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[an-tik] /ˈæn tɪk/
noun
1.
Usually, antics.
  1. a playful trick or prank; caper.
  2. a grotesque, fantastic, or ludicrous gesture, act, or posture.
2.
Archaic.
  1. an actor in a grotesque or ridiculous presentation.
  2. a buffoon; clown.
3.
Obsolete.
  1. a grotesque theatrical presentation; ridiculous interlude.
  2. a grotesque or fantastic sculptured figure, as a gargoyle.
adjective
4.
ludicrous; funny.
5.
fantastic; odd; grotesque:
an antic disposition.
verb (used without object), anticked, anticking.
6.
Obsolete. to perform antics; caper.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; earlier antike, antique < Italian antico ancient (< Latin antīcus, antīquus; see antique), apparently taken to mean “grotesque,” as used in descriptions of fantastic figures found in Roman ruins
Related forms
antically, adverb
Can be confused
antic, antique.
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British Dictionary definitions for anticked

antic

/ˈæntɪk/
noun
1.
(archaic) an actor in a ludicrous or grotesque part; clown; buffoon
adjective
2.
(archaic) fantastic; grotesque
See also antics
Word Origin
C16: from Italian antico something ancient, or grotesque (from its application to fantastic carvings found in ruins of ancient Rome); see antique
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Word Origin and History for anticked

antic

n.

1520s, "grotesque or comical gesture," from Italian antico "antique," from Latin antiquus "old" (see antique). Originally (like grotesque) a 16c. Italian word referring to the strange and fantastic representations on ancient murals unearthed around Rome (especially originally the Baths of Titus, rediscovered 16c.); later extended to "any bizarre thing or behavior," in which sense it first arrived in English. As an adjective in English from 1580s, "grotesque, bizarre."

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