Definitions of proper

  1. having all the qualities typical of the thing specified; " wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack"; " he finally has a proper job"
  2. limited to the thing specified; " the city proper"; " his claim is connected with the deed proper"
  3. Belonging to one; one's own; individual.
  4. Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites.
  5. 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.
  6. Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome.
  7. 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.
  8. Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper.
  9. Represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge.
  10. Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. One's own; fit; correct; belonging.
  14. Fit; becoming; correct.
  15. Naturally belonging to a person or thing; one's own.
  16. Belonging, as a name, to a single individual.
  17. Own; peculiar; particularly suited to; noting an individual; fit or suitable; correct; well- formed.
  18. 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.