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adjective British English pronunciation: proper /ˈprɒpə(r)/

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  1. 1
    [only before noun] suitable for the purpose or situation

    You have to have the proper tools for the job.

    That's not the proper way to do it!

    The problem was they didn't have a proper place to rehearse.

    proper procedures:

    Councillors went against their own officers and ignored proper procedures.

  2. 2
    considered to be morally good

    I don't think it would be proper for me to say any more.

    I'm sure you will all agree that this is the only proper course of action.

    right and proper:

    It's only right and proper that his family should be present.

  3. 3
    considered to be real or serious

    When are you going to get a proper job?

    Start the day with a proper breakfast.

    He needs proper medical care.

  4. 5
    [never before noun] understood in its most exact meaning

    Does he live in Swansea proper or in the suburbs?

  5. 6
    informal complete in every detail

    He's only six, but he's already a proper little gentleman.

  6. 7
    formal belonging to a particular type of thing
    proper to:

    a style of architecture proper to the period

mom jeans

a style of loose-fitting jeans with a high waist, often considered unfashionable

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