Definition of antics in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈantɪks/

plural noun

Foolish, outrageous, or amusing behaviour: the antics of our political parties
More example sentences
  • Much of the laughter at the antics of the buffoons is a collective release of tension.
  • They resorted to keeping a diary of his escapades and videotaping his antics as evidence.
  • You need to change your reaction to their antics if you want to alter their behaviour in the first place.
capers, amusing behaviour, pranks, larks, escapades, high jinks, skylarking, stunts, tricks, horseplay, romps, frolics;
silliness, foolish behaviour, tomfoolery, foolery, clowning, buffoonery
British informal monkey tricks
North American informal didoes
archaic harlequinades


Early 16th century: from antic.

  • antiquity from Middle English:

    This word comes from Latin antiquitas, from antiquus ‘old, former’ developed from ante ‘before’ ( see ante). Antics (early 16th century) is from the same source by way of Italian antico ‘antique’, used to mean grotesque, and as a term for the grinning faces carved on architecture fashionable at the time. From this it came to be used for grotesque behaviour.

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