decoy


1de·coy

noun \ˈdē-ˌki, di-ˈ\

: a wooden or plastic bird (such as a duck) that is used by hunters to attract live birds

: a person or thing that attracts people's attention so they will not notice someone or something else

Full Definition of DECOY

1
:  a pond into which wildfowl are lured for capture
2
:  someone or something used to lure or lead another into a trap; especially :  an artificial bird used to attract live birds within shot
3
:  someone or something used to draw attention away from another

Examples of DECOY

  1. He had a decoy distract the guard while he jumped over the fence.
  2. <we set the decoy afloat in the marsh and from the blind waited for the ducks to arrive>

Origin of DECOY

probably from Dutch de kooi, literally, the cage
First Known Use: 1630

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

2de·coy

verb \di-ˈki, ˈdē-ˌ\

Definition of DECOY

transitive verb
:  to lure by or as if by a decoy :  entice

Examples of DECOY

  1. <tacky souvenir shops to which first-time tourists had been decoyed into spending their hard-earned money>

First Known Use of DECOY

1648

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

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