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[pruh-mis-kyoo-uh s] /prəˈmɪs kyu əs/
characterized by or involving indiscriminate mingling or association, especially having sexual relations with a number of partners on a casual basis.
consisting of parts, elements, or individuals of different kinds brought together without order.
indiscriminate; without discrimination.
casual; irregular; haphazard.
Origin of promiscuous
1595-1605; < Latin prōmiscuus mixed up, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + misc(ēre) to mix + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; see -ous
Related forms
promiscuously, adverb
promiscuousness, noun
hyperpromiscuous, adjective
hyperpromiscuously, adverb
hyperpromiscuousness, noun
nonpromiscuous, adjective
nonpromiscuously, adverb
nonpromiscuousness, noun
unpromiscuous, adjective
unpromiscuously, adverb
unpromiscuousness, noun
1. unchaste. 2. hodgepodge, confused, mixed, jumbled. See miscellaneous. 3. careless.
1, 2. pure. 3. selective. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for promiscuous
  • Another meaningless, promiscuous partnership, another excuse for a press release.
  • promiscuous pillaging, however, was discouraged and punished.
  • The word one might choose to describe this riot of enthusiasms and contradictions would be promiscuous.
  • By the standards of the day, he was fantastically promiscuous.
  • It bears no exclusive relation to aesthetic experience, which is promiscuous and wordless.
  • Chimpanzees and bonobos, both equally related to us, are promiscuous.
  • Network interfaces operating in promiscuous mode can see traffic that is not addressed to them.
  • The problem is, many drugs are promiscuous, interacting with multiple different channels.
  • But there is another way for coalitions to govern-not by selection but by promiscuous inclusion.
  • Say there's somebody who thinks they're too promiscuous.
British Dictionary definitions for promiscuous


indulging in casual and indiscriminate sexual relationships
consisting of a number of dissimilar parts or elements mingled in a confused or indiscriminate manner
indiscriminate in selection
casual or heedless
Derived Forms
promiscuously, adverb
promiscuousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin prōmiscuus indiscriminate, from pro-1 + miscēre to mix
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Word Origin and History for promiscuous

c.1600, people or things, "mingled confusedly, grouped together without order, consisting of a disorderly mix; indiscriminate," from Latin promiscuus "mixed, indiscriminate, in common, without distinction," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + miscere "to mix" (see mix (v.)). Meaning "indiscriminate in sexual relations" recorded by 1857, from promiscuity. The Latin adjective was used with conubia (e.g. between patricians and plebeians). Related: Promiscuously.

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