proper

[ prop-er ]
/ ˈprɒp ər /

adjective

adverb

Informal. thoroughly; completely.

noun

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

Origin of proper

1250–1300; Middle English propre < Old French < Latin proprius one's own

Related forms

prop·er·ly, adverbprop·er·ness, nounun·prop·er, adjectiveun·prop·er·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for properness

  • His properness qualifies him, and of that a good leg; for his head he has little use but to keep it bare.

    Microcosmography|John Earle

British Dictionary definitions for properness

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

properly, adverbproperness, noun

Word Origin for proper

C13: via Old French from Latin prōprius special
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