- 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
Related formsan·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedantic antique
Examples from the Web for antic
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|DAILY BEAST
The novel has the antic pace and madcap humor of a Hollywood-ready screenplay— Meet the Parents meets Garden State or something.
The meaning of antic, a doublet of antique, has changed considerably, but the process is easy to follow.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)|Ernest Weekley
The savages also entertained them with dancing and singing and antic tricks and grimaces.Captain John Smith|Charles Dudley Warner
Base, antic awakener of her heart's dumb cry of infinite loss!Kincaid's Battery|George W. Cable
Sports in the solitude like an antic fiend; it feeds on blood, and rivers would not sate its appetite.Tales from Blackwood|Various
Other orts and ends of rabble made up the procession, which with antic and grimace marched about the village and neighbourhood.British Goblins|Wirt Sikes