[noun dee-koi, dih-koi; verb dih-koi]


verb (used with object)

to lure by or as if by a decoy: They decoyed the ducks to an area right in front of the blind.

verb (used without object)

to become decoyed: Ducks decoy more easily than most other waterfowl.

Nearby words

  1. decortication,
  2. decorum,
  3. decoupage,
  4. decouple,
  5. decoupling,
  6. decrease,
  7. decreasing,
  8. decreasing term insurance,
  9. decreasingly,
  10. decree

Origin of decoy

1610–20; variant of coy (now dial.) < Dutch (de) kooi (the) cage, Middle Dutch cōie < Latin cavea cage

Related formsde·coy·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decoy


noun (ˈdiːkɔɪ, dɪˈkɔɪ)

a person or thing used to beguile or lead someone into danger; lure
military something designed to deceive an enemy or divert his attention
a bird or animal, or an image of one, used to lure game into a trap or within shooting range
an enclosed space or large trap, often with a wide funnelled entrance, into which game can be lured for capture
Canadian another word for deke (def. 1)

verb (dɪˈkɔɪ)

to lure or be lured by or as if by means of a decoy
(tr) Canadian another word for deke (def. 2)
Derived Formsdecoyer, noun

Word Origin for decoy

C17: probably from Dutch de kooi, literally: the cage, from Latin cavea cage

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