Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A living or artificial bird or other animal used to entice game into a trap or within shooting range.
  • n. An enclosed place, such as a pond, into which wildfowl are lured for capture.
  • n. A means used to mislead or lead into danger.
  • transitive v. To lure or entrap by or as if by a decoy. See Synonyms at lure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person or object meant to lure something to danger.
  • n. A real or fake animal used by hunters to lure game.
  • v. To act or use a decoy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap; to insnare; to allure; to entice
  • n. Anything intended to lead into a snare; a lure that deceives and misleads into danger, or into the power of an enemy; a bait.
  • n. A fowl, or the likeness of one, used by sportsmen to entice other fowl into a net or within shot.
  • n. A place into which wild fowl, esp. ducks, are enticed in order to take or shoot them.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lure into a snare; entrap by some allurement or deception: as, to decoy ducks within gunshot; troops may be decoyed into an ambush.
  • To allure, attract, or entice, without notion of entrapping.
  • Synonyms Allure, Lure, Entice(see allure); to snare, insnare, mislead.
  • To be deceived by a decoy; fall into a snare.
  • n. A lure employed to entice game into a snare or within the range of a weapon; specifically, an image of a bird, as a duck, or a trained living bird or animal, used to lure wild birds or animals into the power of man; hence, also, a person similarly employed with respect to other persons.
  • n. Anything intended to lead into a snare; any lure or allurement that deceives and misleads into evil, danger, or the power of an enemy; a stratagem employed to mislead or lead into danger.
  • n. A place, as a pond, furnished with an arrangement for luring wild fowl into it.
  • n. A pond used to snare and entrap, and also to maintain and breed, waterfowl.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
  • n. something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
  • v. lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy

Etymologies

Possibly from Dutch de kooi, the cage : de, the (from Middle Dutch; see to- in Indo-European roots) + kooi, cage (from Middle Dutch cōie, from Latin cavea).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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    October 6, 2008

  • I thought it was ingenious. Too bad he used his powers for evil.

    Oh, and he also escaped via inner tube.

    October 6, 2008

  • Unfortunately that's kind of cute.

    October 4, 2008

  • "The robber had previously put out a Craigslist ad for road maintenance workers, promising wages of $28.50 per hour. Recruits were asked to wait near the Bank of America right around the time of the robbery--wearing yellow vests, safety goggles, a respirator mask, and preferably a blue shirt. At least a dozen of them showed up after responding to the Craigslist ad. . . . As it turns out, they were simply placed there to confuse cops who were looking for a guy wearing a virtually identical outfit."

    -- "Bank robber hires decoys on Craigslist, fools cops," CNET News The Social, Oct. 3, 2008

    October 4, 2008