verb (used with object), jug·gled, jug·gling.
- 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), jug·gled, jug·gling.
- 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.
- 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
- (tr) to keep (several activities) in progress, esp with difficulty
- an act of 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.