Meaning of “proper” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective uk us /ˈprɒpər/
CORRECT [ always before noun ]

B1 correct or suitable:

the proper way to do something
Please put those books back in the proper place.
REAL [ always before noun ] mainly UK

B1 real and satisfactory:

his first proper job
You should eat some proper food instead of just sweets.

socially acceptable:

It's not proper to interrupt someone when they're speaking.
MAIN [ always after noun ]

referring to the main or most important part of something:

I live outside Cambridge - I don't live in the city proper.

(Definition of “proper” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)