adjective \i-ˈnəf, ē-, ə-\

: equal to what is needed

Full Definition of ENOUGH

:  occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations <enough food for everyone>

Examples of ENOUGH

  1. Have you got enough money?
  2. That's enough talk for now; let's get started.
  3. There's enough food for everyone.

Origin of ENOUGH

Middle English ynough, from Old English genōg (akin to Old High German ginuog enough), from ge- (perfective prefix) + -nōg; akin to Latin nancisci to get, Greek enenkein to carry — more at co-
First Known Use: before 12th century



: in the amount needed : to the necessary degree

: to a degree that is not very high or very low : to a reasonable extent

Full Definition of ENOUGH

:  in or to a degree or quantity that satisfies or that is sufficient or necessary for satisfaction :  sufficiently
:  fully, quite <he is qualified enough for the position>
:  in a tolerable degree <she sang well enough>

Examples of ENOUGH

  1. I couldn't run fast enough to catch up with her.
  2. She's old enough to know better.
  3. Are you rich enough to retire?
  4. That's good enough for me.
  5. Oddly enough, they've never actually met.
  6. As if the crowds aren't bad enough, the parking situation is terrible.
  7. We can do it if they help enough.

First Known Use of ENOUGH

before 12th century



: an amount that provides what is needed or wanted : an amount that is enough

Full Definition of ENOUGH

:  a sufficient number, quantity, or amount <enough were present to constitute a quorum> <had enough of their foolishness> —often used interjectionally

Examples of ENOUGH

  1. Have you had enough to eat?
  2. He hasn't had much Spanish, but he knows enough to get by.
  3. The crowds are enough of a problem as it is, without having to worry about parking as well!
  4. It's enough to drive you crazy!

First Known Use of ENOUGH

before 12th century


Next Word in the Dictionary: enounce
Previous Word in the Dictionary: enosis
All Words Near: enough

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up enough? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).