noun an·tic \ˈan-tik\

Definition of ANTIC

:  an attention-drawing often wildly playful or funny act or action :  caper <childish antics>
archaic :  a performer of a grotesque or ludicrous part :  buffoon

Examples of ANTIC

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

Origin of ANTIC

Italian antico ancient thing or person, from antico ancient, from Latin antiquus — more at antique
First Known Use: 1529

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

Rhymes with ANTIC



: very playful, funny, or silly

Full Definition of ANTIC

archaic :  grotesque, bizarre
a :  characterized by clownish extravagance or absurdity
b :  whimsically gay :  frolicsome
an·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ANTIC

  1. <antic shenanigans that made me nearly fall over with laughter>
  2. <an antic group of kids at summer camp>

First Known Use of ANTIC

ANTICALLY Defined for Kids


noun an·tic \ˈan-tik\

Definition of ANTIC for Kids

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


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