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juggle

[ juhg-uhl ]
/ ˈdʒʌg əl /
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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.

noun

the act or fact of juggling.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM juggle

jug·gling·ly, adverboutjuggle, verb (used with object), out·jug·gled, out·jug·gling.un·jug·gled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for juggle

juggle
/ (ˈdʒʌɡəl) /

verb

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

noun

an act of juggling

Derived forms of juggle

jugglery, 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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