- 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 promiscuously
That year, among the many Double Golds promiscuously handed out to various bourbons, one went to Old Grand Dad.The Cult of Pappy van Winkle
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They sit down as they list, promiscuously, like a crowd, and all armed.Tacitus on Germany
Shall the unworthy be promiscuously admitted to its privileges?Bertha and Her Baptism
She had read voraciously and promiscuously one subject after another.Democracy An American Novel
Through other; one thing blended with the other, promiscuously.Letters of Samuel Rutherford
Here we took our temporary abode—men and women, promiscuously.Fifty Years in Chains
- 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 promiscuously
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.