- proper [präp′ər]adj.[ME propre < OFr < L proprius, one's own]1. specially adapted or suitable to a specific purpose or specific conditions; appropriate [the proper tool for a job]2. naturally belonging or peculiar (to) [weather proper to April]3. conforming to an accepted standard or to good usage; correct [a proper spelling]4. fitting; seemly; right [proper modesty]5. decent; decorous; genteel: often connoting exaggerated respectability [“the proper Bostonians”]6. understood in its most restricted sense; strictly so called: usually following the noun modified [the population of Chicago proper (i.e., apart from its suburbs)]7. [Chiefly Brit.] complete; thorough [a proper scoundrel]8. Now Chiefly Dial.a) fine; good; excellentb) handsome9. Eccles. reserved for a particular day or festival: said of prayers, rites, etc.10. Gram.a) designating a noun that names a specific individual, place, etc., that is not normally used with an article, and that is normally capitalized [“Donald,” “Rover,” and “Boston” are proper nouns, sometimes called proper names]: opposed to COMMONb) designating an adjective formed from a proper noun, as Bostonian11. Heraldry represented in its natural form or colorsadv.Dial.1. completely; thoroughly2. properly; correctlyn.[often P-] Eccles.1. the special office or prayers for a particular day or festival2. those parts of the Mass which vary according to the particular day or festivalSYN.- FIT1properlyadv.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.