Definitions for PROPERˈprɒp ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prop•erˈprɒp ər(adj.)

  1. adapted or appropriate to the purpose or circumstances; suitable.

  2. conforming to established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous.

  3. fitting; right.

  4. belonging or pertaining exclusively to a person, thing, or group.

  5. strict; accurate.

  6. in the strict sense (usu. used postpositively):

    Shellfish do not belong to the fishes proper.

  7. normal or regular.

  8. belonging to oneself or itself; own.

  9. Chiefly Brit. complete; thorough:

    a proper thrashing.

    Category: British

  10. Eccles. used only on a particular day or festival.

    Category: Religion

  11. Math. (of a subset of a set) not equal to the whole set.

    Category: Math

  12. (adv.)Chiefly Dial. thoroughly; completely.

    Category: Informal

  13. (n.)Eccles. a special office or special parts of an office appointed for a particular day or time.

    Category: Religion

Origin of proper:

1250–1300; ME propre < OF < L proprius one's own


Princeton's WordNet

  1. proper(adj)

    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

    "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"

  2. proper(a)(adj)

    having all the qualities typical of the thing specified

    "wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack"; "he finally has a proper job"

  3. proper(ip)(adj)

    limited to the thing specified

    "the city proper"; "his claim is connected with the deed proper"

  4. proper, right(adj)

    appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs

    "everything in its proper place"; "the right man for the job"; "she is not suitable for the position"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. proper(adjective)ˈprɒp ər

    correct or appropriate

    Try to use the proper scientific terms.

  2. properˈprɒp ər

    behaving according to social rules

    My grandmother was very proper.


  1. proper(Adverb)

    properly; thoroughly; completely

  2. proper(Adjective)


  3. proper(Adjective)

    Possessed, related.

  4. proper(Adjective)

    Accurate, strictly applied.

  5. Origin: From proper, propre, propre (French: propre), and their source, proprius.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proper(adj)

    belonging to one; one's own; individual

  2. Proper(adj)

    belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites

  3. Proper(adj)

    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

  4. Proper(adj)

    becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome

  5. Proper(adj)

    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

  6. Proper(adj)

    rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper

  7. Proper(adj)

    represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge

  8. Proper(adverb)

    properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good


  1. Proper

    The Proper is a part of the Christian liturgy that varies according to the date, either representing an observance within the Liturgical Year, or of a particular saint or significant event. The term is used in contrast to the ordinary, which is that part of the liturgy that is reasonably constant, or at least selected without regard to date, or to the common, which contains those parts of the liturgy that are common to an entire category of saints, such as Apostles or Martyrs. Propers may include hymns and prayers in the Canonical Hours and in the Eucharist.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PROPER' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1730

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PROPER' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1016

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PROPER' in Adjectives Frequency: #196

Anagrams of PROPER

  1. per pro

Translations for PROPER

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


right, correct, or suitable

That isn't the proper way to clean the windows; You should have done your schoolwork at the proper time; – it's too late to start now.

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