1 Old; antique. (ZoÃ¶l.)
“Lords of antic fame.” Phaer.
2 Odd; fantastic; fanciful; grotesque; ludicrous. The antic postures of a merry-andrew. Addison. The Saxons . . . worshiped many idols, barbarous in name, some monstrous, all antic for shape. Fuller.
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. Spenser.
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. Wordsworth.
A grotesque representation. [Obs.]
5 An antimask. [Obs. or R.] Performed by knights and ladies of his court In nature of an antic. Ford.
To make appear like a buffoon. [Obs.] Shak.
To perform antics.