[ noun dee-koi, dih-koi; verb dih-koi ]
/ noun ˈdi kɔɪ, dɪˈkɔɪ; verb dɪˈkɔɪ /
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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.



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Origin of decoy

1610–20; variant of coy (now dial.) <Dutch (de) kooi (the) cage, Middle Dutch cōie<Latin caveacage
de·coy·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for decoy


noun (ˈdiːkɔɪ, dɪˈkɔɪ)

verb (dɪˈkɔɪ)

to lure or be lured by or as if by means of a decoy
(tr) Canadian another word for deke (def. 2)
decoyer, noun
C17: probably from Dutch de kooi, literally: the cage, from Latin cavea cage
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