from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ludicrous or extravagant act or gesture; a caper.
  • n. Archaic A buffoon, especially a performing clown.
  • adj. Ludicrously odd; fantastic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Grotesque, incongruous.
  • adj. Grotesque, bizarre; absurd.
  • adj. Alternative form of antique.
  • n. A grotesque representation of a figure; a gargoyle.
  • n. A caricature.
  • n. A ludicrous gesture or act; ridiculous behaviour.
  • n. A grotesque performer or clown.
  • n. A pose, often exaggerated, in anticipation of an action; for example, a brief squat before jumping
  • v. To perform antics.
  • v. this sense?) To make a fool of.
  • v. To perform (an action) as an antic; to mimic ridiculously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Old; antique.
  • adj. Odd; fantastic; fanciful; grotesque; ludicrous.
  • n. A buffoon or merry-andrew; one that practices odd gesticulations; the Fool of the old play.
  • n. An odd imagery, device, or tracery; a fantastic figure.
  • n. A grotesque trick; a piece of buffoonery; a caper.
  • n. A grotesque representation.
  • n. An antimask.
  • intransitive v. To perform antics.
  • transitive v. To make appear like a buffoon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to former times; ancient; antique.
  • Having existed for a long time; old; aged.
  • Proper to former times; antiquated; old-fashioned.
  • Fantastic, grotesque, odd, strange, or ludicrous, in form, dress, gesture, or posture.
  • n. A man of ancient times; an ancient; in plural, the ancients.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A grotesque, fantastic, odd, strange, or ludicrous gesture or posture; a fantastic trick; a piece of buffoonery; a caper.
  • n. A grotesque pageant; a piece of mummery; a ridiculous interlude; a mask.
  • n. A buffoon; a clown; a merry-andrew.
  • To make antic or grotesque.
  • To perform antics; play tricks; cut capers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. act as or like a clown
  • adj. ludicrously odd
  • n. a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Italian antico, ancient (used of grotesque designs on some ancient Roman artifacts), from Latin antīquus, former, old; see ant- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably from Italian antico ("ancient, fanciful") (used to describe ancient wall paintings from classical times) from Latin antiquus ("venerable"). See also grottesco ("grotesque").


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  • I took a long hard look

    At the heroes of my youth

    And their antics on the page they're on

    Can no longer sustain me

    Ever since I was a boy

    They brought me joy

    But the shackles of the way I was

    Can no longer contain me.

    (I took a long hard look, by Belle and Sebastian)

    February 4, 2009