- anything that attracts, entices, or allures.
- the power of attracting or enticing.
- a decoy; live or especially artificial bait used in fishing or trapping.
- Falconry. a feathered decoy for attracting a hawk, swung at the end of a long line and sometimes baited with raw meat.
- a flap or tassel dangling from the dorsal fin of pediculate fishes, as the angler, that attracts prey to the mouth region.
- to attract, entice, or tempt; allure.
- to draw or recall (especially a falcon), as by a lure or decoy.
- in lure, Heraldry. noting a pair of wings joined with the tips downward.
Origin of lure
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Examples from the Web for lure
The lure and addiction of gaming—which went back to pinball, of course—became a sensation with Asteroids.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
Still, despite the fairytale, campaigns pour good money after bad to lure this vote.Reality Check: There Are No Swing Voters
November 13, 2014
As a lure for the ambitious, Silicon Valley and San Francisco are replacing Wall Street.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay
October 5, 2014
You know you should walk away but the lure of the cover is just too much.Newsweek's Nonsense "Who'd Be Kate" Survey
September 26, 2014
Adventure sports and mountaineering could lure in travelers during the off season, but they are still limited.Can Traditional Bhutan Survive Tourism?
August 17, 2014
Much has been said concerning the efficacy of the Water Fly as a lure.
Here, they are brazenly advertised as "afternoon teas" to lure the unwary.Government by the Brewers?
But by degrees he was once more ensnared by the lure of the gaming table.Casanova's Homecoming
Better still, if I could throw temptation in his way, and lure him on to rob me.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
All sorts of deceptions are used to lure folk into the mountain gorges.The Chinese Fairy Book
- (sometimes foll by away or into) to tempt or attract by the promise of some type of reward
- falconry to entice (a hawk or falcon) from the air to the falconer by a lure
- a person or thing that lures
- angling any of various types of brightly-coloured artificial spinning baits, usually consisting of a plastic or metal body mounted with hooks and trimmed with feathers, etcSee jig, plug, spoon
- falconry a feathered decoy to which small pieces of meat can be attached and which is equipped with a long thong
Word Origin and History for lure
early 14c., "something which allures or entices, an attraction" (a figurative use), also "bait for recalling hawks," from Anglo-French lure, Old French loirre "device used to recall hawks, lure," from Frankish *loþr or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *lothran "to call" (cf. Middle High German luoder, Middle Low German loder "lure, bait," German Luder "lure, deceit, bait;" also Old English laþian "to call, invite," German laden).
Originally a bunch of feathers on a long cord, from which the hawk is fed during its training. Used of means of alluring other animals (especially fish) from c.1700. Technically, bait is something the animal can eat; lure is a more general term. Also in 15c. a collective word for a group of young women.
late 14c., of hawks, also of persons, from lure (n.). Related: Lured; luring.