from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by appropriateness or suitability; fitting: the proper knife for cutting bread; not a proper moment for a joke.
- adj. Called for by rules or conventions; correct: the proper form for a business letter.
- adj. Strictly following rules or conventions, especially in social behavior; seemly: a proper lady; a proper gentleman.
- adj. Belonging to one; own: restored to his proper shape by the magician.
- adj. Characteristically belonging to the being or thing in question; peculiar: an optical effect proper to fluids.
- adj. Being within the strictly limited sense, as of a term designating something: the town proper, excluding the suburbs.
- adj. Ecclesiastical For use in the liturgy of a particular feast or season of the year.
- adj. Mathematics Of or relating to a subset of a given set when the set has at least one element not in the subset.
- adj. Worthy of the name; true: wanted a proper dinner, not just a snack.
- adj. Out-and-out; thorough: a proper whipping.
- adv. Thoroughly: beat the eggs good and proper.
- n. Ecclesiastical The parts of the liturgy that vary according to the particular feast or season of the year.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Suitable.
- adj. Possessed, related.
- adj. Accurate, strictly applied.
- adv. properly; thoroughly; completely
- adv. properly
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Belonging to one; one's own; individual.
- adj. Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular.
- adj. Befitting one's nature, qualities, etc.; suitable in all respect; appropriate; right; fit; decent
- adj. Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome.
- adj. Pertaining to one of a species, but not common to the whole; not appellative; -- opposed to
- adj. Rightly so called; strictly considered
- adj. Represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge.
- adv. Properly; hence, to a great degree; very.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Special; peculiar; belonging to a species or individual and to nothing else; springing from the peculiar nature of a given species or individual; particularly suited to or befitting one's nature; natural; original.
- Belonging to one; one's own.
- Fit; suitable; appropriate.
- According to recognized usage; correct; just: as, a proper word; a proper expression.
- Rightly so called, named, or described; taken in a strict sense: in this sense usually following the noun: as, the apes proper belong to the Old World; no shell-fish are fishes proper.
- Decent; correct in behavior; respectable; such as should be: as, proper conduct.
- Well-formed; good-looking; personable; handsome; also, physically strong or active.
- In heraldry, having its natural color or colors: said of any object used as a bearing: thus, a coil of rope proper is represented brown, and the spiral lines of the cordage are indicated.
- In liturgics, used only on a particular day or festival, or during a particular octave or season: as, the proper introit; a proper preface; proper psalms.
- Fine; pretty: said ironically of what is absurd or objectionable.
- Becoming; deserved.
- Synonyms Particular, individual, specific.
- 3 and Fitting, befitting, meet, seemly, becoming, legitimate.
- n. That which is set apart to special or individual use.
- n. A property in the logical sense.
- Properly; very; exceedingly.
- To appropriate.
- To make proper; adorn.
- In geometry, not figurative; not at infinity: as, proper points.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having all the qualities typical of the thing specified
- adj. marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
- adj. limited to the thing specified
- adj. appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs
Middle English propre, from Old French, from Latin proprius; see per1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman proper, propre, Old French propre (French: propre), and their source, Latin proprius. (Wiktionary)