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decoy

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noun de·coy \ˈdē-ˌkȯi, di-ˈ\

Definition of decoy

  1. 1 :  a pond into which wildfowl are lured for capture

  2. 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. 3 :  someone or something used to draw attention away from another

Examples of decoy in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of decoy

probably from Dutch de kooi, literally, the cage


First Known Use: 1630

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verb de·coy \di-ˈkȯi, ˈdē-ˌ\

Definition of decoy

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

Examples of decoy in a sentence

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

1648

First Known Use of decoy

1648

Synonym Discussion of decoy

lure, entice, inveigle, decoy, tempt, seduce mean to lead astray from one's true course. lure implies a drawing into danger, evil, or difficulty through attracting and deceiving <lured naive investors with get-rich-quick schemes>. entice suggests drawing by artful or adroit means <advertising designed to entice new customers>. inveigle implies enticing by cajoling or flattering <fund-raisers inveigling wealthy alumni>. decoy implies a luring into entrapment by artifice <attempting to decoy the enemy into an ambush>. tempt implies the presenting of an attraction so strong that it overcomes the restraints of conscience or better judgment <tempted by the offer of money>. seduce implies a leading astray by persuasion or false promises <seduced by assurances of assistance>.

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DECOY Defined for English Language Learners

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decoy

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noun de·coy \ˈdē-ˌkȯi, di-ˈ\

Definition of decoy for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DECOY Defined for Kids

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decoy

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noun de·coy \di-ˈkȯi, ˈdē-ˌkȯi\

Definition of decoy for Students

  1. :  a person or thing (as an artificial bird) used to lead or lure into a trap or snare


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verb de·coy

Definition of decoy for Students

decoyed

decoying

  1. :  to lure by or as if by a decoy <Hunters decoyed the ducks to the pond.>



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