From Middle English ynough, from Old English ġenōg (“enough”), from Proto-Germanic *ganōgaz (“enough”) (compare Scots eneuch, West Frisian genôch, Dutch genoeg, German genug, Low German noog, Danish nok, Swedish nog, Icelandic nógur), from *ganuganą 'to suffice' (compare Old English ġeneah), or from *ga- + an unattested *nōgaz, probably ultimately 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, satisfy”), Ancient Greek ἐνεγκεῖν (enenkeîn, “to carry”).).
- IPA(key): /ɪˈnʌf, iˈnʌf, əˈnʌf/
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- Rhymes: -ʌf
- Hyphenation: e‧nough
- Sufficient; all that is required, needed, or appropriate.
- I've already had enough coffee today.
- Bible, Gospel of Luke xv. 17
- How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare!
- I cannot run fast enough to catch up to them.
- Are you man enough to fight me?
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.
- Fully; quite; used to express slight augmentation of the positive degree, and sometimes equivalent to very.
- He is ready enough to accept the offer.
- (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
- I know you well enough; you are Signior Antonio.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0029:
- “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
- As an adverb, enough always follows the verb it qualifies.
- A sufficient or adequate number, amount, etc.
- I have enough to keep me going.
- stop! Don't do that anymore, etc.
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