Meaning of DECOY in English

I. ˈdē-ˌkȯi, di-ˈ noun

Etymology: probably from Dutch de kooi, literally, the cage

Date: 1630

1. : a pond into which wildfowl are lured for capture

2. : someone or something used to lure or lead another into a trap ; especially : an artificial bird used to attract live birds within shot

3. : someone or something used to draw attention away from another

II. di-ˈkȯi, ˈdē-ˌ transitive verb

Date: 1648

: to lure by or as if by a decoy : entice

Synonyms: see lure

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