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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Officer Jane Langlois acted as a decoy to catch the rapist.
▪ The burglars started the fire as a decoy so that they could escape from police.
▪ You act as a decoy and we'll sneak out the back.
▪ During those tests kill vehicles would have to find their targets among an array of decoys and countermeasures.
▪ Elmer and Mr Nordberg haul in the decoys and Bob and Cully climb out.
▪ He knew it was a decoy, but could find no other.
▪ It was a decoy to hide the fact that they were also killing members of the political opposition.
▪ It was an irresistible lure, like the quack of a decoy duck.
▪ On the drive down, he had given some thought to using her as a decoy.
▪ They use them as a decoy for surface to air missiles and they will do that during training.
▪ Two will be described here: pillow mounds and former rabbit warrens, and decoys for taking wildfowl.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Decoy \De*coy"\, n.

  1. Anything intended to lead into a snare; a lure that deceives and misleads into danger, or into the power of an enemy; a bait.

  2. A fowl, or the likeness of one, used by sportsmen to entice other fowl into a net or within shot.

  3. A place into which wild fowl, esp. ducks, are enticed in order to take or shoot them.

  4. 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.


Decoy \De*coy"\ (d[-e]*koi"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decoyed (-koid"); p. pr. & vb. n. Decoying.] [Pref. de- + coy; orig., to quiet, soothe, caress, entice. See Coy.] To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap; to insnare; to allure; to entice; as, to decoy troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net.

Did to a lonely cot his steps decoy.

E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy, The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy.

Syn: To entice; tempt; allure; lure. See Allure.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, perhaps from Dutch kooi "cage," used of a pond surrounded by nets, into which wildfowl were lured for capture, from West Germanic *kaiwa, from Latin cavea "cage." The first element is possibly the Dutch definite article de, mistaken in English as part of the word. But decoy, of unknown origin, was the name of a card game popular c.1550-1650, and this may have influenced the form of the word.


1650s, from decoy (n.). Related: Decoyed; decoying.


n. 1 A person or object meant to lure something to danger. 2 A real or fake animal used by hunters to lure game. vb. 1 To act or use a decoy. 2 (context transitive English) To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap.

  1. n. a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot) [syn: steerer]

  2. something used to lure victims into danger [syn: bait, lure]

  3. v. lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy


A decoy is usually a person, device, or event meant as a distraction, to conceal what an individual or a group might be looking for. Decoys have been used for centuries most notably in game hunting, but also in wartime and in the committing or resolving of crimes.

Decoy (TV series)

Decoy (also titled Decoy Police Woman) is a groundbreaking American crime drama television series created for syndication and initially broadcast from October 14, 1957 to July 7, 1958, with thirty-nine 30-minute black-and-white episodes. It was the first American police series with a female protagonist. Many Decoy episodes are in the public domain.

Decoy (album)

Decoy is a 1984 album by jazz musician Miles Davis, recorded in 1983. It features keyboardist Robert Irving III and guitarist John Scofield contributing most of the compositions and the other solos. The theme of "That's What Happened" comes from Scofield's improvised solo from the track "Speak" included on the previous album Star People. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis guested with the group on the September 1983 studio sessions.

Decoy (chess)

In chess, decoying is the tactic of ensnaring a piece, usually the king or queen, by forcing it to move to a poisoned square with a sacrifice on that square.

Decoy (1946 film)

Decoy is a 1946 American film noir. Directed by Jack Bernhard, the film stars Jean Gillie, Edward Norris, Robert Armstrong, Herbert Rudley, and Sheldon Leonard. The film was produced by Jack Bernhard and Bernard Brandt as a Jack Bernhard Production, with a screenplay by Ned Young, based on an original story by Stanley Rubin

Decoy is a showcase of how film noir can do so much with so little. Short-lived Jean Gillie stars as one of the film genre's toughest femme fatales. Gillie was married to Bernhard when this film was made.

Decoy (1995 film)

Decoy is an action film starring Peter Weller, and Robert Patrick, directed by Vittorio Rambaldi. The film was released in 1995.

Decoy (disambiguation)

A decoy is a person, device, or event meant to distract.

