- (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.
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Origin of proper
OTHER WORDS FROM properprop·er·ly, adverbprop·er·ness, nounun·prop·er, adjectiveun·prop·er·ly, adverb
Example sentences from the Web for proper
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).