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[juhg-ler] /ˈdʒʌg lər/
a person who performs juggling feats, as with balls or knives.
a person who deceives by trickery; trickster.
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() (see juggle) + -tor -tor; replacing Old English gēogelere magician, cognate with German Gaukler, both directly < Latin, as above
Can be confused
juggler, jugular. Unabridged
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  • Mr. Crookes might, with equal propriety, examine the performances of an Indian juggler.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion
  • He minds you somewhat of a juggler, balancing a long staff on his chin.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • It was the invention of a juggler named Comus, who performed it with his eyes bandaged.

    The Sharper Detected and Exposed Jean-Eugne Robert-Houdin
  • All this was done with the ease and liability of a Hindoo juggler.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • This was probably put up outside the house or booth of a juggler, and served as his sign.

    The Story of Perugia Margaret Symonds
  • The barefaced audacity of the act (like that of a juggler) caused it to pass unobserved.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • I thank you, gentlemen,” he said good-humoredly; “but I am not a juggler.

  • I hardly suppose you came fee in hand, as to a juggler in the street?

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • Having concluded this, the juggler executes the following exploit.

British Dictionary definitions for juggler


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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for juggler



pusher (1960s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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