- (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.
Origin of proper
Synonyms for proper
Examples from the Web for properly
Contemporary Examples of 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?
January 4, 2015
Apparently, the company “failed to properly test its systems.”Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon
December 27, 2014
But the phrase “made it” does not properly describe Pomplamoose.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
And the CDC team that arrived to ensure they were properly trained and equipped found them in no need of moxie and dedication.Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers
October 17, 2014
As his website notes: “One properly designed electric-drive vehicle can put out over 10kW, the average draw of 10 houses.”Adding Vehicles to the Grid
The Daily Beast
October 8, 2014
Historical Examples of properly
She was properly presented; but as yet she has had no success at all.'Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
If these are properly looked after, they may be kept for some time.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
If it is properly put together it will remain rigid and unyielding.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
I was glad to see that her neck and arms were properly covered.In the Valley
To whom could she so properly confide this important secret?Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
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.