Definition of extrovert in English:

extrovert

(also extravert)

noun

  • 1An outgoing, socially confident person.

    • ‘Still, we endure stoically, because the etiquette books - written, no doubt, by extroverts - regard declining to banter as rude and gaps in conversation as awkward.’
    • ‘Ida Worthington, and her husband Fred, who died 15 years ago, were larger-than-life extroverts.’
    • ‘On the surface he was an optimistic extrovert, preaching freedom of conscience and religion; but underneath he was a brooding pessimist, with intransigent, darkly mystical views about the drama of human history and sexuality.’
    • ‘Natural extroverts have had the benefit of a lifetime's experience and are perfectly at home in their ‘charged’ state.’
    • ‘Of course, I was around a large crowd of extroverts, and my being the only quiet one in the group had its down sides.’
    • ‘Are there canny advantages to being socially averse that the extroverts among us never see?’
    • ‘Anyhow, the people there are so different to my colleagues and many of my friends who are largely creative extroverts.’
    • ‘There are also shy extroverts, who function well in typical social situations but become diffident in intimate encounters or in situations where it is not possible to follow a social script.’
    • ‘If he were a spy, he certainly did not stand out from the crowd, though some have described him as an extrovert.’
    • ‘Instead, it's a private party with added cars, attracting extroverts and speed freaks from various walks of life: motorsport professionals, models, musicians, artists.’
    • ‘The extroverts need to socialize, the introverts dread it.’
    • ‘In taste terms, it was almost over-the-top, like having too many extroverts at a dinner party, spirited but good fun.’
    • ‘‘Dick's an extrovert who is passionately committed to football,’ offers Ian.’
    • ‘If you are outgoing, an extrovert, then consider careers that give you a chance to be in the spotlight such as management, politics or teaching.’
    • ‘I always thought extroverts had more than 3 friends.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there are also children who are complete extroverts and very confident.’
    • ‘I've always been an extrovert, the joker in the pack,’ he admits.’
    • ‘Introverts have figured out that if they leave socializing to the extroverts they'll end up at the bottom of the pile.’
    • ‘Stravynski's gang has transformed many wallflowers into extroverts.’
    • ‘Also, I don't think that it's safe to assume that extroverts have particularly effective social skills.’
    outgoing person, sociable person, life and soul of the party, socializer, mixer, mingler, social butterfly, socialite, party animal
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    1. 1.1Psychology A person predominantly concerned with external things or objective considerations.
      Compare with introvert
      • ‘Whereas the extravert is oriented primarily to events in the outer world, the introvert is primarily concerned with the inner world.’
      • ‘Other psychologists using different methods have, like me, found that everyone is either an introvert or an extrovert, though not all of these psychologists use those terms.’
      • ‘Interestingly, the biggest liars were extroverts.’
      • ‘Researchers measured extraversion and introversion among participants with a standard questionnaire and then compared extraverts to introverts by correlating the extraversion score to the strength of the positive-affect boost.’
      • ‘Background music can help extroverts focus, but tends to torment introverts.’

adjective

  • Relating to, denoting, or typical of an extrovert.

    ‘his extrovert personality made him the ideal host’
    • ‘I'm much more outgoing and extrovert, like an excited Labrador.’
    • ‘Even the most extrovert social butterfly sometimes needs to flutter away from the public gaze.’
    • ‘A very jolly extrovert personality, Eileen enjoys the social aspect of the game and she is hugely popular with her sporting friends.’
    • ‘Standing in front of a camera with that much flesh on show I suppose you've got to be pretty extrovert and confident.’
    • ‘I also worked with the costume designer, the make-up girl and the hairdresser to define a look that matched Julie's extrovert personality.’
    outgoing, hail-fellow-well-met, extroverted, sociable, gregarious, socializing, social, genial, cordial, affable, friendly, people-oriented, lively, exuberant, uninhibited, unreserved, demonstrative
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Usage

The original spelling extravert is now rare in general use but is found in technical use in psychology

Origin

Early 20th century: from extro- (variant of extra-, on the pattern of intro-) + Latin vertere ‘to turn’.

Pronunciation

extrovert

/ˈɛkstrəvəːt/