in·​dis·​creet ˌin-di-ˈskrēt How to pronounce indiscreet (audio)
: not discreet : imprudent
an indiscreet comment
indiscreetly adverb
indiscreetness noun

Examples of indiscreet in a Sentence

telling a friend's secrets is indiscreet, and unkind as well
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Word History


Middle English indiscrete, from Late Latin indiscretus, from Latin, indistinguishable, from in- + discretus, past participle of discernere to separate — more at discern

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indiscreet was in the 15th century

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“Indiscreet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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in·​dis·​creet ˌin-dis-ˈkrēt How to pronounce indiscreet (audio)
: not discreet : imprudent
indiscreetly adverb

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