Definitions of proper

  1. marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; " proper medical treatment"; " proper manners"
  2. appropriate for a condition or occasion; " everything in its proper place"; " the right man for the job"; " she is not suitable for the position"
  3. having all the qualities typical of the thing specified; " wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack"; " he finally has a proper job"
  4. limited to the thing specified; " the city proper"; " his claim is connected with the deed proper"
  5. Belonging to one; one's own; individual.
  6. Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites.
  7. Befitting one's nature, qualities, etc.; suitable in all respect; appropriate; right; fit; decent; as, water is the proper element for fish; a proper dress.
  8. Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome.
  9. Pertaining to one of a species, but not common to the whole; not appellative; -- opposed to common; as, a proper name; Dublin is the proper name of a city.
  10. Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper.
  11. Represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge.
  12. Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.
  13. Properly.
  14. Fit or suitable; correct; as, proper language; appropriate; as, proper dress; relating to the nature of a certain person or thing; as, a proper noun: opposite to common; peculiar.
  15. One's own: naturally or essentially belonging: peculiar: belonging to only one of a species ( as a name): natural: suitable: correct: just: right: becoming: ( B.) comely, pretty.
  16. One's own; fit; correct; belonging.
  17. Fit; becoming; correct.
  18. Naturally belonging to a person or thing; one's own.
  19. Belonging, as a name, to a single individual.
  20. Own; peculiar; particularly suited to; noting an individual; fit or suitable; correct; well- formed.
  21. Fit; suitable; agreeing; correct; becoming; decent; such as should be; peculiar; not common; pert. to one only of a species; in gram., applied to such names as John Smith, London, Edinburgh, as opposed to man, city; in astron., the real motion of the sun and stars, as opposed to their apparent motion.

Usage examples for proper

  1. 1. What is a Proper Title? – Writing for Vaudeville by Brett Page
  2. 2786, in which the circle C is of the diameter of the outside, while circle D is that of the outside of the pulley proper circle E is of the diameter of the inside of the pulley rim. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  3. A doan't reeghtly think as A'd get my rest proper wi'out my neeghtcaps. – The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays by Various
  4. I must- it's the only proper thing to do. – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
  5. She had decided that since the Dorrance Domain had become a hotel, it was proper to have dinner at night, and luncheon in the middle of the day. – The Dorrance Domain by Carolyn Wells
  6. That is what I call the proper thing. – Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders on the Great American Desert by Jessie Graham Flower
  7. She did everything the proper way. – How and When to Be Your Own Doctor by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon
  8. However, understand that I want you to do whatever you consider right and proper – Paddy Finn by W. H. G. Kingston
  9. And she may even be able to see it some day with proper care." – Madge Morton's Trust by Amy D. V. Chalmers
  10. Ueberbein would not think it proper to mention anything of that sort to me. – Royal Highness by Thomas Mann
  11. Away- appear no more before me, till you have learned to speak what it is proper for me to hear. – A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe
  12. She's the proper person to take charge of you. – Loyal to the School by Angela Brazil
  13. Looking always what was proper her father looked now still more surprised than interested. – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  14. And what the principal and the head teacher have said just now are fit and proper – Botchan (Master Darling) by Mr. Kin-nosuke Natsume, trans. by Yasotaro Morri
  15. So I don't see why it is not proper to call it paper. – Rollo's Museum by Jacob Abbott
  16. Come and kiss us both in a proper manner. – Kitty Trenire by Mabel Quiller-Couch
  17. Mr. Randolph, this is no proper place for the child to be. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  18. This was the proper shop to come to. – The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  19. You are a white man and mean to take the proper line. – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  20. Th' chances are they was in th' chase, Mr. Quentin, but they didn't get th' proper direction. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon