Definitions for: Antic


[n] a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
[adj] ludicrously odd; "Hamlet's assumed antic disposition"; "fantastic Halloween costumes"; "a grotesque reflection in the mirror"
[v] act as or like a clown



Webster (1913) Definition: An"tic, a. [The same word as antique; cf. It. antico
ancient. See Antique.]
1. Old; antique. (Zo["o]l.) ``Lords of antic fame.'' --Phaer.

2. Odd; fantastic; fanciful; grotesque; ludicrous.

The antic postures of a merry-andrew. --Addison.

The Saxons . . . worshiped many idols, barbarous in
name, some monstrous, all antic for shape. --Fuller.


An"tic, n.
1. A buffoon or merry-andrew; one that practices odd
gesticulations; the Fool of the old play.

2. An odd imagery, device, or tracery; a fantastic figure.

Woven with antics and wild imagery. --Spenser.

3. A grotesque trick; a piece of buffoonery; a caper.

And fraught with antics as the Indian bird That
writhes and chatters in her wiry cage. --Wordsworth.

4. (Arch.) A grotesque representation. [Obs.]

5. An antimask. [Obs. or R.]

Performed by knights and ladies of his court In
nature of an antic. --Ford.


An"tic, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Anticked, Antickt.]
To make appear like a buffoon. [Obs.] --Shak.


An"tic, v. i.
To perform antics.

Synonyms: caper, clown, clown around, fantastic, fantastical, grotesque, joke, prank, put-on, strange, trick, unusual

See Also: dirty trick, diversion, jest, joke, practical joke, recreation

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