ex·​tro·​vert | \ ˈek-strə-ˌvərt How to pronounce extrovert (audio) \
variants: or less commonly extravert

Definition of extrovert

: one whose personality is characterized by extroversion broadly : a gregarious and unreserved person — compare introvert entry 1

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Jung and the Extrovert

Extrovert (sometimes spelled extravert) means basically "turned outward"—that is, toward things outside oneself. The word was coined by the eminent psychologist C. G. Jung in the early 20th century. The opposite personality type, in Jung's view, was the introvert. Extroverts seem to be favored by societies such as ours, even though introverts seem to be on average more mentally gifted. Psychologists have said that the only personality traits that can be identified in newborn infants are shyness and lack of shyness, which are fairly close to—but not really the same as—introversion and extroversion.

Examples of extrovert in a Sentence

a natural extrovert, he mixes well in any social situation
Recent Examples on the Web So a Big Five personality test doesn't try to carve people into distinct categories—either an extrovert or an introvert, agreeable or not. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Conscientiousness may matter less if you’re a lawyer than if you’re in sales," 30 Oct. 2019 Che a soulful, poetic introvert, Fidel a manically garrulous extrovert—but possessed the same revolutionary zeal. Lisette Poole, Smithsonian, "Roaring Through Cuba With Che Guevara’s Son," 24 Oct. 2019 Gehringer shines as a business-like Canadian mayor and later plays an older gay man named Oliver involved with a young, African American extrovert played to the hilt by Dorris. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "On Theater: Raunchy fun in South Coast Repertory’s ‘Canadians’," 8 Oct. 2019 But the extrovert quickly became bored and took the unconventional step of switching to sales. Washington Post, "Lee Iacocca, engineer of Chrysler’s turnaround, dies at 94," 3 July 2019 Fairy lights help set a mood, whether the student is an extrovert or introvert. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Jill Martin is your guide to dorm room awesomeness: 'You're making this your little house'," 13 Aug. 2019 David, by contrast, was an extrovert who attended several dinner parties a week and bantered with reporters, politicians and friends in New York society. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "David Koch, Billionaire Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79," 23 Aug. 2019 According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test, the 21-year-old college student is an extrovert. Allie Volpe, Washington Post, "Four letters can say a lot: Why people put their Myers-Briggs personality types in their Tinder profiles," 15 Aug. 2019 Just a sunset, a stage, a really good story and a troupe of irresistibly unselfconscious extroverts to tell it. Margaret Gray, latimes.com, "Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival kicks off with 'Twelfth Night'," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of extrovert

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extrovert

modification of German extravertiert, from Latin extra- + vertere

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of extrovert was in 1918

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English Language Learners Definition of extrovert

: a friendly person who likes being with and talking to other people : an outgoing person


variants: also extravert \ ˈek-​strə-​ˌvərt How to pronounce extravert (audio) \

Medical Definition of extrovert

 (Entry 1 of 2)


variants: also extravert

Medical Definition of extrovert (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one whose attention and interests are directed wholly or predominantly toward what is outside the self : one characterized by extroversion
2 : a gregarious and unreserved person — compare introvert

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