A decoy is a fake or imitation thing. A decoy can be anything from a fake person to a fake animal.

  • The soldiers were using decoys to confuse the enemy.

  • The police used decoys to distract the criminals.

Definition of decoy


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




something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed


bait, lure


lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy

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Example Sentences for decoy

  • 1

    The duck decoy was a method, perfected in the Netherlands, of catching ducks.

  • 2

    Usually a gap is in the decoy spread to allow ducks to land in the gap.

  • 3

    Closing of the latch prevents the duck decoys from sliding off the device.

  • 4

    The carrier is connected to the decoy by string means.

  • 5

    The decoy then returns to also feed on the eggs.

  • 6

    The dog is directed to search the blinds for the decoy.

  • 7

    The Decoy Commander is also amphibious and has the ability to cloak.

  • 8

    Decoy tanks added to the deception of the unsuspecting Iraqi army.

  • 9

    The decoy is provided with a body capable of floating on the water surface.

  • 10

    This decoy moves in the current and attracts the attention of real fish.