Definition of promiscuous in English:

promiscuous

Line breaks: pro|mis¦cu|ous
Pronunciation: /prəˈmɪskjʊəs
 
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adjective

1Having or characterized by many transient sexual relationships: she’s a wild, promiscuous, good-time girl promiscuous behaviour
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  • 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.
Synonyms
licentious, sexually indiscriminate, immoral, unchaste, debauched, dissolute, dissipated, profligate, of easy virtue, fast;
libertine, wanton, abandoned, unrestrained, uncontrolled, incontinent
informal easy, swinging
North American informal roundheeled
West Indian informal slack
informal , derogatory sluttish, whorish, tarty, slaggy
dated loose, fallen
archaic light
rare riggish
2Demonstrating or implying an unselective approach; indiscriminate or casual: the city fathers were promiscuous with their honours
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  • 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.
Synonyms
indiscriminate, undiscriminating, unselective, random, irresponsible, haphazard, thoughtless, unthinking, unconsidered, casual, careless
2.1Consisting of a wide range of different things: Americans are free to choose from a promiscuous array of values
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  • To me, there seems something promiscuous about his geographical range: it looks as though he is looking for battles to fight.

Origin

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'.

Derivatives

promiscuously

adverb
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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.

promiscuousness

noun
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  • This human promiscuousness is, of course, just what city-haters detest.

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