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an·tic

 (ăn′tĭk)
n.
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.

antic

(ˈæntɪk)
n
(Theatre) archaic an actor in a ludicrous or grotesque part; clown; buffoon
adj
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]

an•tic

(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.
adj.
4. ludicrous; funny; whimsical.
5. fantastic; odd; grotesque.
v.i.
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"

antic

noun
A mischievous act:
Informal: shenanigan.
Slang: monkeyshine (often used in plural).
adjective
Conceived or done with no reference to reality or common sense:
Translations
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References in classic literature ?
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.
I gritted my teeth at him, danced up and down, screaming an incoherent mockery and making antic faces.
Therefore it dances on the hearth, and laughs broadly throughout the room, and plays a thousand antics, and throws a joyous glow over all the faces that encircle it.
Let anti-masques not be long; they have been commonly of fools, satyrs, baboons, wild-men, antics, beasts, sprites, witches, Ethiops, pigmies, turquets, nymphs, rustics, Cupids, statuas moving, and the like.
His hunting was always successful; he was ever ready to render any assistance in the camp or on the march; while his jokes, his antics, and the very cut of his countenance, so full of whim and comicality, kept every one in good-humor.
And each meeting meant a drink; and there was much to talk about; and more drinks; and songs to be sung; and pranks and antics to be performed, until the maggots of imagination began to crawl, and it all seemed great and wonderful to me, these lusty hard-bitten sea- rovers, of whom I made one, gathered in wassail on a coral strand.
The theater was full of people, enjoying the spectacle and laughing till they cried at the antics of the two Marionettes.
Very fine, indeed, sir," she returned, with something of a blush, and a shy deprecating look that seemed to beg me not to notice the peculiarly quaint antics which the wind, evidently a humourist, chose at that moment to execute with the female garments upon the line.
Of their elders some, by imitating the antics of youth, strive to persuade themselves that their day is not yet over; they shout with the lustiest, but the war cry sounds hollow in their mouth; they are like poor wantons attempting with pencil, paint and powder, with shrill gaiety, to recover the illusion of their spring.
They spoiled the music just the same, with their antics and unrealities.
These antics were solely the result of nervous irritation, a mood born of Miss Miranda Sawyer's stiff, grim, and martial attitude.
It was in vain that Kory-Kory tempted me with food, or lighted my pipe, or sought to attract my attention by performing the uncouth antics that had sometimes diverted me.