Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Sufficient to meet a need or satisfy a desire; adequate: synonym: sufficient.
  • pronoun An adequate number or quantity.
  • adverb To a satisfactory amount or degree; sufficiently.
  • adverb Very; fully; quite.
  • adverb Tolerably; rather.
  • interjection Used to express impatience or exasperation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An elliptical exclamation, signifying ‘it (or that) is enough,’ ‘I have had enough,’ ‘you have done enough,’ etc.
  • Answering the purpose; adequate to want or demand; sufficient; satisfying desire; giving content; meeting reasonable expectation.
  • Synonyms Sufficient, Competent, etc. See adequate.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • determiner sufficient; all that is required, needed, or appropriate
  • adverb sufficiently
  • pronoun A sufficient or adequate number, amount, etc.
  • interjection stop! Don't do that anymore, etc.

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

  • adverb as much as necessary
  • adjective sufficient for the purpose
  • noun an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to achieve a purpose

Etymologies

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

[Middle English enogh, from Old English genōg; see nek- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").).

Examples

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

    or

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

    January 7, 2007

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

    January 4, 2009

  • enough love this word so much I had it tattooed on my wrist!

    July 17, 2015

  • Wordnik allows you to adopt words you love. Why not adopt "enough"?

    July 17, 2015

  • Nice suggestion vm, but I just can't seem to get enough.

    July 18, 2015