promiscuous

[pruh-mis-kyoo-uhs]
adjective
1.
characterized by or involving indiscriminate mingling or association, especially having sexual relations with a number of partners on a casual basis.
2.
consisting of parts, elements, or individuals of different kinds brought together without order.
3.
indiscriminate; without discrimination.
4.
casual; irregular; haphazard.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin prōmiscuus mixed up, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + misc(ēre) to mix + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; see -ous

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.
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promiscuous (prəˈmɪskjʊəs)
 
adj
1.  indulging in casual and indiscriminate sexual relationships
2.  consisting of a number of dissimilar parts or elements mingled in a confused or indiscriminate manner
3.  indiscriminate in selection
4.  casual or heedless
 
[C17: from Latin prōmiscuus indiscriminate, from pro-1 + miscēre to mix]
 
pro'miscuously
 
adv
 
pro'miscuousness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

promiscuous
c.1600, "consisting of a disorderly mixture of people or things," from L. promiscuus "mixed, indiscriminate," from pro- "forward" + miscere "to mix" (see mix). Meaning "indiscriminate in sexual relations" first recorded 1900, from promiscuity (1849, "indiscriminate mixture;"
sexual sense 1865), from Fr. promiscuité, from L. promiscuus.
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Example sentences
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.
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