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DECOY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does decoy mean? 

DECOY (noun)
  The noun DECOY has 2 senses:

1. a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
2. something used to lure victims into danger

  Familiarity information: DECOY used as a noun is rare.


DECOY (verb)
  The verb DECOY has 1 sense:

1. lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy

  Familiarity information: DECOY used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DECOY (noun)


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Meaning:

A beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

decoy; steerer

Hypernyms ("decoy" is a kind of...):

accomplice; confederate (a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan))

beguiler; cheat; cheater; deceiver; slicker; trickster (someone who leads you to believe something that is not true)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "decoy"):

roper (a decoy who lures customers into a gambling establishment (especially one with a fixed game))

shill (a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others)


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Meaning:

Something used to lure victims into danger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bait; decoy; lure

Hypernyms ("decoy" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "decoy"):

chum (bait consisting of chopped fish and fish oils that are dumped overboard to attract fish)

fish lure; fisherman's lure ((angling) any bright artificial bait consisting of plastic or metal mounted with hooks and trimmed with feathers)

ground bait (bait scattered on the water to attract fish)

stool pigeon (a dummy pigeon used to decoy others)

Holonyms ("decoy" is a part of...):

trap (a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned)


DECOY (verb)


Sense 1decoy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "decoy" is one way to...):

entice; lure; tempt (provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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