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Meaning of DECOY

Pronunciation:  di'koy

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something used to lure victims into danger
  2. [n]  a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
  3. [v]  lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy

DECOY is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: bait, lure, steerer
 See Also: accomplice, beguiler, cheat, cheater, confederate, deceiver, device, entice, fish lure, fisherman's lure, ground bait, lure, roper, shill, slicker, stool pigeon, tempt, trap, trickster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*coy"\ (d[-e]*koi"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decoyed}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Decoying}.] [Pref. de- + coy; orig., to quiet,
    soothe, caress, entice. See {Coy}.]
    To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare;
    to entrap; to insnare; to allure; to entice; as, to decoy
    troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net.
          Did to a lonely cot his steps decoy.     --Thomson.
          E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy, The heart,
          distrusting, asks if this be joy.        --Goldsmith.
    Syn: To entice; tempt; allure; lure. See {Allure}.
  2. \De*coy"\, n.
    1. Anything intended to lead into a snare; a lure that
       deceives and misleads into danger, or into the power of an
       enemy; a bait.
    2. A fowl, or the likeness of one, used by sportsmen to
       entice other fowl into a net or within shot.
    3. A place into which wild fowl, esp. ducks, are enticed in
       order to take or shoot them.
    4. A person employed by officers of justice, or parties
       exposed to injury, to induce a suspected person to commit
       an offense under circumstances that will lead to his
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