a playful trick or prank; caper.
a grotesque, fantastic, or ludicrous gesture, act, or posture.
an actor in a grotesque or ridiculous presentation.
a buffoon; clown.
a grotesque theatrical presentation; ridiculous interlude.
a grotesque or fantastic sculptured figure, as a gargoyle.
fantastic; odd; grotesque: an antic disposition.
Obsolete. to perform antics; caper.
- an·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- antic , antique
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How to use antic in a sentence
Berlusconi repeated the antic in the afternoon in the lower house of Parliament, this time to jeers from fellow politicians.
It was antic, manic, magical, and mischievous—and thoroughly British.Olympics Opening-Ceremonies Review: Hats Off, Danny Boy | Simon Schama | July 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
It has been left to Michael Moore, in his usual antic, flawed way, to enact a theatrical liberal insurgency.
The novel has the antic pace and madcap humor of a Hollywood-ready screenplay— Meet the Parents meets Garden State or something.
At British festivals our predecessors used to antic in the guise of a bull, and the bull-headed actor was entitled “The Broad”.Archaic England | Harold Bayley
If a discovery in science is announced, he will execute you an antic upon it before it gets fairly cold.The Fiend's Delight | Dod Grile
I gritted my teeth at him, danced up and down, screaming an incoherent mockery and making antic faces.Before Adam | Jack London
Nor need one necessarily play an absurd antic to be natural.Hints to Pilgrims | Charles Stephen Brooks
Her laugh, at some clumsy antic of Leonidas or some word of mine, rang again and again through the solitude of our hiding place.I Walked in Arden | Jack Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for antic
archaic an actor in a ludicrous or grotesque part; clown; buffoon
archaic fantastic; grotesque
- See also antics
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