What does antic mean?

Definitions for antic
ˈæn tɪkan·tic

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word antic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. antic, joke, prank, trick, caper, put-onadjective

    a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement

  2. antic, fantastic, fantastical, grotesqueverb

    ludicrously odd

    "Hamlet's assumed antic disposition"; "fantastic Halloween costumes"; "a grotesque reflection in the mirror"

  3. clown, clown around, anticverb

    act as or like a clown


  1. anticnoun

    A grotesque representation of a figure; a gargoyle.

  2. anticnoun

    A pose, often exaggerated, in anticipation of an action; for example, a brief squat before jumping

  3. anticnoun

    A caricature.

  4. anticnoun

    A ludicrous gesture or act; ridiculous behaviour.

  5. anticnoun

    A grotesque performer or clown.

  6. anticverb

    To perform antics.

  7. anticverb

    To make a fool of.

  8. anticverb

    To perform (an action) as an antic; to mimic ridiculously.

  9. anticadjective

    Grotesque, incongruous.

  10. anticadjective

    Grotesque, bizarre; absurd.


  1. ANTIC

    Alphanumeric Television Interface Controller (ANTIC) is an LSI ASIC dedicated to generating 2D computer graphics to be shown on a television screen or computer display. Under the direction of Jay Miner, the chip was designed in 1977-1978 by Joe Decuir, Francois Michel, and Steve Smith for the Atari 8-bit family of home computers first released in 1979 and was patented by Atari, Inc. in 1981. ANTIC is also used in the 1982 Atari 5200 video game console, which shares most of the same hardware as the 8-bit computers. For every frame of video, ANTIC reads a program of instructions to define the playfield, or background graphics, then delivers a data stream to the companion CTIA or GTIA chip which adds color and overlays sprites (referred to as "Player/Missile graphics" by Atari). Each ANTIC instruction corresponds to either blank scan lines or one of 14 graphics modes used for a horizontal band of the display. The height of each band depends on the mode. A full program, or display list in Atari parlance, specifies the entire display built from a stack of individual modes. The display list also specifies where the data for each row comes from. For character modes, the base address of the character bitmaps themselves is stored in an on-chip register and can be changed. Display list instructions can also enable horizontal and vertical fine scrolling and mark that an interrupt should occur. An interrupt allows arbitrary 6502 code to execute, usually to change display-related settings in the middle of a frame. Atari computer magazine Antic was named after the chip.


  1. antic

    Antic refers to a playful, foolish, or absurd behavior or action, often intended to entertain or amuse. It can also describe a prank or lighthearted trick often meant to draw attention or cause laughter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anticadjective

    old; antique

  2. Anticadjective

  3. Anticadjective

    odd; fantastic; fanciful; grotesque; ludicrous

  4. Anticnoun

    a buffoon or merry-andrew; one that practices odd gesticulations; the Fool of the old play

  5. Anticnoun

    an odd imagery, device, or tracery; a fantastic figure

  6. Anticnoun

    a grotesque trick; a piece of buffoonery; a caper

  7. Anticnoun

    a grotesque representation

  8. Anticnoun

    an antimask

  9. Anticverb

    to make appear like a buffoon

  10. Anticverb

    to perform antics

  11. Etymology: [The same word as antique; cf. It. antico ancient. See Antique.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Antic

    ant′ik, adj. grotesque: odd: ridiculous in shape, dress, &c.—n. a fantastic or ancient figure, caricaturing or combining grotesquely animal or vegetable forms, or both together: (Shak.) a grotesque pageant: a buffoon, clown, mountebank: a trick, mostly in pl.v.t. (Shak.) to make grotesque.—v.i. An′ticize (Browning), to play antics. [It. antico, equivalent to It. grottesco, and orig. used of the fantastic decorations composed of human and other forms found in the remains of ancient Rome—L. antiquus.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ANTIC

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Antic is ranked #96368 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Antic surname appeared 189 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Antic.

    94.7% or 179 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

Anagrams for antic »

  1. actin

  2. can it

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of antic in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of antic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of antic in a Sentence

  1. Burton:

    It is a kind of policy in these days to prefix a fantastical title to a book which is to be sold; for as larks come down to a day-net, many vain readers will tarry and stand gazing, like silly passengers, at an antic picture in a painter?s shop that will not look at a judicious piece.

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  • مضاد أذىArabic
  • страненBulgarian
  • forsynetDanish
  • grotesk, Eskapade, Marotte, Posse, Albernheit, Narretei, MätzchenGerman
  • αντίκαGreek
  • antaŭeEsperanto
  • payasada, absurdo, bufonada, incongruente, ridículo, grotescoSpanish
  • انتیکPersian
  • ilveily, pelleily, irvokas, karikatyyri, ruma, pilakuva, ilveillä, naurettava, groteski, irvikuva, liioiteltu, pelleillä, narri, pelle, ilveilijä, vääristynytFinnish
  • bohóckodik, bolondozik, bohóckodás, karikatúraHungarian
  • խավար, դառնարArmenian
  • pagliaccio, caricatura, grottesco, obbrobrioso, buffoneItalian
  • アンティックJapanese
  • 사전적인Korean
  • antiquisLatin
  • bizar, doen, clown, kuur, karikatuur, zot, uithalen, grotesk, absurd, zotternij, onpassendDutch
  • forhåndsbetaltNorwegian
  • wybrykPolish
  • caricatura, grotescoPortuguese
  • demodat, învechit, neadecvatRomanian
  • förväntanSwedish
  • எதிர்காலிTamil
  • фіглярствоUkrainian
  • אַנטיקYiddish
  • 滑稽Chinese

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