One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having or characterized by many transient sexual relationships.‘promiscuous teenagers’‘they ran wild, indulging in promiscuous sex and experimenting with drugs’
licentious, sexually indiscriminate, immoral, unchaste, debauched, dissolute, dissipated, profligate, of easy virtue, fastView synonyms
- ‘Do you regret not being sexually promiscuous in high school?’
- ‘They never demean them in speech, watch vulgar or erotic shows, or associate with lustful or promiscuous women.’
- ‘Anyone who is sexually promiscuous is of increased risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.’
- ‘The only reason he turned her down is because this rumor got started that Christy was the most promiscuous girl at our school.’
- ‘If the girl was deemed promiscuous, became pregnant, or could not keep a job, she could be returned to the reform 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.’
- ‘The disease spread most rapidly in those populations that were most promiscuous and engaged in risky sexual activity.’
- ‘Apparently that meant I was young, preppy-looking, and potentially very promiscuous.’
- ‘They are just encouraging children to be more promiscuous.’
- ‘Rather, their narratives suggest that they believe female role models who exhibit sexual agency have a status that protects them from being labeled as promiscuous.’
- ‘Instead, he chose to focus his question on the client's change to not being promiscuous.’
- ‘Still, you have reason to be hesitant if he's been promiscuous lately.’
2Demonstrating or implying an undiscriminating or unselective approach; indiscriminate or casual.‘the city fathers were promiscuous with their honors’
indiscriminate, undiscriminating, unselective, random, irresponsible, haphazard, thoughtless, unthinking, unconsidered, casual, carelessView synonyms
- ‘There's a difference between being promiscuous and making serious strategic bets that may be the cause for regrets.’
- ‘As the American houses have seduced corporate Britain, so companies have become more promiscuous in their search for intelligence.’
- 2.1 Consisting of a wide range of different things.‘Americans are free to pick and choose from a promiscuous array of values and behavior’
- ‘To me, there seems something promiscuous about his geographical range: it looks as though he is looking for battles to fight.’
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’.
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