Definition of extrovert in US English:

extrovert

(also extravert)

noun

  • 1An outgoing, overtly expressive person.

    • ‘Also, I don't think that it's safe to assume that extroverts have particularly effective social skills.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In taste terms, it was almost over-the-top, like having too many extroverts at a dinner party, spirited but good fun.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, it's a private party with added cars, attracting extroverts and speed freaks from various walks of life: motorsport professionals, models, musicians, artists.’
    • ‘Of course, I was around a large crowd of extroverts, and my being the only quiet one in the group had its down sides.’
    • ‘I always thought extroverts had more than 3 friends.’
    • ‘Anyhow, the people there are so different to my colleagues and many of my friends who are largely creative extroverts.’
    • ‘Introverts have figured out that if they leave socializing to the extroverts they'll end up at the bottom of the pile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Are there canny advantages to being socially averse that the extroverts among us never see?’
    • ‘If he were a spy, he certainly did not stand out from the crowd, though some have described him as an extrovert.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The extroverts need to socialize, the introverts dread it.’
    • ‘‘Dick's an extrovert who is passionately committed to football,’ offers Ian.’
    • ‘Ida Worthington, and her husband Fred, who died 15 years ago, were larger-than-life extroverts.’
    • ‘I've always been an extrovert, the joker in the pack,’ he admits.’
    • ‘Stravynski's gang has transformed many wallflowers into extroverts.’
    • ‘Natural extroverts have had the benefit of a lifetime's experience and are perfectly at home in their ‘charged’ state.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there are also children who are complete extroverts and very confident.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Background music can help extroverts focus, but tends to torment introverts.’
      • ‘Interestingly, the biggest liars were extroverts.’

adjective

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

    ‘his extrovert personality made him the ideal host’
    • ‘Standing in front of a camera with that much flesh on show I suppose you've got to be pretty extrovert and confident.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm much more outgoing and extrovert, like an excited Labrador.’
    • ‘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

/ˈɛkstrəˌvərt//ˈekstrəˌvərt/