Definition of introvert noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɪntrəvɜːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntrəvɜːrt//
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a quiet person who is more interested in their own thoughts and feelings than in spending time with other people He was described as an introvert, a reserved man who spoke little. opposite extrovert See related entries: Nervous Word Originmid 17th cent. (as a verb in the general sense ‘turn one's thoughts inwards (in spiritual contemplation)’): from modern Latin introvertere, from intro- ‘to the inside’ + vertere ‘to turn’. Its use as a term in psychology dates from the early 20th cent.
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