A proper lady; a proper gentleman.
An example of proper used as an adjective is a proper gesture, such as putting ones napkin in your lap before eating.
The proper form for a business letter.
The town proper, excluding the suburbs.
Wanted a proper dinner, not just a snack.
A proper whipping.
Beat the eggs good and proper.
The proper tool for a job.
Weather proper to April.
A proper spelling.
“the proper Bostonians”
The population of Chicago proper (i.e., apart from its suburbs)
A proper scoundrel.
- Excellent, of high quality; such as the specific person or thing should ideally be. (Now often merged with later senses.) [from 14th c.].Now that was a proper breakfast.
- When I realized I was wearing my shirt inside out, I felt a proper fool.
An example of something done proper is a science project finished correctly and all the way through, completed good and proper.
The proper knife for cutting bread; not a proper moment for a joke.