from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ludicrous or extravagant act or gesture; a caper.
- n. Archaic A buffoon, especially a performing clown.
- adj. Ludicrously odd; fantastic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Grotesque, incongruous.
- adj. Grotesque, bizarre; absurd.
- adj. Alternative form of antique.
- n. A grotesque representation of a figure; a gargoyle.
- n. A caricature.
- n. A ludicrous gesture or act; ridiculous behaviour.
- n. A grotesque performer or clown.
- n. A pose, often exaggerated, in anticipation of an action; for example, a brief squat before jumping
- v. To perform antics.
- v. this sense?) To make a fool of.
- v. To perform (an action) as an antic; to mimic ridiculously.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Old; antique.
- adj. Odd; fantastic; fanciful; grotesque; ludicrous.
- n. A buffoon or merry-andrew; one that practices odd gesticulations; the Fool of the old play.
- n. An odd imagery, device, or tracery; a fantastic figure.
- n. A grotesque trick; a piece of buffoonery; a caper.
- n. A grotesque representation.
- n. An antimask.
- transitive v. To make appear like a buffoon.
- intransitive v. To perform antics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to former times; ancient; antique.
- Having existed for a long time; old; aged.
- Proper to former times; antiquated; old-fashioned.
- Fantastic, grotesque, odd, strange, or ludicrous, in form, dress, gesture, or posture.
- n. A man of ancient times; an ancient; in plural, the ancients.
- n. In art, antic work; a composition consisting of fantastic figures of men, animals, foliage, and flowers incongruously combined or run together; a fantastic, grotesque, or fanciful figure.
- n. A grotesque, fantastic, odd, strange, or ludicrous gesture or posture; a fantastic trick; a piece of buffoonery; a caper.
- n. A grotesque pageant; a piece of mummery; a ridiculous interlude; a mask.
- n. A buffoon; a clown; a merry-andrew.
- To make antic or grotesque.
- To perform antics; play tricks; cut capers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. act as or like a clown
- adj. ludicrously odd
- n. a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
From Italian antico, ancient (used of grotesque designs on some ancient Roman artifacts), from Latin antīquus, former, old; see ant- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from Italian antico ("ancient, fanciful") (used to describe ancient wall paintings from classical times) from Latin antiquus ("venerable"). See also grottesco ("grotesque"). (Wiktionary)