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’
    • ‘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 could be inspirational and caring, but also oppressive and indiscreet.’
    • ‘However, it is irresponsible for them to show such an indiscreet attitude to curry favor with voters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has caused unintended movements, indiscreet communications and unwise decisions on the part of the terrorists.’
    • ‘He wasn't misunderstood, he didn't just make some indiscreet comment without thinking.’
    • ‘Florence, unfortunately, was careless and indiscreet.’
    • ‘Two strangers stand waiting at a bus stop, awkwardly failing in their attempts to cast indiscreet glances at one another.’
    • ‘Unless he is unhinged, no politician in a modern democracy reveals any indiscreet biases in public.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This could have meant he was worried about being indiscreet, or it could have meant he was late for a meeting or something else.’
    • ‘As ever, she was delightfully indiscreet and, unheard of amongst politicians, insisted on picking up the bill.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I probably know a little bit too much about it, and I really don't want to be indiscreet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I asked her if that was what she had meant by private, but not indiscreet.’
    • ‘He flaunted and dramatised his homosexuality in his life and work and became ever more recklessly 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.