promiscuous

[pruh-mis-kyoo-uhs]
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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 of promiscuous

1595–1605; < Latin prōmiscuus mixed up, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + misc(ēre) to mix + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; see -ous
Related formspro·mis·cu·ous·ly, adverbpro·mis·cu·ous·ness, nounhy·per·pro·mis·cu·ous, adjectivehy·per·pro·mis·cu·ous·ly, adverbhy·per·pro·mis·cu·ous·ness, nounnon·pro·mis·cu·ous, adjectivenon·pro·mis·cu·ous·ly, adverbnon·pro·mis·cu·ous·ness, nounun·pro·mis·cu·ous, adjectiveun·pro·mis·cu·ous·ly, adverbun·pro·mis·cu·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms for promiscuous

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1. unchaste. 2. hodgepodge, confused, mixed, jumbled. See miscellaneous. 3. careless.

Antonyms for promiscuous

1, 2. pure. 3. selective.
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Examples from the Web for promiscuous

Contemporary Examples of promiscuous

Historical Examples of promiscuous

  • Camille was there, dispensing its promiscuous hospitality to men who ate like pigs.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • It is lawful for the body to have its desires and its loves, but not to be promiscuous and unfaithful.

    The Golden Fountain

    Lilian Staveley

  • As to his relations with women, they appeared to have been promiscuous but superficial.

  • But this is all promiscuous: I an't talkin of the survants now, but the masters.

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • “I take all the risks, I take all the risks,” the editor of the Promiscuous repeated.


British Dictionary definitions for promiscuous

promiscuous

adjective
  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
Derived Formspromiscuously, adverbpromiscuousness, noun

Word Origin for promiscuous

C17: from Latin prōmiscuus indiscriminate, from pro- 1 + miscēre to mix
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Word Origin and History for promiscuous
adj.

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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