Lönnborg, who works as a lawyer in London, has on several occasions posed as Elin, acting as a decoy to throw off the paparazzi.
They said when I could decoy wild-fowl, I might set a trap for the Redfurns.
About sundown he took in his decoy Hen, as Owls were abundant, and went back to his camp.
The impudence of the authorities, to decoy an unsuspecting workingman across the State line, and then arrest him as my accomplice!
I want you, besides, to act as a decoy in a case I have already told you of.
Not one of the decoy pieces was found upon him, or any other coins, for that matter; he had no money.
The comparison of the mind to a block of wax, or to a decoy of birds, is found wanting.
They had a decoy, one of the oddest of its kind the boys had ever seen.
No, he has put forward as the decoy my colleague, Croffut,—perhaps you know him?
For us we put up at the "Temple of Segeste," attracted rather by its name than by any promise or decoy it offers.
1610s, perhaps from Dutch kooi "cage," used of a pond surrounded by nets, into which wildfowl were lured for capture, from West Germanic *kaiwa, from Latin cavea "cage." The first element is possibly the Dutch definite article de, mistaken in English as part of the word. But decoy, of unknown origin, was the name of a card game popular c.1550-1650, and this may have influenced the form of the word.
1650s, from decoy (n.). Related: Decoyed; decoying.