- a maneuver or stratagem, as in conversation, to gain the advantage.
- Military Archaic. to move (troops) from a line into a column.Compare deploy.
- Military Archaic. to move from a line into a column.
Origin of ploy
Synonyms for ploy
Examples from the Web for ployed
Historical Examples of ployed
Page 434: 'enployed' corrected to 'employed': "known to nearly all pottery-making peoples—were frequently employed."Ancient Pottery of the Mississippi Valley
William H. Holmes
He retired, and ployed into brigade columns by regiments, immediately beyond the crest of Fairview hill.The Campaign of Chancellorsville
Theodore A. Dodge
- a manoeuvre or tactic in a game, conversation, etc; stratagem; gambit
- any business, job, hobby, etc, with which one is occupiedangling is his latest ploy
- mainly British a frolic, escapade, or practical joke
Word Origin for ploy
1722, "anything with which one amuses oneself," Scottish and northern England dialect, possibly a shortened form of employ or deploy. Popularized in the sense "move or gambit made to gain advantage" by British humorist Stephen Potter (1900-1969).