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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. limited to the thing specified; "the city proper"; "his claim is connected with the deed proper" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Belonging to one; one's own; individual. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. One's own; fit; correct; belonging. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Fit; becoming; correct. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Naturally belonging to a person or thing; one's own. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Belonging, as a name, to a single individual. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Own; peculiar; particularly suited to; noting an individual; fit or suitable; correct; well-formed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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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