Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To keep (two or more objects) in the air at one time by alternately tossing and catching them.
  • transitive v. To have difficulty holding; balance insecurely: juggled the ball but finally caught it; shook hands while juggling a cookie and a teacup.
  • transitive v. To keep (more than two activities, for example) in motion or progress at one time: managed to juggle a full-time job and homemaking.
  • transitive v. To manipulate in order to deceive: juggle figures in a ledger.
  • intransitive v. To juggle objects or perform other tricks of manual dexterity.
  • intransitive v. To make rapid motions or manipulations: juggled with the controls on the television to improve the picture.
  • intransitive v. To use trickery; practice deception.
  • n. The act of juggling.
  • n. Trickery for a dishonest end.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. 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.
  • v. To handle or manage many tasks at once.
  • n. To throw and catch each prop at least twice, as a opposed to a flash.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A trick by sleight of hand.
  • n. An imposture; a deception.
  • n. A block of timber cut to a length, either in the round or split.
  • intransitive v. To play tricks by sleight of hand; to cause amusement and sport by tricks of skill; to conjure; especially, to maintian several objects in the air at one time by tossing them up with one hand, catching them with the other hand, and passing them from the catching to the tossing hand.
  • intransitive v. To practice artifice or imposture.
  • transitive v. To deceive by trick or artifice.
  • transitive v. To maintain (several objects) in continuous motion in the air at one time by tossing them up with one hand, catching them with the other hand, and passing them from the catching to the tossing hand; variations on this basic motion are also used. Also used figuratively: see senses 3 and 4.
  • transitive v. To alter (financial records) secretly for the purpose of theft or deception.
  • transitive v. To arrange the performance two tasks or responsibilities at alternate times, so as to be able to do both

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play tricks by sleight of hand; perform acts which make a show of extraordinary powers; practise legerdemain; conjure.
  • To play false; practise artifice or imposture.
  • To deceive by trick or artifice; impose upon by sleight of hand; trick.
  • n. A trick by legerdemain; an imposture; a deception.
  • n. A dialectal variant of joggle.
  • n. A block of timber cut to a length, either in the round or split.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. throw, catch, and keep in the air several things simultaneously
  • v. influence by slyness
  • n. the act of rearranging things to give a misleading impression
  • v. manipulate by or as if by moving around components
  • v. hold with difficulty and balance insecurely
  • v. deal with simultaneously
  • n. throwing and catching several objects simultaneously

Etymologies

Middle English jogelen, to entertain by performing tricks, from Old French jogler, from Latin ioculārī, to jest, from ioculus, diminutive of iocus, joke.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French jangler, jogler, from Latin iocor ("I jest, I make a joke") (Wiktionary)

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  • Juggling with two or more balls is supposedly good for pianists. Or so I've heard.

    July 30, 2009