An example of promiscuous is a TV actress whose character is seen in bed with many different men.
- consisting of different elements mixed together or mingled without sorting or discrimination
- characterized by a lack of discrimination; specif., engaging in sexual intercourse indiscriminately or with many persons
- without plan or purpose; casual
Origin of promiscuousClassical Latin promiscuus from pro-, forth (see pro-) + miscere, to mix
- Having casual sexual relations frequently with different partners; indiscriminate in the choice of sexual partners.
- a. Lacking standards of selection; acting without careful judgment; indiscriminate: criticized him for being promiscuous in his friendships.b. Showing little forethought or critical judgment; casual: the promiscuous use of the word “populism.”
- Consisting of diverse, unrelated parts or individuals; confused: “Throngs promiscuous strew the level green” ( Alexander Pope )
- Biology Having a variety of functions, targets, or hosts; nonselective: promiscuous enzymes; promiscuous drugs; a promiscuous parasite.
Origin of promiscuousFrom Latin prōmiscuus possessed equally prō- intensive pref. ; see pro- 1. miscēre to mix ; see meik- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more promiscuous, superlative most promiscuous)
From Latin prÅmiscuus (“mixed, not separated"), from prÅ (“forth") + misceÅ (“mix").