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prəˈmɪs kyu əspro·mis·cu·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. promiscuousadjective

    not selective of a single class or person

    "Clinton was criticized for his promiscuous solicitation of campaign money"

  2. easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wantonadjective

    casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

    "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"


  1. promiscuousadjective

    Made up of various disparate elements mixed together; of disorderly composition.

    Etymology: From promiscuus, from + .

  2. promiscuousadjective

    Made without careful choice; indiscriminate.

    Etymology: From promiscuus, from + .

  3. promiscuousadjective

    Indiscriminate in choice of sexual partners.

    "everyone has always known, widely heterosexual men have, as I say, a whiff of the bathhouse about them." uE000150452uE001Ann Coulter

    Etymology: From promiscuus, from + .

  4. promiscuousadjective

    The mode in which a NIC gathers all network traffic instead of getting only the traffic intended for it.

    Etymology: From promiscuus, from + .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Promiscuousadjective

    consisting of individuals united in a body or mass without order; mingled; confused; undistinguished; as, a promiscuous crowd or mass

    Etymology: [L. promiscuus; pro before, in place of, for + miscere to mix. See Mix. ]

  2. Promiscuousadjective

    distributed or applied without order or discrimination; not restricted to an individual; common; indiscriminate; as, promiscuous love or intercourse

    Etymology: [L. promiscuus; pro before, in place of, for + miscere to mix. See Mix. ]


  1. Promiscuous

    "Promiscuous" is a song recorded by Canadian recording artist Nelly Furtado for her third studio album Loose. It features vocals from American producer and rapper Timbaland. The song was written by Furtado, Timothy "Attitude" Clayton, Timbaland and Nate "Danja" Hills, with the latter pair handling production of the song. The song's lyrics, which were penned by Furtado and Clayton, feature a conversation between a man and woman who call each other a promiscuous boy or girl. "Promiscuous" was released as the lead single from Loose in North America in early 2006, and as the second single elsewhere in mid-2006 except in Latin America, where the single was released as the third single in late 2006. The song had received positive reviews, with some critics calling it the highlight of Loose. "Promiscuous" was an international success and it had become Furtado's first number-one single in the US. It is the first number one by Canadian female artist since 1998's "I'm Your Angel" by R. Kelly & Céline Dion on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also topped the chart in New Zealand and peaked within the top ten on many charts across Europe. It had won "Best Pop Single of the Year" at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards and received a nomination for the "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. The music video for the single features scenes of Furtado and Timbaland, in what Furtado describes as a "verbal Ping-Pong game". Cameo appearances are made by Keri Hilson, Justin Timberlake and Bria Myles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Promiscuous

    prō-mis′kū-us, adj. mixed: confused: collected together without order: indiscriminate: not restricted to one individual: (prov.) casual, accidental.—n. Promiscū′ity, mixture without order or distinction: promiscuous sexual intercourse.—adv. Promis′cuously.—n. Promis′cuousness. [L. promiscuuspro, inten., miscēre, to mix.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of promiscuous in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of promiscuous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of promiscuous in a Sentence

  1. Darrel Cummings:

    We have not been parental in this, we tell people this is one of the tools that's helpful in stopping the transmission of HIV and let them make up their own minds. There are naysayers out there. There are people who say PrEP encourages people to be promiscuous, but that hasn't been our experience.

  2. Amos Bronson Alcott:

    No one is promiscuous in his way of dying. A man who has decided to hang himself will never jump in front of a train.

  3. Justin Bieber:

    I found myself doing things that I was so ashamed of, being super-promiscuous and stuff, i think I used Xanax because I was so ashamed.

  4. Don Lane:

    The category is a promiscuous because people like to try different things and there's no better place to do that than with Truly.

  5. Victor Lownes:

    A promiscuous person is someone who is getting more sex than you are.

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