Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sho’ ’nuff adj.

also sho’ ’nough, shore ’nuff, sure ’nough, sure ’nuff
[SE sure enough]

(US) a general attrib. adj. of approval: genuine, qualified, responsible, trustworthy.

[US]Sthn Pioneer (Carrolton, MS) 20 Feb. 1/5: Major Bluster [...] was a ‘sure enough’ major who had fought [...] in the last war.
[US]letter q. in Wiley Life of Johnny Reb (1943) 272: [A] shore-nuff Sweetheart [...] with $50 thousand dollars, a lady of fine sence and education.
[US]J. Harrison ‘Negro English’ in Anglia VII 263: To year sho’ ’nuff cussin’ = to hear passionate words.
[US]F.E. Daniel Recollections of a Rebel Surgeon 232: No, he wasn’t a shonuff ‘colonel,’ you know.
[US]C.E. Mulford Bar-20 i: That’s shore nuff gospel, Thomp.
[UK]Wodehouse Gentleman of Leisure Ch. xviii: I could pick out a fly cop from a bunch of a t’ousand. He’s a sure ’nough sleut’ all right.
[US]C.E. Mulford Bar-20 Days 89: Bet they think I’m a real, shore-’nuff medicine-man.
[US]H.A. Franck Zone Policeman 88 55: Oh, yes indeed, mahster, Ah his sure ’nough wife.
[US]Van Vechten Nigger Heaven 14: Toly, you’s mah sho’ ’nough daddy an’ Ah sho’ does love you wid all mah h’aht.
[US]E. Booth Stealing Through Life in Hamilton Men of the Und. 262: I’ve lived in a sure-nuff hell down there.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Mules and Men (1995) 72: Lemme tell y’all a sho nuff tale ’bout Ole Massa.
[US]C. Himes ‘All He Needs is Feet’ in Coll. Stories (1990) 348: Now there’s that Mr Spencer, actin’ like a sho-nuff soldier.
[US]D. Pearce Cool Hand Luke (1967) 93: She knows a sure ’nough he-man when she sees one.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Mama Black Widow 76: Ken yu change ’roun an bles me wif uh sho nuff job.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 9: You letting his henchmen know you come in there for sho nuff business.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 38: She [...] hailed a barmaid like she was setting in for some sho ’nuff tippling.
[US]H. Gould Fort Apache, The Bronx 45: José was hooked in with Hernando, who was the ‘sho nuff’ heavy dealer in the neighbourhood.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 225: Yous a binder Pie . . . eight / A shonuff grinder.
[US]‘Master Pimp’ Pimp’s Rap 34: Well Kid, you gotta sho’sho nuff burning desire to wanna be a pimp.