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[juhg-uh l] /ˈdʒʌg əl/
verb (used with object), juggled, juggling.
to keep (several objects, as balls, plates, tenpins, or knives) in continuous motion in the air simultaneously by tossing and catching.
to hold, catch, carry, or balance precariously; almost drop and then catch hold again:
The center fielder juggled the ball but finally made the catch.
to alter or manipulate in order to deceive, as by subterfuge or trickery:
to juggle the business accounts; to juggle the facts.
to manage or alternate the requirements of (two or more tasks, responsibilities, activities, etc.) so as to handle each adequately:
to juggle the obligations of job and school.
verb (used without object), juggled, juggling.
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.
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
Related forms
jugglingly, adverb
outjuggle, verb (used with object), outjuggled, outjuggling.
unjuggled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for juggling
  • While the educational value of playing in the mud and juggling dinosaur parts is questionable, it sure is fun.
  • He loved working with props, juggling everything from frying pans to vases, and he loved stretching out routines.
  • The government is juggling a sizable external debt against the urgent need for expanded public investment.
  • Sherpas are particularly good at juggling tradition with modernity when it comes to their health care.
  • juggling the roles of chef and musician is nothing new for the boys in this band.
  • Battery life should improve overall, because of the core-juggling feats mentioned above-albeit not dramatically.
  • He has recently devoted several sessions of his seminar on algebraic combinatorics to the mathematics of juggling.
  • juggling work and family, there are lots of corners one cuts.
  • Playing complex games involves juggling multiple objectives, choosing what to prioritize and what to defer.
  • They are a troupe of mimes and juggling clowns marching down a hill to distract local villagers from an unstoppable avalanche.
British Dictionary definitions for juggling


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
(transitive) to keep (several activities) in progress, esp with difficulty
an act of juggling
Derived Forms
jugglery, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French jogler to perform as a jester, from Latin joculārī to jest, from jocus a jest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for juggling



late 14c., "entertain by clowning or doing tricks," back-formation from juggler and in part from Old French jogler "play tricks, sing songs," from Late Latin ioculare (source of Italian giocolare), from Latin ioculari "to jest" (see jocular). Related: Juggled; juggling.

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



To alter, esp with a view to deception and advantage: Owners Might Juggle Lineup Before Facing Players/ They discovered that the CEO had been juggling the books (1813+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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