jug·​gler | \ ˈjə-g(ə-)lər How to pronounce juggler (audio) \

Definition of juggler

1a : one skilled in keeping several objects in motion in the air at the same time by alternately tossing and catching them
b : one who performs tricks or acts of magic or deftness
2 : one who manipulates especially in order to achieve a desired end

Examples of juggler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Acrobats leaping from a giant swing; stiltwalkers circling the show’s protagonist, a young girl named Julie; and a juggler keeping multiple balls in the air in front of a forest backdrop. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Sep. 2021 Mily Fusco, a juggler who has been with the show for several years, said that the crowd is what really gets the show going. Samantha Hendrickson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 July 2021 Instead of leaving town as planned, Mr. Sherman grabbed a set of antique toilet plungers and headed downtown to Wall Street, to pass the hat as a sidewalk juggler and mime. John Leland, New York Times, 8 July 2021 Like the street juggler lovingly described in an early chapter, Mr. Lee keeps many balls in the air. Toby Lichtig, WSJ, 9 June 2021 Bunger, a lanky fellow in a blazer, jeans and boots, is not unlike a circus juggler keeping a half dozen balls in the air. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 Snitker, at 65 the oldest manager in the Senior Circuit, has proven to be a master juggler. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Meanwhile, the offense is like watching a juggler with five plates in the air. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 14 Mar. 2021 On the eve of Passover during the Depression, a juggler in ragged clothes is invited into the home of a poor family that has a bare Seder table. Penny Schwartz, sun-sentinel.com, 10 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of juggler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for juggler

Middle English jogelour minstrel, magician, from Anglo-French jugleur, jogolur, from Latin joculator, from joculari

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“Juggler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juggler. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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