Definition of introvert in English:



  • 1A shy, reticent person.

    • ‘I have yet to meet a poetry-lover who was not an introvert, or an introvert who was not unhappy in adolescence.’
    • ‘Maybe it's time for all of us introverts to join together and become a force to be reckoned with… but only if that's alright by you and you haven't got anything better to do.’
    • ‘The acoustic chanteuse may be the only introvert in coke-bottle glasses whose helium-laced voice can command such rapt attention from a punk bar crowd.’
    • ‘For some of us - call us introverts if you like, misanthropes if you must - Mass is a precious hour of communion with God amidst relative calm (especially if your parish is fortunate enough to have a cry room).’
    • ‘From introverts, these children gradually became confident persons.’
    • ‘In a way, despite his impressive personality, he was something of an introvert, and basically a shy person.’
    • ‘I'm still an introvert, but I was way introverted then.’
    • ‘It's generally thought that shyness goes hand in hand with introversion, but many introverts simply prefer solitary to social activities.’
    • ‘An introvert by nature, he is also rated by team-mates as a ‘serial pest’ because of his willingness to participate in dressing-room pranks.’
    • ‘So just how does an avowed introvert who shuns fame and has lacked, for the last 16 years she says, the basic ability to make friends, take such an extroverted record on the road and communicate it to others?’
    • ‘I'd always thought I was a misanthrope, but maybe I'm just an introvert instead.’
    • ‘I am an introvert, I am a loner, and so the nature of who I choose to love (or who chooses to love me) has very little to do with how I spend my time outside the bedroom.’
    • ‘And the lo-fi continuum being celebrated here did in fact turn out to be a confederacy of introverts, if not to say solipsists.’
    • ‘She's an introvert, certainly not out-there, um, not one of the groupies that, you know, people would see hanging off the footballers.’
    • ‘An introvert by nature, he channeled his frustration into wrestling, a sport known for its solitude and discipline. The family moved to a two-story home on a winding, leafy street in Woodland Hills.’
    • ‘In a family of A-types, she's an introvert, not really all that happy with her life, but not willing to muster the gumption to do anything about it.’
    • ‘Can an introvert be a successful autograph seeker?’
    • ‘But introverts feel when they're not interested any more, it's time to move on.’
    • ‘It's probably the first time that I have thought of being an introvert as being not necessarily a bad thing, not necessarily something I need to change, not something odd or weird or horrible.’
    • ‘The Stanford study found that people who were extrovert themselves gave higher approval ratings to ‘extrovert’ computer personalities while introverts preferred the introverted reviewers.’
    recluse, introvert, lone wolf, hermit, solitary, misanthrope, outsider
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    1. 1.1Psychology A person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things.
      Compare with extrovert
      • ‘While past research has shown that extraverts are, in general, happier than introverts, no studies showed whether introverts who display extravert characteristics are also happier.’
      • ‘Extraverts compared to introverts were found to have elevated frontal blood flow even at rest and depressed patients whose conditions have been linked to neuroticism were found to have reduced blood flow in that same region of the brain.’
      • ‘In contrast, introverts are thought to be more socially conforming, more sensitive to reinforcement, have lower sensory thresholds, and therefore feel pain more easily.’
      • ‘‘This is a plastic technology that amplifies already existing differences between introverts and extroverts,’ says Kraut.’
      • ‘The study found the amount of spillover employees experienced both at home and work depended on whether they were introverts or extroverts.’


  • another term for introverted
    • ‘Although the mood is generally quite introvert, your albums are all quite different.’
    • ‘Also, I realise this is kind of an introvert thing, and probably not actually reflective of well, anything (but then, so little that I do really is).’
    • ‘The one claiming to be orthodox, and the other claiming to have the living spirit, which would also be the contrast between extravert and introvert types.’
    • ‘The shy and introvert Peter regretted some local media coverage.’
    • ‘I came a long way from that shy and introvert girl, who came from Panvel to Mumbai for a medical degree.’
    • ‘But otherwise I'm a very shy and introvert person, not at all the partying late kind.’
    • ‘I mean it's affected his life horrendously so, and it made him very introvert, Larry.’
    • ‘Yes, I am an extrovert person in real life and the roles in some of my more hit films were those of the introvert, quite person.’
    • ‘‘I used to be a very introvert guy but after taking up acting, my life is like an open book,’ claims the actor.’
    • ‘Birding is a wonderful activity in this way, allowing a time and place for both my extrovert self and introvert self to play.’
    • ‘He is an introvert type of guy and is critic of the current Nepalese political situation.’
    • ‘Before I did the art course I was very introvert and worried about my survival.’
    • ‘All my life I'd acted like an extrovert, when I always knew in my heart I loved nothing more than indulging my introvert self.’
    • ‘If you are an introvert personality, your team will always play defensively.’
    • ‘More often the delicate simplicity of a blue question mark posits the faceless face beautiful in enigma, the shadowy mysterious introvert edging to the boundary of a looks obsessed society.’
    • ‘Some claim that it is an introvert event, where the Swiss reflect upon themselves.’
    • ‘I mean, you're my brother, and Bobby's my husband, I get enough of the introvert personality!’
    • ‘I've been leaning towards the introvert side lately.’
    • ‘But, it's a nonstop, high-pressure, introvert repelling kind of job.’
    • ‘Titus is more of the extrovert type of person, even though he would still have this tendency to suppress some emotions deep inside; while Clem is the introvert type of person.’


Mid 17th century (as a verb in the general sense ‘turn one's thoughts inwards (in spiritual contemplation’)): from modern Latin introvertere, from intro- to the inside + vertere to turn. Its use as a term in psychology dates from the early 20th century.