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)
Synonym: to entice, tempt, allure, lure. See Allure.
Origin: Pref. De- – coy; orig, to quiet, soothe, caress, entice. See Coy.