verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- decreasing term insurance,
Origin of decoy
Examples from the Web for decoy
Lönnborg, who works as a lawyer in London, has on several occasions posed as Elin, acting as a decoy to throw off the paparazzi.
One of the two boys in the centre acting as decoy cried “Sheep, sheep, come home!”The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol II of II)|Alice Bertha Gomme
He forthwith thinks of a decoy, and is careful not to approach.The Delight Makers|Adolf Bandelier
There is no "decoy" that will attract a fox a mile, but there are some that are good.Fox Trapping|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
noun (ˈdiːkɔɪ, dɪˈkɔɪ)
Word Origin for decoy
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.