Decoy meaning

dēkoi, dĭ-koi
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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.

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A means used to mislead or lead someone into danger.
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To lure (an animal) into a trap or position to be hunted.
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To entice or mislead by deception or into danger.
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A place into which wild ducks, etc. are lured for capture.
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A thing or person used to lure or tempt into danger or a trap.

A police decoy.

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An artificial bird or animal, or sometimes a trained live one, used to lure game to a place where it can be shot.
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To lure or be lured into a trap, danger, etc.
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A person or object meant to lure something to danger.
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A real or fake animal used by hunters to lure game.
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To act or use a decoy.
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To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap.

To decoy troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net.

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Origin of decoy

  • Possibly from Dutch de kooi the cage de the (from Middle Dutch to- in Indo-European roots) kooi cage (from Middle Dutch cōie) (from Latin cavea)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition