promiscuous

[pruh-mis-kyoo-uhs]
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adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. prominent,
  2. prominent heel,
  3. prominent moth,
  4. prominently,
  5. promiscuity,
  6. promise,
  7. promised land,
  8. promisee,
  9. promising,
  10. promisingly

Origin of promiscuous

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

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

ANTONYMS FOR promiscuous
1, 2. pure. 3. selective.

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British Dictionary definitions for promiscuously

promiscuous

adjective

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 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 promiscuously

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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