[ juhg-uh l ]
/ ˈdʒʌg əl /

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


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

/ (ˈdʒʌɡəl) /


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 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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