a satisfactory amount or degree; sufficiently: Is the fish cooked enough?
  • adv. Very; fully; quite: We were glad enough to leave.
  • adv. Tolerably; rather: She sang well enough, but the show was a failure.
  • interj. Used to express impatience or exasperation: You've been practicing the guitar all afternoon. Enough!

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • sufficient; all that is required, needed, or appropriate
  • adv. sufficiently
  • pro. A sufficient or adequate number, amount, etc.
  • interj. stop! Don't do that anymore, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Satisfying desire; giving content; adequate to meet the want; sufficient; -- usually, and more elegantly, following the noun to which it belongs.
  • adv. In a degree or quantity that satisfies; to satisfaction; sufficiently.
  • adv. Fully; quite; -- used to express slight augmentation of the positive degree, and sometimes equivalent to very.
  • adv. In a tolerable degree; -- used to express mere acceptableness or acquiescence, and implying a degree or quantity rather less than is desired.
  • n. A sufficiency; a quantity which satisfies desire, is adequate to the want, or is equal to the power or ability.
  • interj. An exclamation denoting sufficiency, being a shortened form of it is enough.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Answering the purpose; adequate to want or demand; sufficient; satisfying desire; giving content; meeting reasonable expectation.
  • Synonyms Sufficient, Competent, etc. See adequate.
  • n. A quantity of a thing or act, or a number of things or persons, sufficient to satisfy desire or want, or adequate to a purpose; sufficiency: as, we have enough of this sort of cloth.
  • n. Synonyms Plenty, abundance.
  • In a quantity or degree that answers the purpose, satisfies, or is equal to the desires or wants; to a sufficient degree; sufficiently.
  • To a notable extent; fairly; rather: used to denote a slight augmentation of the positive degree, the force depending upon the connection or the emphasis: as, he is ready enough to embrace the offer.
  • In a tolerable or passable degree: used to denote diminution, or a degree or quality rather less than is desired, or such a quantity or degree as commands acquiescence rather than full satisfaction: as, the performance is well enough.
  • To a great degree; very much.
  • An elliptical exclamation, signifying ‘it (or that) is enough,’ ‘I have had enough,’ ‘you have done enough,’ etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. as much as necessary
  • adj. sufficient for the purpose
  • n. an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to achieve a purpose

Etymologies

Middle English enogh, from Old English genōg; see nek-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ynough, from Old English ġenōg ("enough"), from Proto-Germanic *ganōgaz (“enough”) (compare Scots eneuch, West Frisian genôch, Dutch genoeg, German genug, Swedish nog, Icelandic nógur), from *ǥanaxa 'to suffice' (compare Old English ġeneah), 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, statisfy', Ancient Greek ἐνεγκεῖν (enenkein, "to carry").). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • \ "The marchers were chanting \" enough, enough\ "and \" We the People.

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  • Not chocolatey enough if I am craving chocolate, and not *enough* if I want a crispy snack.

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  • True, one cold war was enough ... however that doesn\'t mean irrespective of the actions taken by Bush-administration, the world would never say \'One Bush-administration was (is) enough\ '.'

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  • It is evident enough that all questions between North and South must settle themselves, should the war only _go far enough_.

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  • Well, little Clara kissed my hand when she had eaten enough -- (it was so odd for _Clara_ to have _enough_) -- and her sunken eyes grew bright, and she said -- "Now I shall not be beaten, because I've something left to carry home;" so she told me where she lived, and I bade her good bye, and told her I would come and see her mother to-morrow.

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  • And the Master's answer would come in that clear, quiet voice of His, "yes, tarry: you have knowledge enough, but _knowledge is not enough_, there must be power."

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  • ” He confessed to Lord William that the world was not big enough for him, that there was “no king or country big enough”; and then he added, hitting him on the shoulder, “Yes, that is flesh, that is what I hate, and what makes me wish to die.

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  • And that is why our scriptures and other art-works, when they deal with love, turn from honest attempts at science in physics to romantic nonsense, erotic ecstasy, or the stern asceticism of satiety (“the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom” said William Blake; for “you never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough”).

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  • Time enough, always proves little enough_: Let us then up and be doing, and doing to the Purpose; so by Diligence shall we do more with less Perplexity.

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  • I. i.8 (4,4) [blow, till thou burst thy wind, if room enough] Perhaps it might be read, -- _blow till thou burst, wind, if room enough_.

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  • "Enough is equal to a feast." - Henry Fielding, The Covent Garden Tragedy

    January 4, 2009

  • "But this is not enough" (Tolke eta va mala) (Arseniy Tarkovsky)

    or

    "I had enough" (Ich habe genug) (Johann Sebastian bach)

    January 7, 2007