Proper in Spanish | English to Spanish Translation and Dictionary
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proper
[ˈprɒpə(r)]
adjective
1. correcto(a) (correct); verdadero(a) (real)
  • he isn't a proper doctor no es médico de verdad
  • to get a proper night's sleep dormir bien toda la noche
  • we're still not in London proper todavía no estamos en Londres propiamente dicho
  • proper name (gramática) nombre (m) propio
  • proper noun (gramática) nombre (m) propio
2. adecuado(a), apropiado(a) (appropriate) (time, place)
3. (characteristic)
  • proper to propio(a) de
4. (familiar) (for emphasis)
  • we're in a proper mess estamos en un buen lío (británico)
  • he's a proper fool es un idiota de tomo y lomo
proper [ˈprɒpəʳ]
adjective
1 (right, suitable) [+equipment, tools] apropiado; adecuado
that's not really the proper tool for the job esa no es la herramienta apropiada or adecuada para el trabajo
at the proper time en el momento oportuno
that's not the proper way to do it así no se hace
you'll have to apply for a permit in the proper way tendrás que solicitar el permiso por las vías establecidas
2 (correct)
it was the proper thing to say fue lo que había que decir
do as you think proper haz lo que te parezca bien
in the proper way the banns have been published in the proper way
I thought it proper to inform you pensé que debía informarte
3 (actual, real) propiamente dicho
in the city proper en la ciudad propiamente dicha; en la ciudad en sí; he's never had a proper job nunca ha tenido un trabajo serio; forget nouvelle cuisine, give me proper food, any day olvida la nueva cocina, dame todos los días comida como Dios manda
I'm not a proper Londoner have you been to a proper doctor?
in the proper sense of the word en el sentido estricto de la palabra
4 (complete, downright) verdadero
I felt a proper idiot me sentí como un perfecto or verdadero idiota; we got a proper beating nos dieron una paliza de las buenas
it's a proper nuisance he left the place in a proper mess
5 (seemly) [+person, behaviour] correcto
it wasn't considered proper for a man to show his emotions no se consideraba correcto or no estaba bien visto que un hombre mostrase sus emociones
it's not proper to appear too eager she was very proper
6 (prim and proper) correcto y formal
7 (peculiar, characteristic) propio;to de
the music's slow sinuosities and plangent rhythms, proper to his difficult theme they are afraid of the disengagement proper to extreme youth or extreme old age it is one of the ways of imagination proper to psychology Her habitual decorum, which she considered proper to her role as secretary Work proper to the season was going on in the fields
adverb
(Britain)
he was proper upset about it estaba verdaderamente or realmente disgustado por ello; she's a proper stuck-up young lady es una joven bien creída
modifier
proper fraction (n) (Mat) fracción (f) propia
proper name proper noun (n) nombre (m) propio
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