decoy
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈdiːkɔɪ/
Noun

decoy (plural decoys)

  1. A person or object meant to lure somebody into danger.
  2. A real or fake animal used by hunters to lure game.
Translations Translations Verb

decoy (decoys, present participle decoying; past and past participle decoyed)

  1. (transitive) 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
    • E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy, / The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy.
  2. (intransitive) To act as, or use, a decoy.
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