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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɑ.pɚ.li/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɒ.pə.li/
- (colloquial or dialectal) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɒp.li/
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- Hyphenation: prop‧er‧ly
- in a proper manner, appropriately, suitably; correctly, justifiably
- 2011 December 16, Denis Campbell, “Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients'”, in Guardian:
- Hospitals are failing to care properly for the growing number of people with dementia, according to an NHS-funded report, which has prompted demands for big improvements to help patients.
- (colloquial) Entirely; extremely; thoroughly.
- I was properly tired after that party.
- (obsolete) individually; in one's own manner
- 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Wyfe of Bathes Prologue”, in The Canterbury Tales, [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125; republished in [William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed, […], [London]: […] [Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes […], 1542, OCLC 932884868:
- Now herkenyth how I bar me properly.
in a proper manner