- 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.
verb (used without object), an·ticked, an·tick·ing.
Origin of antic
Examples from the Web for antic
Contemporary Examples of antic
Berlusconi repeated the antic in the afternoon in the lower house of Parliament, this time to jeers from fellow politicians.Silvio Berlusconi: The Joker Is Back
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 6, 2012
It was antic, manic, magical, and mischievous—and thoroughly British.Olympics Opening-Ceremonies Review: Hats Off, Danny Boy
July 29, 2012
The novel has the antic pace and madcap humor of a Hollywood-ready screenplay— Meet the Parents meets Garden State or something.Summer of Our White Male Discontent
August 4, 2009
Historical Examples of antic
"I recall one antic, just before you left us—" He broke off to meditate.
I spoke to her, and she complained about the antic behaviour of the land.The Cruise of the Snark
A sample, a fair sample, of the antic tricks we cut up on the beach of Manatomana.The Red One
"I'm paid for my body, not for my voice; so let my body play the antic," she muttered, angrily.Sylvia & Michael
The situation seemed, in antic irony, to be reversing itself.Satan Sanderson
Hallie Erminie Rives
Word Origin for antic
1520s, "grotesque or comical gesture," from Italian antico "antique," from Latin antiquus "old" (see antique). Originally (like grotesque) a 16c. Italian word referring to the strange and fantastic representations on ancient murals unearthed around Rome (especially originally the Baths of Titus, rediscovered 16c.); later extended to "any bizarre thing or behavior," in which sense it first arrived in English. As an adjective in English from 1580s, "grotesque, bizarre."