1. A foolish or ludicrous act; a caper: The students' antics got them into trouble.
2. Archaic A buffoon, especially a performing clown.
Ludicrously odd; bizarre.
[From Italian antico, ancient (used of grotesque designs on some ancient Roman artifacts), from Latin antīquus, former, old; see ant- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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