To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap; to insnare; to allure; to entice; as, to decoy troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net. "Did to a lonely cot his steps decoy." (Thomson) "E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy, The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy." (Goldsmith)

Synonyms: To entice, tempt, allure, lure. See Allure.

Origin: Pref. De- + coy; orig, to quiet, soothe, caress, entice. See Coy.

(01 Mar 1998)

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