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Definition of "antic" []

  • A ludicrous or extravagant act or gesture; a caper. (noun)
  • Archaic A buffoon, especially a performing clown. (noun)
  • Ludicrously odd; fantastic. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "antic" in a sentence
  • "A week without another nutcase Republican antic is like a day without sunshine."
  • "Brun, the Swiss observed, that it was un beau morceau, and Mr. Pallet replied, — “Yes, yes, one may see with half an eye, that it can be the production of no other; for Bomorso’s style both in colouring and drapery, is altogether peculiar: then his design is tame, and his expression antic and unnatural."
  • "In all those instances, the campaigns adopt an approach that could be described as antic whimsy, offering over-the-top statements that are delivered with a straight face - and tongue planted firmly in cheek."