Definition of indiscreet in English:



  • Having, showing, or proceeding from too great a readiness to reveal things that should remain private or secret.

    ‘they have been embarrassed by indiscreet friends’
    • ‘Florence, unfortunately, was careless and indiscreet.’
    • ‘He could be inspirational and caring, but also oppressive and indiscreet.’
    • ‘He flaunted and dramatised his homosexuality in his life and work and became ever more recklessly indiscreet.’
    • ‘In the ordinary course of events, to hold a wedding ceremony is a purely private matter that admits of no indiscreet remarks from other people.’
    • ‘He wasn't misunderstood, he didn't just make some indiscreet comment without thinking.’
    • ‘This could have meant he was worried about being indiscreet, or it could have meant he was late for a meeting or something else.’
    • ‘Two strangers stand waiting at a bus stop, awkwardly failing in their attempts to cast indiscreet glances at one another.’
    • ‘As ever, she was delightfully indiscreet and, unheard of amongst politicians, insisted on picking up the bill.’
    • ‘However, it is irresponsible for them to show such an indiscreet attitude to curry favor with voters.’
    • ‘It has caused unintended movements, indiscreet communications and unwise decisions on the part of the terrorists.’
    • ‘I hadn't even paid much attention to him - until one afternoon, when someone told me a highly indiscreet story involving him and another boy.’
    • ‘I asked her if that was what she had meant by private, but not indiscreet.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I probably know a little bit too much about it, and I really don't want to be indiscreet.’
    • ‘Unless he is unhinged, no politician in a modern democracy reveals any indiscreet biases in public.’
    • ‘Now he is indiscreet only about his profession.’
    • ‘The remarks, although indiscreet, were far less damaging than those that had been publicised in rival papers through the week.’
    • ‘That was indiscreet, but you'd have to be very naïve not to imagine that there are a lot of implicit quid pro quos out there.’
    • ‘Even if you are not indiscreet on your blog, you could become so - but if you don't have a blog, you couldn't possibly start one and therefore never be indiscreet.’
    • ‘Giving an after dinner speech to, of all things, a public school old boys' soccer club he was arrogantly indiscreet, revealing numerous confidential FA matters.’
    • ‘What she will say is that her new relationship is only just blossoming, so she doesn't want to nip it in the bud by being indiscreet.’
    imprudent, impolitic, unwise, injudicious, incautious, irresponsible
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Late Middle English (originally as indiscrete in the sense ‘lacking discernment or judgement’): from late Latin indiscretus not separate or distinguishable (in medieval Latin careless, indiscreet), from in- not + discretus separate (see discreet). Compare with indiscrete.