Definitions of proper

  1. marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; " proper medical treatment"; " proper manners"
  2. having all the qualities typical of the thing specified; " wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack"; " he finally has a proper job"
  3. limited to the thing specified; " the city proper"; " his claim is connected with the deed proper"
  4. Belonging to one; one's own; individual.
  5. Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites.
  6. 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.
  7. Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome.
  8. 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.
  9. Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper.
  10. Represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge.
  11. Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.
  12. Properly.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. One's own; fit; correct; belonging.
  16. Fit; becoming; correct.
  17. Naturally belonging to a person or thing; one's own.
  18. Belonging, as a name, to a single individual.
  19. Own; peculiar; particularly suited to; noting an individual; fit or suitable; correct; well- formed.
  20. 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. And she may even be able to see it some day with proper care." – Madge Morton's Trust by Amy D. V. Chalmers
  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. This was the proper shop to come to. – The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  4. 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
  5. You are a white man and mean to take the proper line. – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  6. She's the proper person to take charge of you. – Loyal to the School by Angela Brazil
  7. A doan't reeghtly think as A'd get my rest proper wi'out my neeghtcaps. – The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays by Various
  8. I must- it's the only proper thing to do. – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
  9. That is what I call the proper thing. – Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders on the Great American Desert by Jessie Graham Flower
  10. She did everything the proper way. – How and When to Be Your Own Doctor by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon
  11. Mr. Randolph, this is no proper place for the child to be. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  12. Come and kiss us both in a proper manner. – Kitty Trenire by Mabel Quiller-Couch
  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. 1. What is a Proper Title? – Writing for Vaudeville by Brett Page
  15. Th' chances are they was in th' chase, Mr. Quentin, but they didn't get th' proper direction. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  16. Ueberbein would not think it proper to mention anything of that sort to me. – Royal Highness by Thomas Mann
  17. So I don't see why it is not proper to call it paper. – Rollo's Museum by Jacob Abbott
  18. 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