anticking

antic

[an-tik]
noun
1.
Usually, antics.
a.
a playful trick or prank; caper.
b.
a grotesque, fantastic, or ludicrous gesture, act, or posture.
2.
Archaic.
a.
an actor in a grotesque or ridiculous presentation.
b.
a buffoon; clown.
3.
Obsolete.
a.
a grotesque theatrical presentation; ridiculous interlude.
b.
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:
1520–30; 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

antically, adverb

antic, antique.
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antic (ˈæntɪk)
 
n
1.  archaic an actor in a ludicrous or grotesque part; clown; buffoon
 
adj
2.  archaic fantastic; grotesque
 
[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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antic
1520s, from It. antico "antique," from L. antiquus "old" (see antique). Originally (like grotesque) referring to the strange and fantastic representations on ancient murals unearthed around Rome, later extended to any bizarre thing or behavior, in which sense it first arrived in English.
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