- 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 antics
Contemporary Examples of antics
They even released a (pretty damn weak) hip-hop song on SoundCloud recounting their antics.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
Manning's antics have earned him inches in print and occasional spots on television.‘Crazy’ Harlem Pastor Hates on Obama and Gays
September 28, 2014
He is known for his edgy, often nude photos of girls out on the town and for documenting his late night antics.Fashion's Naughtiest Photographer, Olivier Zahm
September 9, 2014
Many of our classmates related to Robin by doing bits with him, attempting to keep pace with his antics.Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve's Epic Friendship and the Greatest Williams Story Ever Told
August 12, 2014
And for Ukrainians, such anti-Semitic antics recall a different time that produced far more lethal outcomes.Passover Week Hate Crimes Evoke Horrible History
April 22, 2014
Historical Examples of antics
On the front seat is a peasant, laughing at the antics of the clown.The American Mind
All that he had done was like the antics of a colt compared with what followed.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
"I ought to beg your pardon for these antics," he said, adjusting his hat.Victory
The prisoners, the jailers and spectators laughed at its antics.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)
Alexandre Dumas pre
He had, it seemed, been first of all terrified by Frank's antics.Red Cap Tales
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
Word Origin for antic
"ludicrous behavior," 1520s; see 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."