- 1Having or characterized by many transient sexual relationships: she’s a wild, promiscuous, good-time girl promiscuous behaviourMore example sentences
licentious, sexually indiscriminate, immoral, unchaste, debauched, dissolute, dissipated, profligate, of easy virtue, fast; libertine, wanton, abandoned, unrestrained, uncontrolled, incontinentNorth American • informal roundheeledWest Indian • informal slack• archaic light• rare riggish
- If the girl was deemed promiscuous, became pregnant, or could not keep a job, she could be returned to the reform school.
- The only reason he turned her down is because this rumor got started that Christy was the most promiscuous girl at our school.
- After many years of directing my own sexual education in Paris, I came to see myself as a ‘liberated woman,’ or what some perhaps would call a promiscuous adventurer.
- 2Demonstrating or implying an unselective approach; indiscriminate or casual: the city fathers were promiscuous with their honoursMore example sentences
- As the American houses have seduced corporate Britain, so companies have become more promiscuous in their search for intelligence.
- There's a difference between being promiscuous and making serious strategic bets that may be the cause for regrets.
- 2.1Consisting of a wide range of different things: Americans are free to choose from a promiscuous array of valuesMore example sentences
- To me, there seems something promiscuous about his geographical range: it looks as though he is looking for battles to fight.
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- In 1984, Marxist theorist Frederic Jameson lamented the eruption of a new style of painting that borrowed promiscuously from history and mythology was yet another symptom of a malaise rooted in the emergence of consumer capitalism.
- While trademarks may sometimes lose protection if they become used promiscuously, copyrighted works remain protected no matter how publicly they're distributed.
- We recognize that wise statesmen resist the temptation to use power promiscuously, and we stress the virtues of prudence, and self-restraint, in foreign policy.
early 17th century: from Latin promiscuus 'indiscriminate', (based on miscere 'to mix') + -ous. The early sense was 'consisting of elements mixed together', giving rise to 'indiscriminate' and 'undiscriminating', whence the notion of 'casual'.