[noun, adjective in-truh-vurt; verb in-truh-vurt]
- a shy person.
- Psychology. a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings (opposed to extrovert).
- Zoology. a part that is or can be introverted.
- Psychology. marked by introversion.
- to turn inward: to introvert one's anger.
- Psychology. to direct (the mind, one's interest, etc.) partly to things within the self.
- Anatomy, Zoology. to turn (a hollow, cylindrical structure) in on itself; invaginate.
Origin of introvert
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Examples from the Web for introvert
The mind becomes full of sex: and always, in an introvert, of his own sex.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
The Major Maintainer hadn't merely been switched to Introvert.The Big Time
Fritz Reuter Leiber
I would say that Lee's character was that he was more of a listener than a talker, not to the extent of being an introvert.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The introvert is the typical contemplative, predominantly interested in the inner world.The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day
The introvert's natural adaptation is by means of thought; feeling being more or less repressed remains undeveloped.
- psychol a person prone to introversion
- Also: introverted characterized by introversion
- (tr) pathol to turn (a hollow organ or part) inside out
C17: see intro-, invert
Word Origin and History for introvert
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To turn or direct inward.
- To concentrate one's interests upon oneself.
- To turn a tubular organ or part inward upon itself.
- One whose thoughts and feelings are directed toward oneself.
- An anatomical structure that is capable of being introverted.
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