1 : an attention-drawing, often wildly playful or funny act or action
2 archaic : a performer of a grotesque or ludicrous part
Thorin’s antics kept the jailor distracted while Jaina slipped past and picked the lock.
This is just a word anyone who uses the english language should know. Although, this was my first exposure to the archaic definition. Calling someone an antic sounds weird, but again if you need words to adjust an NPC’s dialect, this one works.