prop·​er·​ly | \ ˈprä-pər-lē How to pronounce properly (audio) \

Definition of properly

: in a proper manner:
a : in an acceptable or suitable way behaving properly trying to get the system to work properly "Oh yes, I am not at all ashamed of it. I would have everybody marry if they can do it properly."— Jane Austen
b : in an accurate or correct way It might more properly be termed a musical device than a musical form.— Aaron Copland Scoop out the seeds (properly called arils, a botanical term that includes the tiny actual seeds and the juicy, edible pulp around them).— David Karp

First Known Use of properly

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of properly was in the 13th century

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“Properly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of properly

: in a way that is acceptable or suitable
: in a way that is accurate or correct


prop·​er·​ly | \ ˈprä-pər-lē \

Kids Definition of properly

1 : in a fit or suitable way Students should dress properly.
2 : according to fact Properly speaking, whales are not fish.

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