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Borrowing from Old French jangler, jogler, from Latin ioculo, ioculare, influenced by Frankish *jangalon.


Animation of juggling.
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juggle (third-person singular simple present juggles, present participle juggling, simple past and past participle juggled)

  1. To manipulate objects, such as balls, clubs, beanbags, rings, etc. in an artful or artistic manner. Juggling may also include assorted other circus skills such as the diabolo, devil sticks, hat, and cigar box manipulation as well.
    She can juggle flaming torches.
  2. To handle or manage many tasks at once.
    He juggled home, school, and work for two years.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To deceive by trick or artifice.
    • Shakespeare
      Is't possible the spells of France should juggle / Men into such strange mysteries?
    • Shakespeare
      Be these juggling fiends no more believed.

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juggle (plural juggles)

  1. (juggling) To throw and catch each prop at least twice, as a opposed to a flash.

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