(intransitive) To perform antics, caper. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (obsolete) To make a fool of, to cause to look ridiculous. (transitive, rare) To perform (an action) as an antic; to mimic ridiculously.
1.Usually, antics. a playful trick or prank; caper. a grotesque, fantastic, or ludicrous gesture, act, or posture.
2.Archaic. an actor in a grotesque or ridiculous presentation. a buffoon; clown.
3.Obsolete. a grotesque theatrical presentation; ridiculous interlude. a grotesque or fantastic sculptured figure, as a gargoyle.
5.fantastic; odd; grotesque, an antic disposition.
6.Obsolete. to perform antics; caper.
1. (archaic) an actor in a ludicrous or grotesque part; clown; buffoon adjective
2. (archaic) fantastic; grotesque See also antics Word OriginC16, from Italian antico something ancient, or grotesque (from its application to fantastic carvings found in ruins of ancient Rome); see antiqueCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1520s, "grotesque or comical gesture," from Italian antico "antique," from Latin antiquus "old" (see antique). Originally (like grotesque) a 16c. Italian word referring to the strange and fantastic representations on ancient murals unearthed around Rome (especially originally the Baths of Titus, rediscovered 16c.); later extended to "any bizarre thing or behavior," in which sense it first arrived in English. As an adjective in English from 1580s, "grotesque, bizarre."
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