• IPA: /pɹəˈmɪskjuːəs/


  1. Made up of various disparate elements mix#Verb|mixed together; of disorderly composition.
    Synonyms: motley
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1, ll. 379-80
      Came singly where he stood on the bare strand, / While the promiscuous croud stood yet aloof.
    • 1871, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter I, in Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, volume I, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 948783829 ↗, book I (Miss Brooke), page 4 ↗:
      [T]hey had both been educated [...] on plans at once narrow and promiscuous, first in an English family and afterwards in a Swiss family at Lausanne, their bachelor uncle and guardian trying in this way to remedy the disadvantages of their orphaned condition.
  2. Made without careful choice; indiscriminate.
  3. (pejorative) Indiscriminate in choice of sexual partners, or having many sexual partners.
  4. (networking) The mode in which an NIC gather#Verb|gathers all network traffic#Noun|traffic instead of getting only the traffic intended for it.
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