Meaning of DECOY in English

— decoyer , n.

n. /dee"koy, di koy"/ ; v. /di koy"/ , n.

1. a person who entices or lures another person or thing, as into danger, a trap, or the like.

2. anything used as a lure.

3. a trained bird or other animal used to entice game into a trap or within gunshot.

4. an artificial bird, as a painted wooden duck, used for the same purpose.

5. a pond into which wild fowl are lured for capture.

6. an object capable of reflecting radar waves, used as a spurious aircraft, missile, chaff, etc., for the deception of radar detectors.


7. to lure by or as if by a decoy: They decoyed the ducks to an area right in front of the blind.


8. to become decoyed: Ducks decoy more easily than most other waterfowl.

[ 1610-20; var. of coy (now dial.) de ) kooi (the) cage, MD coie cavea CAGE ]

Syn. 2. enticement, bait, inducement, allurement.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .