Definition of "decoy" []

  • A living or artificial bird or other animal used to entice game into a trap or within shooting range. (noun)
  • An enclosed place, such as a pond, into which wildfowl are lured for capture. (noun)
  • A means used to mislead or lead into danger. (noun)
  • To lure or entrap by or as if by a decoy. See Synonyms at lure. (verb-transitive)
  • A person or thing used to beguile or lead someone into danger; lure (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Something designed to deceive an enemy or divert his or her attention (noun)
  • A bird or animal, or an image of one, used to lure game into a trap or within shooting range (noun)
  • An enclosed space or large trap, often with a wide funnelled entrance, into which game can be lured for capture (noun)
  • To lure or be lured by or as if by means of a decoy (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "decoy" in a sentence
  • "A team led by the University of Cambridge bred chickens with a piece of DNA that produces what researchers dubbed a decoy molecule, which tricks and diverts an enzyme key to the flu virus' reproduction."
  • "This works well with decoy shy ducks, because sometimes the best decoy is none at all."
  • "Sure, the birds fly all day, but getting one to decoy is close to impossible."