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- to perform skillful tricks of sleight of hand with (balls, knives, etc.) as by keeping a number of them in the air continuously
- to make several awkward attempts to catch or hold (a ball, etc.)
- to manipulate or practice trickery on so as to deceive or cheat: to juggle figures so as to show a profit
Origin: Middle English jogelen from Old French jogler, to juggle, play false from Midieval Latin jogulari, to play, entertain from Classical Latin joculari, to joke from joculus, diminutive of jocus, joke
- an act of juggling
- a clever trick or deception
- juggler noun
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verb jug·gled, jug·gling, jug·gles verb, transitive
- To keep (two or more objects) in the air at one time by alternately tossing and catching them.
- To have difficulty holding; balance insecurely: juggled the ball but finally caught it; shook hands while juggling a cookie and a teacup.
- To keep (more than two activities, for example) in motion or progress at one time: managed to juggle a full-time job and homemaking.
- To manipulate in order to deceive: juggle figures in a ledger.
- To juggle objects or perform other tricks of manual dexterity.
- To make rapid motions or manipulations: juggled with the controls on the television to improve the picture.
- To use trickery; practice deception.
- The act of juggling.
- Trickery for a dishonest end.
Origin: Middle English jogelen, to entertain by performing tricks, from Old French jogler, from Latin ioculārī, to jest, from ioculus, diminutive of iocus, joke; see yek- in Indo-European roots.