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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)

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.

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."