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antic

[ an-tik ]
/ ˈæn tɪk /
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noun

Usually antics.
  1. a playful trick or prank; caper.
  2. a grotesque, fantastic, or ludicrous gesture, act, or posture.
Archaic.
  1. an actor in a grotesque or ridiculous presentation.
  2. a buffoon; clown.
Obsolete.
  1. a grotesque theatrical presentation; ridiculous interlude.
  2. a grotesque or fantastic sculptured figure, as a gargoyle.

adjective

ludicrous; funny.
fantastic; odd; grotesque: an antic disposition.

verb (used without object), an·ticked, an·tick·ing.

Obsolete. to perform antics; caper.

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Origin of antic

1520–30; earlier antike,antique<Italian antico ancient (<Latin antīcus, antīquus;see antique), apparently taken to mean “grotesque,” as used in descriptions of fantastic figures found in Roman ruins
an·ti·cal·ly, adverb
antic , antique
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British Dictionary definitions for antic

antic
/ (ˈæntɪk) /

noun

archaic an actor in a ludicrous or grotesque part; clown; buffoon

adjective

archaic fantastic; grotesque
See also antics
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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