properly

adverb

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

Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Properly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/properly. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

properly

adverb

prop·​er·​ly
ˈpräp-ər-lē
1
: in a fit or suitable way
behave properly in church
2
: according to fact : correctly
properly labeled goods
properly speaking, whales are not fish

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