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a prank; playful trick; caper; ludicrous, funny
Not to be confused with:
antique – belonging to the past; bygone; archaic
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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.
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(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]
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(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.
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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"
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A mischievous act:
Informal: shenanigan.
Slang: monkeyshine (often used in plural).
Conceived or done with no reference to reality or common sense:
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