right, appropriate or correct; according to the rules
We should have had a proper discussion before voting.
Please follow the proper procedures for dealing with complaints.
Nothing is in its proper place.
that you consider to be real and of a good enough standard
Eat some proper food, not just toast and jam!
When are you going to get a proper job?
socially and morally acceptable
It is right and proper that parents take responsibility for their children's attendance at school.
The development was planned without proper regard to the interests of local people.
He is always perfectly proper in his behaviour.
according to the most exact meaning of the word
The celebrations proper always begin on the last stroke of midnight.
We're in a proper mess now.
belonging to a particular type of thing; natural in a particular situation or place
They should be treated with the dignity proper to all individuals created by God.
That's messed things up good and proper.