extrovert

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

Definition of extrovert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person whose personality is characterized by extroversion : a typically gregarious and unreserved person who enjoys and seeks out social interaction Extroverts are more recognized because of their affable nature, while introverts struggle to break out of their personal space …— Helen Wu

Note: The psychologist C. G. Jung first introduced the terms extrovert, extroversion, introvert, and introversion in the early 1900s to describe personality types that focus a person's energy on either the inner or outer world. The terms extrovert and introvert have since become widely popularized, with extrovert often broadly used to mean "an outgoing, sociable, or talkative person."

… an extrovert who is hopelessly chatty …— Rick Reilly — compare introvert entry 1 sense 1

extrovert

adjective
variants: or less commonly extravert

Definition of extrovert (Entry 2 of 2)

: extroverted an extrovert nature Beckett's father was extrovert and adored.— Anthony Burgess

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Synonyms & Antonyms for extrovert

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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

Noun a natural extrovert, he mixes well in any social situation
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jessica Korda called herself more of an extrovert than her younger sister. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 June 2021 Secondly, part of the role of being an extrovert’s manager is to be a sounding board. Karl Moore, Forbes, 26 May 2021 The Big Five theory has been a staple of psychology since the 1980s, but the introvert-extrovert binary was first popularized in 1921 by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, who posited that the two groups have different primary life goals. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 20 May 2021 This client is an extreme extrovert who loves her job. Roberta Moore, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Brownell is used to Ivy League expectations but, as an extrovert, relieves that stress by spending time with other people. Lauren Lumpkin, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Mar. 2021 The rebellious extrovert versus the sensible introvert. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2021 Vishaala is an extrovert, a high-achieving student who plays basketball and piano, sings in choir and performs in school theatre. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2021 Ryan Garcia is an extrovert with an ability to vividly convey his craving for glory. Dallas News, 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of extrovert

Noun

1918, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extrovert

Noun

back-formation from extroverted

Adjective

from attributive use of extrovert entry 1

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“Extrovert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extrovert. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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

noun
variants: also extravert

Medical Definition of extrovert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person whose personality is characterized by extroversion : a typically gregarious and unreserved person who enjoys and seeks out social interaction

Note: The psychologist C. G. Jung first introduced the terms extrovert, extroversion, introvert, and introversion in the early 1900s to describe personality types that focus a person's energy on either the inner or outer world. The terms extrovert and introvert have since become widely popularized with extrovert often broadly used to mean "an outgoing, sociable, or talkative person."

— compare introvert

extrovert

adjective
ex·​tro·​vert
variants: also extravert \ ˈek-​strə-​ˌvərt How to pronounce extrovert (audio) \

Medical Definition of extrovert (Entry 2 of 2)

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