HyperDic: proper

English > 4 senses of the word proper:
ADJECTIVEallpropermarked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
allproperhaving all the qualities typical of the thing specified
allproperlimited to the thing specified
allproper, rightappropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs
proper > pronunciation
Soundspraa'per
Rhymesasper ... zipper: 139 rhymes with per...
English > proper: 4 senses > adjective 1
Meaningmarked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness.
Examples
  • "proper medical treatment"
  • "proper manners"
Attribute ofpropriety, properness, correctitudecorrect or appropriate behavior
Narrowerbecoming, comely, comme il faut, decorous, seemlyaccording with custom or propriety
correct, rightsocially right or correct
correct, rightIn accord / accord with accepted standards of usage / usage or procedure
fitting, decentIn harmony with the spirit of particular persons or occasion
halalProper or legitimate / legitimate
kosherProper or legitimate / legitimate
priggish, prim, prissy, prudish, puritanical, square-toed, straitlaced, strait-laced, straightlaced, straight-laced, tight-laced, victorianexaggeratedly proper
See alsoappropriateSuitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
correct, rightFree from error
decentconforming to conventions of sexual behavior
decorousCharacterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct
rightIn conformance with justice or law or morality
Oppositeimpropernot suitable or right or appropriate
Spanishapropiado
Catalanapropiat
Nounspropernesscorrect or appropriate behavior
Adverbsproperlyin the right manner
properlyin an appropriate manner
English > proper: 4 senses > adjective 2
MeaningHaving all the qualities typical of the thing specified.
Examples
  • "wanted a proper dinner
  • "he finally has a proper job"
Broaderrealno less than what is stated
English > proper: 4 senses > adjective 3
MeaningLimited to the thing specified.
Examples
  • "the city proper"
  • "his claim is connected with the deed proper"
Broaderspecific(sometimes followed by 'to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique
Spanishpropio
Catalanpropi
English > proper: 4 senses > adjective 4
MeaningAppropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs.
Example"everything in its proper place"
Synonymright
BroaderappropriateSuitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
Spanishacertado, adecuado, apropiado, apto, auténtico, capaz, conveniente, correcto, decente, idóneo, indicado
Catalanadequat, adient, apropiat, apte, capaç, encertat, escaient, idoni, indicat
Nounspropernesscorrect or appropriate behavior
Adverbsproperlyin the right manner
properlyin an appropriate manner

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