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 Carl Gustav 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

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 Billingsley was a fast-talking extrovert, peppery and tireless. New York Times, 18 July 2022 His mother, Gail, was an extrovert who held a series of service-industry jobs while doing the bulk of the housework. Ted Alcorn, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 There is nothing wrong with being an introvert or an extrovert. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 31 May 2022 The stylish, brooding, Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that will surely be unforgettable for the whiskey connoisseur; a dapper extrovert that engulfs the senses. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 In the Sixties, for instance, Christine Chapel was defined almost entirely by her hopeless crush on Mr. Spock, where this version is an extrovert who likes playing on the cutting edge of Starfleet medicine. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 4 May 2022 This is true even for an extrovert like me, who can typically do multiple social things in a week without feeling drained. Jessica A. Gold, M.d., SELF, 9 Mar. 2022 To sum up, the researchers suggest that communication skills can certainly enhance leader potential but being an extrovert is not as important. Mark Travers, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 My son Paul is a real people person – a very nice man who has always been an extrovert. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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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

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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