Meaning of proper
Pronunciation: (prop'ur), [key]
- adapted or appropriate to the purpose or circumstances; fit; suitable: the proper time to plant strawberries.
- conforming to established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous: a very proper young man.
- fitting; right: It was only proper to bring a gift.
- strictly belonging or applicable: the proper place for a stove.
- belonging or pertaining exclusively or distinctly to a person, thing, or group.
- strict; accurate.
- in the strict sense of the word (usually used postpositively): Shellfish do not belong to the fishes proper. Is the school within Boston proper or in the suburbs?
- a proper adjective.
- (of a name, noun, or adjective) designating a particular person or thing and written in English with an initial capital letter, as Joan, Chicago, Monday, American.
- having the force or function of a proper name:a proper adjective.
- normal or regular.
- belonging to oneself or itself; own.
- complete or thorough: a proper thrashing.
- used only on a particular day or festival: the proper introit.
- (of a device) depicted in its natural colors: an oak tree proper.
- excellent; capital; fine.
- good-looking or handsome.
- (of a subset of a set) not equal to the whole set.
- of good character; respectable.
- thoroughly; completely.
- a special office or special parts of an office appointed for a particular day or time.
- proper (Thesaurus)