proper

[ prop-er ]
/ ˈprɒp ər /
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adjective

adverb

Informal. thoroughly; completely.

noun

Ecclesiastical. a special office or special parts of an office appointed for a particular day or time.

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Origin of proper

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English propre, from Old French, from Latin proprius “one's own”

OTHER WORDS FROM proper

prop·er·ly, adverbprop·er·ness, nounun·prop·er, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for proper

proper
/ (ˈprɒpə) /

adjective

adverb

British dialect (intensifier)he's proper stupid
good and proper informal thoroughlyto get drunk good and proper

noun

the parts of the Mass that vary according to the particular day or feast on which the Mass is celebratedCompare ordinary (def. 10)

Derived forms of proper

properly, adverbproperness, noun

Word Origin for proper

C13: via Old French from Latin prōprius special
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