Share this entry

juggle Syllabification: jug·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈjəɡəl/

Definition of juggle in English:


[with object]
1Continuously toss into the air and catch (a number of objects) so as to keep at least one in the air while handling the others, typically for the entertainment of others.
Example sentences
  • When Wee dropped one club out of reach, they continued juggling with the remaining five.
  • He added more and more, until he was juggling at least twenty stones without hesitation, perfectly.
  • In her youth, Aleila was a wild and rambunctious youngster who could juggle, toss, swallow, and even lie on swords.
1.1Cope with by adroitly balancing: she works full time, juggling her career with raising children
More example sentences
  • Many had to juggle work and home commitments in order to cope with a situation where children were on different mid-term breaks.
  • I've got so many activities and subjects to juggle I don't have time for other commitments.
  • What will I need to balance, juggle and organise?
1.2Organize (information or figures) in order to give a particular impression: defense chiefs juggled the figures on bomb tests
More example sentences
  • I'm going to more or less take their advice, but probably juggle the numbers a bit.
  • The main difference is that I knew Mr. Buck wasn't trying to juggle the numbers to arrive at a certain, desired conclusion.
  • The debate shouldn't just be how to juggle numbers.
tamper with, manipulate, falsify, alter, rig
informal fudge, fix, doctor, cook


[in singular] Back to top  
An act of juggling.
Example sentences
  • Life's a juggle, and you make the choices that suit your life.
  • It tries to portray a juggle between characters and the situations and relationships they are involved in.
  • That sounds quite a juggle for community members to be able to do that, is that happening?



Pronunciation: /ˈjəɡ(ə)lər/
Example sentences
  • The talented threesome are acrobats, jugglers, clowns and illusionists, all rolled into one.
  • Magicians, jugglers and mime artists accompanied Pat for the first series.
  • We had 150 people in our garden, with a juggler, fire-eater, clown, Punch and Judy, magician and local brass band.


Pronunciation: /ˈjəɡlərē/
Example sentences
  • A French juggler is to perform jugglery and also teach the basic techniques, at the American College on August 16.
  • Statistical jugglery apart, nearly 65 per cent of India's population falls in the category of capability poor.
  • His family has been doing a ‘lot of jugglery with the money’ and even ended up disposing off some assets to keep him in the sport.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'entertain with jesting, tricks, etc'): back-formation from juggler, or from Old French jogler, from Latin joculari 'to jest', from joculus, diminutive of jocus 'jest'. Current senses date from the late 19th century.

Words that rhyme with juggle

smuggle, snuggle, struggle

Definition of juggle in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words