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- proper n. An English surname
- proper n. A rare male given name transferred from the surname.
- proper n. A detective (from Sherlock Holmes), especially used ironically to address somebody who has stated the obvious.
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- n. someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
Supposedly from an Old English scir-lock "bright-lock". One of a group of surnames originally denoting hair colour, parallel to Blacklock, Harlock (har "grey"), Silverlock. (Wiktionary)