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enough Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun 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. adjective satellite sufficient for the purpose
    decent; adequate.
    • an adequate income
    • the food was adequate
    • a decent wage
    • enough food
    • food enough
  3. adverb as much as necessary; (`plenty' is nonstandard) "I've had plenty, thanks"
    • Have I eaten enough?

E*nough" adjective
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. to carry.
  1. Satisfying desire; giving content; adequate to meet the want; sufficient; -- usually, and more elegantly, following the noun to which it belongs.
    How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare! Luke xv. 17.
E*nough" adverb
  1. In a degree or quantity that satisfies; to satisfaction; sufficiently.
  2. 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.
    I know you well enough; you are Signior Antonio. Shak.
    Thou knowest well enough . . . that this is no time to lend money. Shak.
  3. 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. Enough usually follows the word it modifies.
E*nough" noun
  1. 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. "Enough is as good as a feast."
    And Esau said, I have enough, my brother. Gen. xxxiii. 9.
E*nough" interjection
  1. An exclamation denoting sufficiency, being a shortened form of it is enough.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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