promiscuous (adj.) c.1600, "consisting of a disorderly mixture of people or things," from L. promiscuus "mixed, indiscriminate," from pro- "forward" (see PRO- (Cf. pro-)) + miscere "to mix" (see MIX (Cf. mix) (v.)). Meaning "indiscriminate in sexual relations" first recorded 1900, from PROMISCUITY (Cf. promiscuity).

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  • promiscuous — [prō mis′kyo͞o əs, prəmis′kyo͞o əs] adj. [L promiscuus < pro , forth (see PRO 2) + miscere, to MIX] 1. consisting of different elements mixed together or mingled without sorting or discrimination 2. characterized by a lack of discrimination;… …   English World dictionary

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