bait, decoy, lure

(noun) something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed

decoy, steerer

(noun) a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)


(verb) lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy

Source: WordNet® 3.1



decoy (plural decoys)

A person or object meant to lure somebody into danger.

A real or fake animal used by hunters to lure game.


decoy (third-person singular simple present decoys, present participle decoying, simple past and past participle decoyed)

(transitive) To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap.

(intransitive) To act as, or use, a decoy.


• coyed

Source: Wiktionary

De*coy", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decoyed; p. pr. & vb. n. Decoying.] Etym: [Pref. de- + coy; orig., to quiet, soothe, caress, entice. See Coy.]

Definition: 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.


– To entice; tempt; allure; lure. See Allure.

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 detection.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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