- 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.
- antibody excess,
- antibody-mediated immunity,
Origin of antic
Examples from the Web for antics
They even released a (pretty damn weak) hip-hop song on SoundCloud recounting their antics.
Manning's antics have earned him inches in print and occasional spots on television.
He is known for his edgy, often nude photos of girls out on the town and for documenting his late night antics.
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|Marlow Stern|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And for Ukrainians, such anti-Semitic antics recall a different time that produced far more lethal outcomes.
The friend's antics in a drawing-room are somewhat regrettable, but you would not say of him that his manners were bad.Literary Taste: How to Form It|Arnold Bennett
Once they came upon a village of prairie dogs and paused to watch their antics for a moment.The Man of the Desert|Grace Livingston Hill
One baboon had so wearied his pursuers by his antics that they pointed a gun at him, though with no intention of firing.The Animal Story Book|Various
A physician was driving through a village when he saw a man amusing a crowd with the antics of his trick dog.Toaster's Handbook|Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
"Eighty," the young lady jested, looking with a laugh at the antics of the artist as he danced.The Schoolmistress and Other Stories|Anton Chekhov
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."