- introvert (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a person who is concerned or interested mostly in his or her own thoughts and ideas2 : a person who is shy or restrained in speaking and behavior
- How do you use it?
- Mina has always been something of an introvert, but when she's with her close friends and family she can be quite outspoken.
- Are you a word wiz?
Our example sentence shows the word "introvert" as it's defined at sense 2, which is the way it is most commonly used. Look at each of the following descriptions of a person to see just how well you understand this meaning. Which of the following is the best description of an introvert?Introverts are likely to prefer quiet time alone, while those on the opposite end of the spectrum, called "extroverts," tend to like being around groups of people. (The word "extrovert" means both "a gregarious and unreserved person" and "a person who is interested only or mostly in things outside the self.") Both these terms have the Latin root "vertere," meaning "to turn," in their histories. Since "intro-" means "inward," "introvert" the combination means "to turn inward." Similarly, "extro-" means "outward," and the combination "extrovert" means "to turn outward." Other "vertere" words are "divert" and "avert."