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Meaning of ANTIC

Pronunciation:  'antik

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

ANTIC is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \An"tic\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Anticked}, {Antickt}.]
    To make appear like a buffoon. [Obs.] --Shak.
  4. \An"tic\, v. i.
    To perform antics.
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