antic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj antic ludicrously odd "Hamlet's assumed antic disposition","fantastic Halloween costumes","a grotesque reflection in the mirror"
    • v antic act as or like a clown
    • n antic a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The March Hare from Alice In Wonderland portrays the actual antics of real hares during springtime, when they jump around and hit their large hind feet on the ground.
    • Antic A buffoon or merry-andrew; one that practices odd gesticulations; the Fool of the old play.
    • Antic (Arch) A grotesque representation.
    • Antic 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."
    • Antic An antimask. "Performed by knights and ladies of his court
      In nature of an antic ."
    • Antic An odd imagery, device, or tracery; a fantastic figure. "Woven with antics and wild imagery."
    • Antic Odd; fantastic; fanciful; grotesque; ludicrous. "The antic postures of a merry-andrew.""The Saxons . . . worshiped many idols, barbarous in name, some monstrous, all antic for shape."
    • Antic (Zoöl) Old; antique. "Lords of antic fame."
    • v. t Antic To make appear like a buffoon.
    • v. i Antic To perform antics.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • antic Belonging to former times; ancient; antique.
    • antic Having existed for a long time; old; aged.
    • antic Proper to former times; antiquated; old-fashioned.
    • antic Fantastic, grotesque, odd, strange, or ludicrous, in form, dress, gesture, or posture.
    • n antic A man of ancient times; an ancient; in plural, the ancients.
    • n antic In art, antic work; a composition consisting of fantastic figures of men, animals, foliage, and flowers incongruously combined or run together; a fantastic, grotesque, or fanciful figure. The term is applied to certain ancient sculptures, etc., and to such figures as Raphael's arabesques; and in architecture to figures of griffins, sphinxes, centaurs, etc., introduced as ornaments.
    • n antic A grotesque, fantastic, odd, strange, or ludicrous gesture or posture; a fantastic trick; a piece of buffoonery; a caper.
    • n antic A grotesque pageant; a piece of mummery; a ridiculous interlude; a mask.
    • n antic A buffoon; a clown; a merry-andrew.
    • antic To make antic or grotesque.
    • antic To perform antics; play tricks; cut capers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Antic ant′ik grotesque: odd: ridiculous in shape, dress, &c
    • n Antic a fantastic or ancient figure, caricaturing or combining grotesquely animal or vegetable forms, or both together:
    • n Antic (Shak.) a grotesque pageant: a buffoon, clown, mountebank: a trick, mostly in pl.
    • v.t Antic (Shak.) to make grotesque
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
The same word as antique,; cf. It. antico, ancient. See Antique

Usage

In literature:

Dr. Dunlap stood in the light, but Father Baby chose the dark for those ecstatic antics into which the fiddle threw him.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
This fact they got to know, and performed incredible antics to excite her admiration.
"The Second Latchkey" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Their antics interested me and it was some time before I fell asleep again.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
I watched with fascinated eyes the antics of round, brown babies playing on the three-story housetops.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
We thought him a poor fool, and got a crude entertainment out of his antics.
"Lore of Proserpine" by Maurice Hewlett
But one is not easily wearied with their antics.
"Stories about Animals: with Pictures to Match" by Francis C. Woodworth
Peter was not the least bit surprised at his mother's antics.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
Passersby went on their way, smiling indulgently at the antics of the students.
"Andy at Yale" by Roy Eliot Stokes
The waste of time over these antics is enormous, and they are often repeated many times in an evening.
"Anticipations" by Herbert George Wells
Old Mr. Ford declared he had not laughed so much in twenty years as he did at the antics of the boys and the beetle.
"The Story of the Big Front Door" by Mary Finley Leonard
Joe's antics as he attempted to rise were too ridiculous for words.
"Curlie Carson Listens In" by Roy J. Snell
Badger, who had seen Pike's antics, clapped a hand to his eye with a grunt of pain and astonishment.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
He might have been commenting on the antics of the village half-wit, from his tone.
"Omnilingual" by H. Beam Piper
At one time he imagined he was a cook for some cowboys, and a lot more fool antics.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
Ted was getting impatient also at the fool antics of the pony.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
He had fallen desperately in love with Miss Cragiemuir, and to the unconscious girl his antics were puzzling, to say the least.
"The Statesmen Snowbound" by Robert Fitzgerald
These led the festive throng, and diverted the crowd with their droll antic buffoonery.
"A Righte Merrie Christmasse" by John Ashton
It did not seem as if a human being could survive that series of violent antics, and least of all a mere boy.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
It is like a pond after the antics of a skater.
"Journeys to Bagdad" by Charles S. Brooks
They delighted in his antics rather than in his tunes, which were exceedingly few and simple.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
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In poetry:

We the fairies blithe and antic,
Of Dimensions not gigantic,
Though the moonshine mostly keep us,
Oft in orchards frisk and peep us,
"Fairy Song" by Thomas Randolph
And they who spake all tongues there be
Made antics with solemnity,
Or closely huddled each to each
Talked ribald in a foreign speech.
"The Ballad of Iskander" by James Elroy Flecker
Woods, that beat the wind with frantic
Gestures and drop darkly 'round
Acorns gnarled and leaves that antic
Wildly on the rustling ground!
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein
'Seizing her struggling hand, EUGENIO tries
'To warn the fair Devoted, ere she flies,
'Where Infamy in silent ambush strays.
'Amidst the antic Throng, the midnight blaze.
"Louisa: A Poetical Novel. Fourth Epsitle." by Anna Seward
"Wisha, did you see the Careys? They're the highfalutin fairies."
"Tell me, who were them play-actors there that had so much to say?"
"Och, the antics and the wrigglin', and the goin's-on and gigglin'-
Wisha, did you see the Careys there to-day!"
"The Careys" by John O Brien

In news:

Birkett on Young's antics, Suh in the locker room .
While Webster Hall was playing host to Kimbra and her elaborate costume changes, the smaller, more intimate venue The Studio At Webster Hall featured an eclectic line-up that put an emphasis on big hooks and crowd-pleasing antics.
Hector " Macho " Camacho, the flamboyant boxer who awed fans with his quick hands and ring antics, was shot and critically wounded in Puerto Rico Tuesday, authorities said.
Experts pointed to several contributing factors for Malone 's win: North Carolina's conservative tenor, Malone 's name recognition, redistricting, and Goldman's antics.
His owner did not answer the bell but reportedly said the bird's antics are because of mating season.
Cases are often high conflict and can even feature mean -spirited legal antics.
In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, the writers break down all the reasons why feline viral videos are the cat's pajamas -- claiming kitty clips lick all other online animal antics.
North Korea 's missile antics.
Chuck is bringing his whacked out antics to the "D".
Following his streak of bizarre antics, Charlie Sheen closed his first Canadian tour stop by toasting the ashes of an audience member's dead husband.
Baltimore's famous streaker Mark Harvey received a surprise shout- out from Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday when she shared the Severn resident's antics with her audience.
Known for his work with Tool and A Perfect Circle, MJK is also behind the twisted antics of Puscifer.
Republicans posture for their base with their DC antics.
They are simply deaf to the people who need action, not antics.
Crow five-point harnesses are fabricated into the interior cage and keep driver and passenger well planted when putting this truck through some good dirt antics.
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In science:

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Plotkin, “A structural approach to operational sem antics. ” Aarhus University, Computer Science Department, Tech.
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Multiple physical elements to determine the gravitational-wave signatures of core-collapse supernovae
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