[juhg-uh l]

verb (used with object), jug·gled, jug·gling.

verb (used without object), jug·gled, jug·gling.

to perform feats of manual or bodily dexterity, as tossing up and keeping in continuous motion a number of balls, plates, knives, etc.
to use artifice or trickery.


the act or fact of juggling.

Origin of juggle

1350–1400; Middle English jog(e)len < Old French jogler to serve as buffoon or jester < Late Latin joculāre to joke (replacing Latin joculārī), equivalent to Latin jocul(us) (joc(us) joke + -ulus -ule) + -āre infinitive suffix
Related formsjug·gling·ly, adverbout·jug·gle, verb (used with object), out·jug·gled, out·jug·gling.un·jug·gled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for juggle

Contemporary Examples of juggle

Historical Examples of juggle

  • Would you wish by trick or quibble to juggle me out of these last acres?

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Wally reached out, and took the bullet from him that he might juggle it curiously in his own fingers.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • But somebody produced a slipstick and began to juggle it expertly.

    Sand Doom

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • He wants to show you how you can juggle ore so you can save everything but the smell.

  • I am sure there is some juggle here: hang me, if I think he is an Italian after all.

    The Lady of Lyons

    Edward Bulwer Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for juggle



to throw and catch (several objects) continuously so that most are in the air all the time, as an entertainment
to arrange or manipulate (facts, figures, etc) so as to give a false or misleading picture
(tr) to keep (several activities) in progress, esp with difficulty


an act of juggling
Derived Formsjugglery, noun

Word Origin for juggle

C14: from Old French jogler to perform as a jester, from Latin joculārī to jest, from jocus a jest
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Word Origin and History for juggle

late 14c., "entertain by clowning or doing tricks," back-formation from juggler and in part from Old French jogler "play tricks, sing songs," from Late Latin ioculare (source of Italian giocolare), from Latin ioculari "to jest" (see jocular). Related: Juggled; juggling.

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