ex·​tro·​vert | \ˈek-strə-ˌvərt \
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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Other Words from extrovert

extrovert or less commonly extravert adjective
extroverted or less commonly extraverted \ˈek-​strə-​ˌvər-​təd, ˌek-​strə-​ˈvər-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for extrovert


backslapper, glad-hander


introvert, shrinking violet, wallflower

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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

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There’s a common misconception that Leos are extroverts 24/7. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Leo Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 Studies and experts suggest this personality type processes social stimuli differently from extroverts, who don’t mind frequent interaction. Melissa Lambarena, The Seattle Times, "Shh! Introverts share travel survival secrets," 18 Sep. 2018 Simply put, extroverts tend to be charismatic, while introverts are quiet types. CBS News, "Introverts and the making of a "Quiet Revolution"," 8 July 2018 Neymar is an incorrigible extrovert, a fashion icon and a marketing phenomenon. Rory Smith, New York Times, "All Eyes Are on Neymar, but It’s Coutinho Who Is Leading Brazil," 28 June 2018 Cho Hyun-woo, South Korea’s extrovert goalkeeper, did make one excellent save from Leon Goretzka early in the second half, but that was it. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Arrogant Germany Accepts Its Shocking, Deserved World Cup Elimination," 27 June 2018 As editors, athletes, and actors continue to push sartorial boundaries, the front rows at the menswear collections have become a playground for fashion extroverts. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "EXO's Lay Stole the Show in Valentino’s Menswear Front Row," 20 June 2018 In the past few years, there’s been a lot of talk about introverts and extroverts, and people often confuse being introverted with being socially anxious. Angela Chen, The Verge, "A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety," 21 Mar. 2018 Motor is an optimistic extrovert; Deano is a pessimistic introvert. Dave Barry, miamiherald, "Dave Barry: On Father's Day, don't forget the soccer dads — or their 'warrior' daughters," 14 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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