Definition of antics in English:


plural noun

  • Foolish, outrageous, or amusing behaviour:

    ‘the antics of our political parties’
    • ‘In fact his antics often reminded me of Tony Blair, and for that matter Bill Clinton.’
    • ‘You're free to fawn over Spidey, and thrill to his antics, but only we can really get him.’
    • ‘They resorted to keeping a diary of his escapades and videotaping his antics as evidence.’
    • ‘It was on a US television show shortly afterwards that Garrity was asked about his stage antics.’
    • ‘Isn't there a danger of voters perceiving such belligerence as the antics of a loser?’
    • ‘Their antics are a distraction from the larger questions - but no less enthralling for that.’
    • ‘You know these people are nothing on a global scale, their antics are utterly insignificant to your life.’
    • ‘All the way from Spain, Circo Imperfecto will fly in to display their high-energy antics.’
    • ‘Certainly his petulant racket-throwing antics last week were out of character.’
    • ‘She got in with us and they began talking about the previous night's antics while I listened sleepily.’
    • ‘Laughter and playful antics are all part of the tour package aimed at those who are after a particular type of holiday.’
    • ‘You need to change your reaction to their antics if you want to alter their behaviour in the first place.’
    • ‘As an almost daily user I have seen the antics of some young people in the bus station and they are almost beyond belief.’
    • ‘She seemed to get a second wind and renewed her singing, jumping, cot dancing antics.’
    • ‘Much of the laughter at the antics of the buffoons is a collective release of tension.’
    • ‘What a pair they made as they had them rolling in the aisles with their antics.’
    • ‘After all, this body was set up by parliament in order to keep a check on the parliamentary parties' antics.’
    • ‘This meant that the Warrior always had to be a stocky male who was not afraid to perform crazy antics.’
    • ‘There is nothing worse than seeing a child lose interest in the sport because of the antics of a coach.’
    • ‘The Pirates are known in rugby circles for their festive antics on and off the field.’
    capers, amusing behaviour, pranks, larks, escapades, high jinks, skylarking, stunts, tricks, horseplay, romps, frolics
    silliness, foolish behaviour, tomfoolery, foolery, clowning, buffoonery
    monkey tricks
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Early 16th century: from antic.