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From Middle English jogelen, partly a back-formation of Middle English jogeler (juggler), and partly a borrowing from Old French jogler, jongler (to have fun with someone), a conflation of Latin joculāri (to jest; joke) and Old French jangler (to regale; entertain; have fun; trifle with; tease; mess around; gossip; boast; meddle), from Frankish *jangalōn (to chit-chat with; gossip), akin to Middle Dutch jankelen (to murmur; whisper; mumble; grumble), frequentative of Middle Dutch janken (to moan; groan; complain). Related also to Middle Low German janken (to sigh; moan; lament), Dutch jengelen (to whine; whimper) Dutch janken (to whine; wimper).


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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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