pro·​mis·​cu·​i·​ty ˌprä-mə-ˈskyü-ə-tē How to pronounce promiscuity (audio)
plural promiscuities
: promiscuous sexual behavior
: miscellaneous mingling or selection of persons or things : indiscriminateness

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Written after a breakup with a boyfriend, its stylistic promiscuity mirrors his own journey to self-acceptance. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2022 In most species that degradation is countered by female promiscuity and intense male competition, which ensure that only the highest-quality sperm fertilize an egg and perpetuate their DNA. David H. Freedman, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2011 Paul’s relationship with Dorcas Hardin, and JFK’s omnivorous promiscuity. Mac Griswold, Town & Country, 15 Nov. 2022 Inflation is now also influencing the reprioritization of resources, driving shopper promiscuity in a very tangible way: at the pocketbook. Rebecca Brooks, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 As a thrilling new exhibition at the Drawing Center shows, the cultural promiscuity of ornamentation is its primary source of vitality. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 17 June 2022 But Booster and Ahn still manage to make the contrivances feel fresh, even if the tonal zags — praising promiscuity and Dionysian excess one minute only to turn earnestly sincere the next — occasionally don’t play well with each other. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 But for some animals, promiscuity is about being a caring mom. Katie Hunt, CNN, 12 June 2022 In the era of shopper promiscuity, consumers are looking out for their needs first and pushing brands into a state of constant acquisition. Rebecca Brooks, Forbes, 23 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of promiscuity was in 1663

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Cite this Entry

“Promiscuity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural promiscuities
: the quality or state of being promiscuous

Medical Definition


pro·​mis·​cu·​i·​ty ˌpräm-əs-ˈkyü-ət-ē, prə-ˌmis- How to pronounce promiscuity (audio)
plural promiscuities
: promiscuous sexual behavior
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