[noun, adjective in-truh-vurt; verb in-truh-vurt]
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  1. a shy person.
  2. Psychology. a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings (opposed to extrovert).
  3. Zoology. a part that is or can be introverted.
  1. Psychology. marked by introversion.
verb (used with object)
  1. to turn inward: to introvert one's anger.
  2. Psychology. to direct (the mind, one's interest, etc.) partly to things within the self.
  3. Anatomy, Zoology. to turn (a hollow, cylindrical structure) in on itself; invaginate.

Origin of introvert

First recorded in 1660–70; intro- + (in)vert
Related formsnon·in·tro·vert·ed, adjectivenon·in·tro·vert·ed·ly, adverbnon·in·tro·vert·ed·ness, nounun·in·tro·vert·ed, adjective
Can be confusedextrovert introvert Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for introvert

solitary, egotist, loner, egoist, narcissist, wallflower, brooder, autist

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British Dictionary definitions for introvert


noun (ˈɪntrəˌvɜːt)
  1. psychol a person prone to introversion
adjective (ˈɪntrəˌvɜːt)
  1. Also: introverted characterized by introversion
verb (ˌɪntrəˈvɜːt)
  1. (tr) pathol to turn (a hollow organ or part) inside out
Compare extrovert

Word Origin for introvert

C17: see intro-, invert
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Word Origin and History for introvert

1650s, from Latin intro- "inward" (see intro-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). The noun, "introverted person" (opposed to extrovert) is 1918, from German psychology, introduced there by C.G. Jung (1875-1961).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

introvert in Medicine


[ĭntrə-vûrt′, ĭn′trə-vûrt]
  1. To turn or direct inward.
  2. To concentrate one's interests upon oneself.
  3. To turn a tubular organ or part inward upon itself.
  1. One whose thoughts and feelings are directed toward oneself.
  2. An anatomical structure that is capable of being introverted.
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introvert in Culture



A term introduced by the psychologist Carl Jung to describe a person whose motives and actions are directed inward. Introverts tend to be preoccupied with their own thoughts and feelings and minimize their contact with other people. (Compare extrovert.)

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