An"tic, v. i. To perform antics.

An"tic, 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.

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.

4. (Arch.) A grotesque representation. [Obs.]

5. An antimask. [Obs. or R.]

Performed by knights and ladies of his court
In nature of an antic.

An"tic, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Anticked (?), Antickt.] To make appear like a buffoon. [Obs.] Shak.

An"tic (?), a. [The same word as antique; cf. It. antico ancient. See Antique.] 1. Old; antique. [Obs.] "Lords of antic fame." Phaer.

2. Odd; fantastic; fanciful; grotesque; ludicrous.

The antic postures of a merry- andrew.


The Saxons . . . worshiped many idols, barbarous in name, some monstrous, all antic for shape.