extrovert

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Synonyms

backslapper

Antonyms

introvert, shrinking violet, wallflower

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

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 Some of these kids were natural extroverts, but not all of them were. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "How to Ruin the Scripps Spelling Bee in Four Letters: E-S-P-N," 31 May 2018 HSPs are sometimes mistaken for introverts, but that’s not always the case; 30 percent of them are extroverts. Alexia Lafata, The Cut, "Everything to Know About the Highly Sensitive Person," 2 May 2018 Greg was a total extrovert and entertained many friends with his unbelievable adventures and activities. courant.com, "Gregory L. Montana," 24 Apr. 2018 According to Psychology Today, the majority of people—around 50% to 74% of the population—are extroverts. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "This Chart Is a Perfect Visual Representation of the Difference Between Introverts and Extroverts," 11 Oct. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'extrovert.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of extrovert

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extrovert

modification of German extravertiert, from Latin extra- + vertere

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about extrovert

Statistics for extrovert

Last Updated

21 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for extrovert

The first known use of extrovert was in 1918

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for extrovert

extrovert

noun

English Language Learners Definition of extrovert

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

extrovert

adjective
ex·tro·vert
variants: also extravert \ˈek-strə-ˌvərt \

Medical Definition of extrovert 

(Entry 1 of 2)

extrovert

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on extrovert

What made you want to look up extrovert? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!