juggler

\ \ [12] A juggler was originally a ‘jester’, and the word is related to English joke. Its ultimate source was Latin joculātor, a derivative of jocusjest’ (from which English gets joke).
\ \ This passed into Old French as jogleor, and was borrowed into English at the beginning of the 12th century. It denoted a general entertainer or buffoon, but it was also used for a magician or conjurer, and it was presumably an underlying notion of dexterity or sleight of hand that led by the 17th century to its being used for someone who keeps several objects in the air at the same time. Old French jogleor became modern French jougleur, and this spawned the variant form jongleur, which was borrowed into English in the 18th century.
\ \ Cf.JOCULAR, JOKE

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  • Juggler — Jug gler, n. [OE. jogelour, juglur, OF. jogleor, jugleor, jongleor, F. jongleur, fr. L. joculator a jester, joker, fr. joculus a little jest or joke, dim. of jocus jest, joke. See {Joke}, and cf. {Jongleur}, {Joculator}.] [1913 Webster] 1. One… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • juggler — /jug leuhr/, n. 1. a person who performs juggling feats, as with balls or knives. 2. a person who deceives by trickery; trickster. [bef. 1100; ME jogelour, jogeler, jugelour < AF jogelour, jugelur, OF jogleor, jougleor (see JONGLEUR) L joculator… …   Universalium

  • juggler — [12] A juggler was originally a ‘jester’, and the word is related to English joke. Its ultimate source was Latin joculātor, a derivative of jocus ‘jest’ (from which English gets joke). This passed into Old French as jogleor, and was borrowed into …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • juggler — [[t]ʤʌ̱glə(r)[/t]] jugglers N COUNT A juggler is someone who juggles in order to entertain people …   English dictionary

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  • juggler — juggle ► VERB 1) continuously toss into the air and catch a number of objects so as to keep at least one in the air at any time. 2) cope with by adroitly balancing (several activities). 3) misrepresent (facts). ► NOUN ▪ an act of juggling.… …   English terms dictionary

  • juggler — noun Etymology: Middle English jogelour minstrel, magician, from Anglo French jugleur, jogolur, from Latin joculator, from joculari Date: 14th century 1. a. one who performs tricks or acts of magic or deftness b. one skilled in keeping several… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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