- 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
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Examples from the Web for promiscuous
War makes strange bedfellows and the U.S. has certainly been promiscuous before choosing its allies in past wars.America Has an Unannounced ISIS Strategy, And It Involves Iran
September 6, 2014
This “promiscuous” invocation of religious freedom would deny equal rights to those with different religious convictions—or none.How ‘Religious Freedom’ Is Hurting Everyone’s Freedom
March 5, 2014
The actress described her character, Edie, as a “singular voice on the show” who was colorful and promiscuous.Nicollette Sheridan Testifies Marc Cherry Hit Her ‘Upside the Head’
Maria Elena Fernandez
March 2, 2012
The Republicans are suffering from what Bill Maher recently dubbed a “promiscuous” problem with our candidates.Why Is Herman Cain Winning?
October 3, 2011
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
As to his relations with women, they appeared to have been promiscuous but superficial.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
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.The Real Thing and Other Tales
- 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
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.