Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

El diccionario y el tesauro de inglés online más consultados por estudiantes de inglés.

Definición de “proper” en inglés

See all translations

proper

adjective uk   /ˈprɒp.ər/ us    /ˈprɑː.pɚ/

proper adjective (REAL)

B1 [before noun] real, satisfactory, suitable, or correct: This is Sara's first proper job - she usually does temporary work just for the money. If you're going to walk those sort of distances you need proper walking boots. I would have done the job myself but I didn't have the proper equipment. I've had sandwiches but I haven't eaten a proper meal. She likes everything to be in its proper place.
More examples

proper adjective (SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE)

showing standards of behaviour that are socially and morally acceptable: [+ to infinitive] In those days it was considered not quite proper for young ladies to be seen talking to men in public. She was very proper, my grandmother - she'd never go out without wearing her hat and gloves.

proper adjective (MAIN)

[after noun] belonging to the main, most important, or typical part: It's a suburb of Manchester really - I wouldn't call it Manchester proper.

proper adjective (COMPLETE)

[before noun] UK informal complete: I've got myself into a proper mess!

proper

adverb uk   /ˈprɒp.ər/ us    /ˈprɑː.pɚ/ UK not standard
sometimes used instead of the adverb "properly" to describe how someone speaks: She was an educated lady so she talked proper.
(Definition of proper from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Más sobre la pronunciación de proper
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definiciones de “proper” en otros diccionarios

Palabra del día

bad/hard/tough luck

said to express sympathy with someone when something bad has happened to them

Palabra del día

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Aprende más 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Aprende más