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antic

play
noun an·tic \ˈan-tik\

Definition of antic

  1. 1 :  an attention-drawing often wildly playful or funny act or action :  caper <childish antics>

  2. 2 archaic :  a performer of a grotesque or ludicrous part :  buffoon



Examples of antic in a sentence

  1. <we'll have no more of your antics, so just settle down>



Origin and Etymology of antic

Italian antico ancient thing or person, from antico ancient, from Latin antiquus — more at antique


First Known Use: 1529

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antic

adjective an·tic

Simple Definition of antic

  • : very playful, funny, or silly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of antic

  1. 1 archaic :  grotesque, bizarre

  2. 2 a :  characterized by clownish extravagance or absurdity b :  whimsically gay :  frolicsome

antically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of antic in a sentence

  1. <antic shenanigans that made me nearly fall over with laughter>

  2. <an antic group of kids at summer camp>



Did You Know?

When Renaissance Italians began exploring the ancient Roman ruins around them, they discovered fantastic mural paintings that they called grottesca (which means "grotesques," a name given to the paintings because they were found in caves, or grotte). Because they were so old, the murals were also called antichi, or "ancient things." English speakers adopted antichi, modifying it to antike or anticke, and eventually any behavior or dress reminiscent of the kind depicted in the Roman murals became known as an antic. Within 20 years of its earliest recorded uses as a noun, antic began appearing as an English adjective. Originally, it meant "grotesque" or "bizarre" (a sense now considered archaic), but today it means "playful, funny, or absurd" and the noun means "an often wildly playful or funny act."

1548

First Known Use of antic

1548

Rhymes with antic


ANTIC Defined for Kids

antic

play
noun an·tic \ˈan-tik\

Definition of antic for Students

  1. :  a wildly playful or funny act or action <We laughed at the kitten's antics.>





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