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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [an-tik]
    • /ˈæn tɪk/
    • /ˈæn.tɪks/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [an-tik]
    • /ˈæn tɪk/

Definitions of antics word

  • noun plural antics Antics are funny, silly, or unusual ways of behaving. 3
  • noun plural antics absurd or grotesque acts or postures 3
  • noun antics Usually, antics. a playful trick or prank; caper. a grotesque, fantastic, or ludicrous gesture, act, or posture. 1
  • noun antics Archaic. an actor in a grotesque or ridiculous presentation. a buffoon; clown. 1
  • noun antics Obsolete. a grotesque theatrical presentation; ridiculous interlude. a grotesque or fantastic sculptured figure, as a gargoyle. 1
  • adjective antics ludicrous; funny. 1

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Origin of antics

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
1520-30; earlier antike, antique < Italian antico ancient (< Latin antīcus, antīquus; see antique), apparently taken to mean “grotesque,” as used in descriptions of fantastic figures found in Roman ruins

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Parts of speech for Antics


antics popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

antics usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for antics

noun antics

  • clowning — clownish behaviour
  • tricks — a crafty or underhanded device, maneuver, stratagem, or the like, intended to deceive or cheat; artifice; ruse; wile.
  • capers — the flower buds of the caper plant, which are pickled and used as a condiment
  • playfulness — full of play or fun; sportive; frolicsome.
  • behavior — People's or animals' behavior is the way that they behave. You can refer to a typical and repeated way of behaving as a behavior.

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