Antic

Definition of Antic

An´tic   Pronunciation: ăn´tĭk
a.1.(Zool.) Old; antique.
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.
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.
5.An antimask.
Performed by knights and ladies of his court
In nature of an antic.
- Ford.
v. t.1.To make appear like a buffoon.
[imp. & p. p. Anticked ( ), Antickt.]
v. i.1.To perform antics.

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