Decoy or Decoys may also refer to:

In film and television:

  • Decoy (1946 film), a 1946 film noir
  • Decoy (1995 film), an action film starring Peter Weller
  • Decoys (film), a 2004 science fiction horror film
  • The Decoy (disambiguation), the name of several films
  • Decoy (TV series), a 1950s television series
  • "Decoys", an episode of the television show Frasier (season 6)

In music:

  • Decoy (album), a 1984 album by Miles Davis
  • Decoy (EP), a 1995 EP by Good Riddance
  • "Decoy", a song by Paramore


  • HMS Decoy, several British Royal Navy vessels
  • USS Decoy (1822), a US Navy schooner
  • PS Decoy, a modern sea-going paddle steamer

Other uses:

  • Decoy (chess), a tactic in chess
  • Decoy, Kentucky, a community in the United States
Decoy (EP)

Decoy is an EP by the Santa Cruz, California-based hardcore punk band Good Riddance. It was released August 26, 1995 through Fat Wreck Chords, six months after their debut album For God and Country, which included the EP's title track, "Decoy". The first two tracks on the EP, "United Cigar" and "12 Year Circus", are taken from the album, while "Free" was previously unreleased. Singer Russ Rankin later remarked that he had written "Free" "as a vehicle with which to lyrically attack two of my favorite targets: pro-lifers and cops. I remember enjoying this song when we played it at shows and it was one of our most requested live songs for a little while after For God and Country came out and a whole slew of new fans bought the Decoy 7-inch after picking up the full length." Decoy was Good Riddance's final release with drummer Rich McDermott, who left the band and was replaced by Sean Sellers.

Usage examples of "decoy".

Taking the floor in protest, Adams called Sullivan a decoy duck sent to seduce Congress into renunciation of independence.

Later in the afternoon, RFK and Barnett seemed to work out a tentative agreement for a decoy plan: Meredith would register quietly at Jackson on Monday while Barnett and Johnson were at Oxford standing heroically at the entrance to the university.

AMERICAN INSURRECTION Soon after the game, the cheers still ringing in his ears, Barnett phoned Robert Kennedy and called off the decoy plan.

It was a long pull from the Beallach to the stream, but there were tributary ravines where the cover was good--always presuming that Palliser-Yeates had decoyed away the navvy guard.

Convinced someone was determined to halt the space station program by the Orion explosion and subsequent attack on the Brazilian ISS facility, the Russian and American defenders of the Cosmodrome would repel the decoy strike force at the east gate and congratulate themselves on having saved the launch vehicle .

He approached Doodlebug and Daphne warily, as though he were a john caught between desire for sex and suspicion the two women staring at him might really be vice-squad decoys.

A small force of Mosquitoes would carry out a decoy raid on Frankfurt to divert German attention from the Ludwigshafen operation.

There had been the apparent deliberate decoying of enemy Masai warriors to their deaths in the explosion and by the other flaming package.

Resolved to reconcile Monimia to life, before she would again recommend Ferdinand to her love, she endeavoured to amuse her imagination, by recounting the occasional incidents of the day, hoping gradually to decoy her attention to those sublunary objects from which it had been industriously weaned.

He soothed himself with the prospect of a happy reconciliation with the divine Monimia, and his fancy was decoyed from every disagreeable presage by the entertaining conversation of his sister, with whom in two days he set out for Presburg, attended by his friend the Major, who had never quitted him since their meeting at Brussels.

The first had been decoyed and the other one appeared to have passed the noisemakers and was gradually closing in a stern chase.

Florida dove and fired first noisemakers to mask his ship, then simulated decoys to attract homing torpedos away from her.

The first had been decoyed and the other one appeared to have passed the noisemakers and was gradually closing in a stem chase.

A pod of K-ships coms shrieking with fake traffic, decoys flaring off in several dimensions flipped themselves down the Redline gravitational alley along a trajectory designed for maximum unpredictability.

First of all, there is at least one unconfirmed CIA report that indicates that Saddam tried to use BW against coalition forces--an air strike involving three MiG-21s as decoys and an Su-22 fitted with a spray tank to spray coalition forces with a biological agent.