antic

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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from Italian antico (ancient), used to describe ancient wall paintings from classical times, from Latin antiquus (venerable)[1]. See also grottesco (grotesque). Doublet of antique.

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antic (comparative more antic, superlative most antic)

  1. Playful, funny, absurd
  2. (architecture, art) Grotesque, incongruous.
    • 2004, John Chase, Glitter Stucco and Dumpster Diving: Reflections on Building Production in the Vernacular city, page 58:
      The amusement park environment of seaside resorts such as Venice and the antic eclecticism of Greene & Greene's pre-Craftsman work all preceded the establishment of the movie colony in Hollywood.
  3. (archaic) Grotesque, bizarre
    • 1865, Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod:
      a fourth would fondly kiss and paw his companions, and sneer in their faces, with a countenance more antic than any in a Dutch droll.
    • 1599-1601, William Shakespeare, Hamlet:
      As I perchance hereafter shall think meet / To put an antic disposition on.
    • 1591-1595, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet:
      Fetch me my rapier, boy. What dares the slave / Come hither, cover'd with an antic face, To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?
  4. Obsolete form of antique.
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antic (plural antics)

  1. (architecture, art, obsolete) A grotesque representation of a figure; a gargoyle.
  2. A caricature.
  3. (often in plural) A ludicrous gesture or act; ridiculous behaviour; caper.
  4. A grotesque performer or clown, buffoon.
    • 1978, Walter C. Foreman, The Music of the Close: The Final Scenes of Shakespeare’s Tragedies, page 90:
      The Grave-maker, like the professional fools and Falstaff, and like Hamlet himself, is an antic, a grotesque, one who demonstrates to men how foolish and
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antic (third-person singular simple present antics, present participle anticking, simple past and past participle anticked)

  1. (intransitive) To perform antics, to caper.
    • 1917 April, Jack London, chapter IV, in Jerry of the Islands, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, OCLC 775437, page 54:
      Jerry no more than cocked a contemptuous quizzical eye at the mainsail anticking above him. He knew already the empty windiness of its threats, but he was careful of the mainsheet blocks, and walked around the traveller instead of over it.
  2. (obsolete) To make a fool of, to cause to look ridiculous.
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene vii]:
      Gentle lords, let's part; / You see we have burnt our cheeks: strong Enobarb / Is weaker than the wine; and mine own tongue / Splits what it speaks: the wild disguise hath almost / Antick'd us all.
    • 1964, Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts:
      Whether one's surroundings were anticked up or not, one often felt one was living in another century at Roque.
    • 1982, The Picturesque Tour, page 25:
      Surtees became a friend of Walter Scott and played a very "anticking" joke upon the author.
  3. (transitive, rare) To perform (an action) as an antic; to mimic ridiculously.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, page 70:
      She unfastened her dress, her arms arched thin and high, her shadow anticking her movements.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From anticipation.

Noun[edit]

antic (plural antics)

  1. (animation) A pose, often exaggerated, in anticipation of an action; for example, a brief squat before jumping

References[edit]

  1. ^ Funk, W. J., Word origins and their romantic stories, New York, Wilfred Funk, Inc.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Occitan antic, from Latin antīquus (variant antīcus).

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antic (feminine antiga, masculine plural antics, feminine plural antigues)

  1. old

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin antīquus. Compare the inherited antive (from the Latin feminine antīqua, which influenced the masculine equivalent form antif; compare also the evolution of Spanish antiguo).

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antic m (oblique and nominative feminine singular antique)

  1. ancient; very old

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  • English: antique (borrowing)
  • French: antique

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Old Occitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin antīquus (variant antīcus).

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antic

  1. ancient; very old

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French antique, from Latin antiquus.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈan.tik/, /anˈtik/

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antic m or n (feminine singular antică, masculine plural antici, feminine and neuter plural antice)

  1. ancient

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antic m (plural antici)

  1. ancient

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