- 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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- (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 lurer
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.