juggler

[juhg-ler]

noun

a person who performs juggling feats, as with balls or knives.
a person who deceives by trickery; trickster.

Nearby words

  1. jugful,
  2. jugged hare,
  3. juggernaut,
  4. juggins,
  5. juggle,
  6. jugglery,
  7. jughead,
  8. juglandaceous,
  9. jugoslav,
  10. jugoslavia

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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British Dictionary definitions for juggler

juggler

noun

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

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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