- The definition of a decoy is something used to trick or mislead, such as a fake weapon in war or a fake bird used by hunters or something used to lead someone into a trap.
- A duck used by a hunter to try to attract other ducks is an example of a decoy.
- An attractive undercover police officer who is attempting to trick a man who is attacking woman into coming out and attacking her is an example of a decoy.
A duck decoy.
decoy definition by Webster's New World
- a place into which wild ducks, etc. are lured for capture
- an artificial bird or animal, or sometimes a trained live one, used to lure game to a place where it can be shot
- a thing or person used to lure or tempt into danger or a trap: a police decoy
Origin: ; from Dutch de kooi, the cage ; from de, def. article (grammar) (akin to the) plush kooi, cage ; from West Germanic an unverified form kawia ; from Classical Latin cavea, cage
decoy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A living or artificial bird or other animal used to entice game into a trap or within shooting range.b. An enclosed place, such as a pond, into which wildfowl are lured for capture.
- A means used to mislead or lead into danger.
Origin: Possibly from Dutch de kooi, the cage : de, the (from Middle Dutch; see to- in Indo-European roots) + kooi, cage (from Middle Dutch cōie, from Latin cavea).
- de·coyˈer noun