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[juhg-ler] /ˈdʒʌg lər/
a person who performs juggling feats, as with balls or knives.
a person who deceives by trickery; trickster.
Origin of juggler
before 1100; Middle English jogelour, jogeler, jugelour < Anglo-French jogelour, jugelur, Old French jogleor, jougleor (see jongleur) ≪ Latin joculātor joker, equivalent to joculā(rī) (see juggle) + -tor -tor; replacing Old English gēogelere magician, cognate with German Gaukler, both directly < Latin, as above
Can be confused
juggler, jugular. Unabridged
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  • The audience now had the appearance of one watching a juggler perform a trick.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Napier thought there was some collusion between the juggler and his retainer.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • The juggler looked attentively at the hand, and said he would not make the trial.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • As a mountebank, a juggler, a quack doctor—I spurned the very idea.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • He minds you somewhat of a juggler, balancing a long staff on his chin.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • The barefaced audacity of the act (like that of a juggler) caused it to pass unobserved.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • The first person they stopped to watch was a juggler doing tricks.

    The Irish Twins Lucy Fitch Perkins
  • A juggler who makes as much of this worst of all possible worlds as if it were the best.

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
  • She suffered with the juggler as he fought a battle with his soul.

    The Magic Curtain

    Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for juggler


a person who juggles, esp a professional entertainer
a person who fraudulently manipulates facts or figures
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Word Origin and History for juggler

c.1100, iugulere "jester, buffoon," also "wizard, sorcerer," from Old English geogelere "magician, conjurer," also from Anglo-French jogelour, Old French jogleor (accusative), from Latin ioculatorem (nominative ioculator) "joker," from ioculari "to joke, to jest" (see jocular). Connecting notion between "magician" and "juggler" is dexterity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for juggler



pusher (1960s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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