- 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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Antonyms for lure
Related Words for luringalluring, enticing, inviting, inveigling, bewitching, charming, ravishing, tempting, enchanting, drawing, fascinating, captivating, beguiling, witching, attractive, come-hither, desirable, flirtatious, irresistible, magnetic
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Contemporary Examples of luring
And he is said to be luring more young Muslims from his home region in the Pankisi Gorge to join his insurgency forces.ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too, and This Chechen Is One Reason Why.
September 29, 2014
This is not always best for luring visitors to the real city.Can Hollywood Rejuvenate Detroit and America’s Bankrupt Cities?
May 15, 2014
To listen to him tell it, luring businesses across state lines is part of a great American tradition.Rick Perry Is Coming for Your Job
April 24, 2014
Whatever half-answers we got about Terminus raised ten times more questions, luring us deeper.‘The Walking Dead’ Season Finale Review of ‘A’: Rick Grimes Is a Murderer
March 31, 2014
Or perhaps the plague of Strawberry Quick-flavored meth that was luring children into a life of addiction and penury.Parents Panic Over Old Fake Smarties Snorting Craze
January 23, 2014
Historical Examples of luring
Step by step she was luring him away from the security of his human companionship.White Fang
Now they are using the gold as a bait, and luring him up here.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Stephen was powerless to forsake the depressing, luring subject.A Pair of Blue Eyes
Would it not have been better, while he was about it, to claim boldly that he was luring us on?
By luring a Gern cruiser here and then taking it away from them.Space Prison
- (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 for lure
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.