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Propper vs. Proper: Mastering the Correct Spelling

By Aimie Carlson & Harlon Moss || Published on April 5, 2023

Which is correct: Propper or Proper

How to spell Proper?

Propper is Incorrect

Proper is Correct


Proper Definitions

Characterized by appropriateness or suitability; fitting
The proper knife for cutting bread.
Not a proper moment for a joke.
Called for by rules or conventions; correct
The proper form for a business letter.
Strictly following rules or conventions, especially in social behavior; seemly
A proper lady.
A proper gentleman.
Belonging to one; own
Restored to his proper shape by the magician.
Characteristically belonging to the being or thing in question; peculiar
An optical effect proper to fluids.
Being within the strictly limited sense, as of a term designating something
The town proper, excluding the suburbs.
(Ecclesiastical) For use in the liturgy of a particular feast or season of the year.
(Mathematics) Of or relating to a subset of a given set when the set has at least one element not in the subset.
Worthy of the name; true
Wanted a proper dinner, not just a snack.
Out-and-out; thorough
A proper whipping.
Beat the eggs good and proper.
The portion of the liturgy that varies according to the particular feast or season of the year.
Suited or acceptable to the purpose or circumstances; fit, suitable.
The proper time to plant potatoes
Following the established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous.
A very proper young lady
Possessed, related.
(grammar) Used to designate a particular person, place, or thing. Proper nouns are usually written with an initial capital letter.
Pertaining exclusively to a specific thing or person; particular.
In the strict sense; within the strict definition or core (of a specified place, taxonomic order, idea, etc).
Belonging to oneself or itself; own.
Proper motion — proper left — proper right
(heraldry) Portrayed in natural or usual coloration, as opposed to conventional tinctures.
(mathematics) Being strictly part of some other thing (not necessarily explicitly mentioned, but of definitional importance), and not being the thing itself.
Proper subset — proper ideal
Eigen-; designating a function or value which is an eigenfunction or eigenvalue.
Accurate, strictly applied.
Excellent, of high quality; such as the specific person or thing should ideally be. (Now often merged with later senses.)
Now that was a proper breakfast.
Attractive, elegant.
In the very strictest sense of the word.
Utter, complete.
When I realized I was wearing my shirt inside out, I felt a proper fool.
Properly; thoroughly; completely.
(obsolete) Something set apart for a special use.
(Christianity) A part of the Christian liturgy that varies according to the date.
Belonging to one; one's own; individual.
Now learn the difference, at your proper cost,Betwixt true valor and an empty boast.
Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites.
Those high and peculiar attributes . . . which constitute our proper humanity.
Befitting one's nature, qualities, etc.; suitable in all respect; appropriate; right; fit; decent; as, water is the proper element for fish; a proper dress.
The proper study of mankind is man.
In Athens all was pleasure, mirth, and play,All proper to the spring, and sprightly May.
Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome.
Moses . . . was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child.
Pertaining to one of a species, but not common to the whole; not appellative; - opposed to common; as, a proper name; Dublin is the proper name of a city.
Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper.
Represented in its natural color; - said of any object used as a charge.
Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.
Marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness;
Proper medical treatment
Proper manners
Limited to the thing specified;
The city proper
His claim is connected with the deed proper
Appropriate for a condition or occasion;
Everything in its proper place
The right man for the job
She is not suitable for the position
Having all the qualities typical of the thing specified;
Wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack
He finally has a proper job
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