verb (used with object), jug·gled, jug·gling.

  1. to keep (several objects, as balls, plates, tenpins, or knives) in continuous motion in the air simultaneously by tossing and catching.
  2. 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.
  3. to alter or manipulate in order to deceive, as by subterfuge or trickery: to juggle the business accounts; to juggle the facts.
  4. 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.

  1. to perform feats of manual or bodily dexterity, as tossing up and keeping in continuous motion a number of balls, plates, knives, etc.
  2. to use artifice or trickery.


  1. the act or fact of juggling.


  1. to throw and catch (several objects) continuously so that most are in the air all the time, as an entertainment
  2. to arrange or manipulate (facts, figures, etc) so as to give a false or misleading picture
  3. (tr) to keep (several activities) in progress, esp with difficulty


  1. 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.

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