from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having casual sexual relations frequently with different partners; indiscriminate in the choice of sexual partners.
- adj. Lacking standards of selection; indiscriminate.
- adj. Casual; random.
- adj. Consisting of diverse, unrelated parts or individuals; confused: "Throngs promiscuous strew the level green” ( Alexander Pope).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Made up of various disparate elements mixed together; of disorderly composition.
- adj. Made without careful choice; indiscriminate.
- adj. Indiscriminate in choice of sexual partners.
- adj. The mode in which a NIC gathers all network traffic instead of getting only the traffic intended for it.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Consisting of individuals united in a body or mass without order; mingled; confused; undistinguished.
- adj. Distributed or applied without order or discrimination; not restricted to an individual; common; indiscriminate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of parts or individuals grouped together without order; mingled indiscriminately; confused.
- Forming part of a mingled or confused crowd or mass.
- Distributed or applied without order or discrimination; common; indiscriminate; not restricted to one individual: as, promiscuous sexual intercourse.
- Casual; accidental.
- Synonyms Promiscuous, Miscellaneous. Promiscuous emphasizes the complete lack of arrangement; miscellaneous the throwing together of different kinds. Hence we speak of promiscuous, but not of miscellaneous, confusion; of miscellaneous, not promiscuous, articles in a magazine. A work-bag contains a miscellaneous collection of things, which should never be allowed to become promiscuous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
- adj. not selective of a single class or person
From Latin prōmiscuus, possessed equally : prō-, intensive pref.; see pro-1 + miscēre, to mix; see meik- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin prōmiscuus ("mixed, not separated"), from prō ("forth") + misceō ("mix"). (Wiktionary)