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juggler

[juhg-ler]
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noun
  1. a person who performs juggling feats, as with balls or knives.
  2. a person who deceives by trickery; trickster.
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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 confusedjuggler jugular
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Examples from the Web for juggler

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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.

  • He minds you somewhat of a juggler, balancing a long staff on his chin.


British Dictionary definitions for juggler

juggler

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

n.

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.

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