- 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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Related Wordsbait, ensnare, inveigle, hook, beguile, allure, beckon, capture, decoy, captivate, cajole, draw, invite, haul, train, charm, tempt, catch, pull, bewitch
Examples from the Web for lured
Roger Williams lured them with private plane rides, generous consulting contracts and even cash, interviews and records show.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
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Mostafaei said Jabbari was lured to the apartment of the man from the intelligence service.The Real Reason Iran Killed This Woman for Defending Herself
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Without such action, they fear, many of their surviving troops may be lured into the ranks of ISIS.The Battle for Aleppo: A Decisive Fight for ISIS, Assad, and the USA
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Before long, it was the instruments, not the cake, that lured Keith.Exile on Sesame Street: Keith Richards Writes a Kids’ Book
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As recounted in the complaint, Minor C and a girl identified as Minor B were lured by the promise of quick cash.The Sex-Trafficking Kings of Facebook
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But I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease.De Profundis
Nimrod and I had been lured to the Cuttle Fish ranch to go on a wolf hunt.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
It was more than this, however, that lured me back to Labrador.The Long Labrador Trail
Step by step I lured you on until you offered to make me your wife.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
He, too, it is who has lured you out here, to carry you away altogether.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
- (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 lured
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.