proper


1prop·er

adjective \ˈprä-pər\

: correct according to social or moral rules

: behaving in a way that is correct according to social or moral rules

: exactly correct

Full Definition of PROPER

1
a :  referring to one individual only
b :  belonging to one :  own
c :  appointed for the liturgy of a particular day
d :  represented heraldically in natural color
2
:  belonging characteristically to a species or individual :  peculiar
3
chiefly dialect :  good-looking, handsome
4
:  very good :  excellent
5
chiefly British :  utter, absolute
6
:  strictly limited to a specified thing, place, or idea <the city proper>
7
a :  strictly accurate :  correct
b archaic :  virtuous, respectable
c :  strictly decorous :  genteel
8
:  marked by suitability, rightness, or appropriateness :  fit
9
:  being a mathematical subset (as a subgroup) that does not contain all the elements of the inclusive set from which it is derived
prop·er·ly adverb
prop·er·ness noun

Examples of PROPER

  1. It is not proper to speak that way.
  2. The children need to learn proper behavior.
  3. It would not be proper for you to borrow the ladder without asking first.
  4. She is a very prim and proper young lady.
  5. Is this the proper spelling of your name?
  6. You need to eat a proper meal instead of junk food.
  7. Each step must be done in the proper order.

Origin of PROPER

Middle English propre proper, own, from Anglo-French, from Latin proprius own
First Known Use: 14th century

2proper

noun

Definition of PROPER

1
:  the parts of the Mass that vary according to the liturgical calendar
2
:  the part of a missal or breviary containing the proper of the Mass and the offices proper to the holy days of the liturgical year

First Known Use of PROPER

15th century

3proper

adverb

: in a complete way

Full Definition of PROPER

chiefly dialect
:  in a thorough manner :  completely

Examples of PROPER

  1. They beat us good and proper.

First Known Use of PROPER

15th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: proper adjective
Previous Word in the Dictionary: propensity
All Words Near: proper

Seen & Heard

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

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More