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1. A foolish or ludicrous act; a caper: The students' antics got them into trouble.
2. Archaic A buffoon, especially a performing clown.
adj. Archaic
Ludicrously odd; bizarre.

[From Italian antico, ancient (used of grotesque designs on some ancient Roman artifacts), from Latin antīquus, former, old; see ant- in Indo-European roots.]

an′ti·cal·ly adv.


(Theatre) archaic an actor in a ludicrous or grotesque part; clown; buffoon
archaic fantastic; grotesque
[C16: from Italian antico something ancient, or grotesque (from its application to fantastic carvings found in ruins of ancient Rome); see antique]


(ˈæn tɪk)

n., adj., v. -ticked, -tick•ing. n.
1. Usu., antics.
a. a playful or silly trick or prank; caper.
b. a grotesque, fantastic, or ludicrous gesture, act, or posture.
2. Archaic.
a. an actor in a grotesque presentation.
b. a buffoon; clown.
3. Obs. a grotesque sculptured figure, as a gargoyle.
4. ludicrous; funny; whimsical.
5. fantastic; odd; grotesque.
6. Obs. to perform antics; caper.
[1520–30; Italian antico ancient < Latin antīcus, antiquus]
an′ti•cal•ly, an′tic•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antic - a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusementantic - a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
dirty trick - an unkind or aggressive trick
practical joke - a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
Verb1.antic - act as or like a clownantic - act as or like a clown    
jest, joke - act in a funny or teasing way
Adj.1.antic - ludicrously oddantic - ludicrously odd; "Hamlet's assumed antic disposition"; "fantastic Halloween costumes"; "a grotesque reflection in the mirror"
strange, unusual - being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird; "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has"


A mischievous act:
Informal: shenanigan.
Slang: monkeyshine (often used in plural).
Conceived or done with no reference to reality or common sense:
References in classic literature ?
Then, with a judgment peculiarly antic (pun not intended), then take hold of opposite ends of that grasshopper leg a nd begin to tug with all their might in opposite directions.
This was immediately granted, and we all three entered the gate of the palace between two rows of guards, armed and dressed after a very antic manner, and with something in their countenances that made my flesh creep with a horror I cannot express.
said Sir William Howe, recovering his composure--"it is the prelude to some masquerading antic.
The figure drew back at the first cry, with an agitated movement so abrupt as almost to be called an antic.
I gritted my teeth at him, danced up and down, screaming an incoherent mockery and making antic faces.
Judge Witberg was painfully flustered, and as he hemmed and hawed and essayed to speak, Watson, looking at him, was struck by a sudden whim, and he determined on a grim and facetious antic.
A sample, a fair sample, of the antic tricks we cut up on the beach of Manatomana.
He found him so elevated with his success, so enamoured with his daughter, and so satisfied with her reception of him, that the old gentleman began to caper and dance about his hall, and by many other antic actions to express the extravagance of his joy; for he had not the least command over any of his passions; and that which had at any time the ascendant in his mind hurried him to the wildest excesses.
After he had slumbered, rather than slept, about half-an-hour, he awoke again, and came out of the cave to me: for I had been milking my goats which I had in the enclosure just by: when he espied me he came running to me, laying himself down again upon the ground, with all the possible signs of an humble, thankful disposition, making a great many antic gestures to show it.
This was an antic fellow, half pedlar and half mountebank, who travelled about the country on foot to vend hones, stops, razors, washballs, harness-paste, medicine for dogs and horses, cheap perfumery, cosmetics, and such-like wares, which he carried in a case slung to his back.
You lodge yourself of your own accord in a house with a drunken--tailor, I suppose--or something of the sort, and a little crooked antic of a child, or old person, or whatever it is, and then you talk as if you were drawn or driven there.
These antics were solely the result of nervous irritation, a mood born of Miss Miranda Sawyer's stiff, grim, and martial attitude.