prop|er1 W2S1 [ˈprɔpə US ˈpra:pər] adj
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: propre, from Latin proprius 'own']
1.) [only before noun]
right, suitable, or correct
Everything was in its proper place (=where it should be) .
the proper way to clean your teeth
The proper name for Matthew's condition is hyperkinetic syndrome.
2.) socially or legally correct and acceptable
≠ ↑improper it is proper (for sb) to do sth
I don't feel that it would be proper for me to give you that information.
It is only right and proper that an independent inquiry should take place.
3.) [only before noun] BrE spoken real, or of a good and generally accepted standard
American Equivalent: decent, real
When are you going to settle down and get a proper job ?
Try to eat proper meals instead of fast-food takeaways.
4.) [only after noun]
the real or main part of something, not other parts before, after or near to it
The friendly chat which comes before the interview proper is intended to relax the candidate.
the city centre proper
5.) proper to sth formal
belonging to one particular type of thing
the reasoning abilities proper to our species
b) suitable for something
dressed in a way that was proper to the occasion
6.) [only before noun] BrE spoken complete
= ↑real
He's made a proper fool of himself this time!
7.) very polite, and careful to do what is socially correct
She was very formal and proper.
proper 2
proper2 adv BrE spoken
1.) good and proper
We beat 'em good and proper.
2.) used by some people to mean ↑properly, although most people think that this is incorrect

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