- (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.
- excellent; capital; fine.
- good-looking or handsome.
- propenyl group,
- proper adjective,
- proper fasciculus,
- proper fraction,
- proper function,
- proper motion
Origin of proper
Examples from the Web for properly
Had they been properly trained, they could and should have flown themselves safely out of the emergency.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Apparently, the company “failed to properly test its systems.”
But the phrase “made it” does not properly describe Pomplamoose.
And the CDC team that arrived to ensure they were properly trained and equipped found them in no need of moxie and dedication.
As his website notes: “One properly designed electric-drive vehicle can put out over 10kW, the average draw of 10 houses.”
By properly boiling the liquid and filtering it, you can obtain from it a perfectly transparent beef-tea.Fragments of science, V. 1-2|John Tyndall
Doubtless it often included other elements besides that to which it was properly applied.Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations|Archibald Sayce
She could be really engaging sometimes, when she was happy and amused, and properly dressed.Lady Connie|Mrs. Humphry Ward
And your mother should be where she can see that you are properly dressed, fed, and cared for.A Girl Of The Limberlost|Gene Stratton Porter
Properly a parrot; applied in England to the green wood-pecker (Gecinus viridis).
Word Origin for proper
c.1300, "adapted to some purpose, fit, apt; commendable, excellent" (sometimes ironic), from Old French propre "own, particular; exact, neat, fitting, appropriate" (11c.), from Latin proprius "one's own, particular to itself," from pro privo "for the individual, in particular," from ablative of privus "one's own, individual" (see private (adj.)) + pro "for" (see pro-). Related: Properly.
From early 14c. as "belonging or pertaining to oneself; individual; intrinsic;" from mid-14c. as "pertaining to a person or thing in particular, special, specific; distinctive, characteristic;" also "what is by the rules, correct, appropriate, acceptable." From early 15c. as "separate, distinct; itself." Meaning "socially appropriate, decent, respectable" is first recorded 1704. Proper name "name belonging to or relating to the person or thing in question," is from late 13c., a sense also preserved in astronomical proper motion (c.1300). Proper noun is from c.1500.