An extrovert is a friendly person who enjoys talking to and being with other people. Extroverts love parties, talking on the phone, and meeting new people.

This noun has a specialized sense in psychology, and its opposite is introvert. Psychologists sometimes kick it old school and spell it extravert. As a psychological term, it was borrowed from German extravertiert, from the prefix extra-, "outside, beyond" plus Latin vertere, "to turn." Thanks, Carl Jung! Its opposite is introvert, which means shy or turned inward.

Definitions of extrovert
  1. noun
    (psychology) a person concerned more with practical realities than with inner thoughts and feelings
    synonyms: extravert
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    (psychology) a person who tends to shrink from social contacts and to become preoccupied with their own thoughts
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  2. adjective
    being concerned with the social and physical environment
    synonyms: extravert, extraverted, extravertive, extroverted, extrovertive
    extraversive, extroversive
    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
Commonly confused words

introvert / extrovert

These two personality types are opposites — introverts focus inward, into their own thoughts, and extroverts focus outward, into the world. But don't get too excited; most people are a little bit of both.

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