- 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
Related Words for ploysmaneuver, tactic, stratagem, ruse, subterfuge, device, scheme, dodge, play, move, feint, contrivance, artifice, wile, gambit
Examples from the Web for ploys
Historical Examples of ploys
I motioned Sweetheart to get behind me—which she did, eager to take a hand in one of "father's ploys."Sweethearts at Home
S. R. Crockett
- 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).