Definition of juggle in English:



  • 1 Continuously toss into the air and catch (a number of objects) so as to keep at least one in the air while handling the others.

    ‘Charles juggled five tangerines, his hands a frantic blur’
    [no object] ‘he can't juggle’
    • ‘He added more and more, until he was juggling at least twenty stones without hesitation, perfectly.’
    • ‘Four young Chinese performers each hold two sticks linked by a string and juggle, toss and balance a wooden spool, trying to outdo each other.’
    • ‘Keiko shrugged and taking eight circus batons out of her sleeve, she lit the ends in the fireplace behind her and began juggling the fire sticks with ease in the same figure eight as Yuki.’
    • ‘Walk on stilts and barrels, create human pyramids, learn acrobatic and aerial skills, balance on a rola-bola and learn to juggle!’
    • ‘We were juggling four and five about at one stage and that's one hell of a learning curve with just three weeks' experience but it was very exciting.’
    • ‘The intersections become street-performing pitches, and crowds of hundreds watch someone escape from a straitjacket or juggle machetes or eat fire.’
    • ‘Goodwick DJ, Eugene French, spun discs between bands, but most of the spinning came from Circus Malarky, who cartwheeled, juggled and unicycled their way through the night.’
    • ‘My son had started the morning by juggling apples and oranges recklessly and badly; one of the apples magically grew wings and cracked the dining room window.’
    • ‘‘Come on Drake, you can do it’ Emily said smugly while juggling five herself.’
    • ‘Learning to juggle is a neat trick for the brain as well as the hands.’
    • ‘Roder, whose professional name is Kester the Jester, juggled and diaboloed his way to victory over a diverse field that included a poetry-reading Frenchwoman in the contest in Stoneleigh near Warwick.’
    • ‘When Wee dropped one club out of reach, they continued juggling with the remaining five.’
    • ‘But most of the people in Dundas Square are watching a nearby busker, especially now that he's standing on a 10-foot ladder, juggling knives.’
    • ‘In her youth, Aleila was a wild and rambunctious youngster who could juggle, toss, swallow, and even lie on swords.’
    • ‘There will be the chance to learn to spin plates, juggle and handle a Diablo and children can also make their own juggling balls to take home to show Mum and Dad what you have learned.’
    • ‘He tossed these turnips out to the audience, to prove that they weren't doctored, and he started juggling them when they were thrown back.’
    • ‘They tumble, juggle, balance, swing and hula hoop with a confidence and humour far beyond what you would expect for students of a tertiary course.’
    1. 1.1Cope with by adroitly balancing (several activities)
      ‘she works full time, juggling her career with raising children’
      • ‘Yes, we all still work day jobs and at times it's difficult to juggle a full-time band a full-time job.’
      • ‘It's more a measure of his ability that he can juggle both.’
      • ‘I've got so many activities and subjects to juggle I don't have time for other commitments.’
      • ‘How can we juggle one more responsibility or volunteer activity in our lives?’
      • ‘In a survey of women aged 30 to 45 most said they were trying to juggle at least four tasks in a day.’
      • ‘What will I need to balance, juggle and organise?’
      • ‘As it is, the plot is busy - juggling a number of different conflicts, subplots, and miscellaneous characters that the movie could have done without.’
      • ‘They are constantly juggling the nation's many competing needs.’
      • ‘Their career advancement slows while children are young, and juggling everything can be very challenging.’
      • ‘Instead of standing up to them and telling them to stick it, I just ended up juggling a complex number of lies.’
      • ‘Now, after juggling a three-year teaching degree course with the care of her daughter, she is set to take up her position at the front of the class.’
      • ‘She successfully juggles her two young children with a job which involves great stress and attention to detail.’
      • ‘Since moving to the Cotswolds she has juggled her successful writing career with running her own public relations company and looking after her growing family.’
      • ‘Increasingly, students are trying to juggle getting an education and working.’
      • ‘What do you say to those employees who still have jobs and probably are juggling a few more duties?’
      • ‘College staff are to get help juggling work with their private lives.’
      • ‘My mother, a process worker, juggled long working hours with raising a family.’
      • ‘Today, based in a large flat in Glasgow's West End with her partner Steve and sons Fergus and Owen, Mina juggles a number of smaller projects in addition to her book series.’
      • ‘Many had to juggle work and home commitments in order to cope with a situation where children were on different mid-term breaks.’
      • ‘Now the father-of-three, who juggles working at a school with looking after his three children, is searching for 15 men to join a new slimming club.’
    2. 1.2Organize (information or figures) in order to give a particular impression.
      ‘the average first-time buyer spends many hours juggling figures as they try to budget for their first home’
      ‘defence chiefs juggled the figures on bomb tests’
      • ‘The debate shouldn't just be how to juggle numbers.’
      • ‘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.’


  • [in singular] An act of juggling.

    • ‘It was just a matter of organizing things, a bit of a juggle and a dance between childcare, meetings and contracts.’
    • ‘That sounds quite a juggle for community members to be able to do that, is that happening?’
    • ‘And look, finally, do you think that either party understands the juggle that families face, particularly mothers, working mothers?’
    • ‘It tries to portray a juggle between characters and the situations and relationships they are involved in.’
    • ‘It's that big juggle that many of my readers know, with my life depending on fantastic nannies.’
    • ‘I mean, it's a remarkable example of the great juggle that so many working women do today.’
    • ‘Life's a juggle, and you make the choices that suit your life.’
    • ‘Administration Manager, David McKinnon, says life at his centre is a constant struggle and juggle.’
    • ‘My partner Nigel is an actor, and it is a juggle between jobs and baby.’
    • ‘The challenge for Ginsberg was to figure out how to control all 62 devices in the show, a constant juggle to control the pieces and make them work together.’


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.