[ek-struh-vurt, -stroh-]


an outgoing, gregarious person.
Psychology. a person characterized by extroversion; a person concerned primarily with the physical and social environment (opposed to introvert).


Also ex·tro·vert·ed. Psychology. marked by extroversion.

verb (used with object)

Psychology. to direct (the mind, one's interest, etc.) outward or to things outside the self.

Also extravert.

Origin of extrovert

1665–75; extro- + Latin vertere to turn
Can be confusedextrovert introvert
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  • I was sort of middle-American “aw, shucks” guy for a big part of my career, so the extrovert is always fun.

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Historical Examples of extrovert

British Dictionary definitions for extrovert





a person concerned more with external reality than inner feelings


of or characterized by extroversionextrovert tendencies
Compare introvert
Derived Formsextroverted or extraverted, adjective

Word Origin for extrovert

C20: from extro- (variant of extra-, contrasting with intro-) + -vert, from Latin vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for extrovert

1916, extravert (spelled with -o- after 1918, by influence of introvert), from German Extravert, from extra "outside" (see extra-) + Latin vertere "to turn" (see versus).

With introvert, words that had been used in English by doctors and scientists in various literal senses since 1600s, but popularized in a psychological sense by Carl Jung. Related: Extroverted.

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Medicine definitions for extrovert



An individual interested in others or in the environment as opposed to or to the exclusion of self.
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Culture definitions for extrovert



A term introduced by the psychologist Carl Jung to describe a person whose motives and actions are directed outward. Extroverts are more prone to action than contemplation, make friends readily, adjust easily to social situations, and generally show warm interest in their surroundings. (Compare introvert.)

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