I. adjective Etymology: 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- Date: before 12th century occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations <
enough food for everyone
Synonyms: see sufficient II. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. in or to a degree or quantity that satisfies or that is sufficient or necessary for satisfaction ; sufficiently 2. fully, quite <
he is qualified enough for the position
3. in a tolerable degree <
she sang well enough
III. pronoun Date: before 12th century a sufficient number, quantity, or amount <
enough were present to constitute a quorum
had enough of their foolishness
— often used interjectionally

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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