beguile vs juggle what difference

what is difference between beguile and juggle


Alternative forms

  • begyle [from the Middle English period through the 16th century]


From Middle English begilen, begylen; equivalent to be- +‎ guile. Compare Middle Dutch begilen (to beguile). Doublet of bewile.


  • Rhymes: -aɪl
  • IPA(key): /bɪˈɡaɪl/


beguile (third-person singular simple present beguiles, present participle beguiling, simple past and past participle beguiled)

  1. (transitive) To deceive or delude (using guile).
    • a. 1608, William Shakespeare, King Lear, II, II, 102.
      I know, sir, I am no flatterer: he that beguiled you, in a plain accent, was a plain knave.
  2. (transitive) To charm, delight or captivate.
    • 1864 November 21, Abraham Lincoln (signed) or John Hay, letter to Mrs. Bixby in Boston
      I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming.
    I will never touch The Orb, even though its mysterious glow seduces and beguiles.
  3. (transitive) To cause (time) to seem to pass quickly, by way of pleasant diversion.
    We beguiled the hours away

Related terms

  • wile



  • beguile in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • beguile in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.



From Middle English jogelen, partly a back-formation of Middle English jogeler (juggler), and partly a borrowing from Old French jogler, jongler (to have fun with someone), a conflation of Latin joculāri (to jest; joke) and Old French jangler (to regale; entertain; have fun; trifle with; tease; mess around; gossip; boast; meddle), from Frankish *jangalōn (to chit-chat with; gossip), akin to Middle Dutch jankelen (to murmur; whisper; mumble; grumble), frequentative of Middle Dutch janken (to moan; groan; complain). Related also to Middle Low German janken (to sigh; moan; lament), Dutch jengelen (to whine; whimper) Dutch janken (to whine; wimper).


  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒʌɡəl/
  • Rhymes: -ʌɡəl


juggle (third-person singular simple present juggles, present participle juggling, simple past and past participle juggled)

  1. 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.
    She can juggle flaming torches.
  2. To handle or manage many tasks at once.
    He juggled home, school, and work for two years.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To deceive by trick or artifice.
  4. (intransitive, archaic) To joke or jest.
  5. (intransitive, archaic) To perform magic tricks.

Derived terms



juggle (plural juggles)

  1. (juggling) The act of throwing and catching each prop at least twice, as opposed to a flash.
  2. The handling or managing of many tasks at once.
    • 2018, Catherine Blyth, Enjoy Time (page 100)
      Quit the juggle and monotask.
  3. (archaic) The performance of a magic trick.
  4. (archaic) A deceit or imposture.


See also

  • too many balls in the air

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