De·coy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decoyed p. pr. & vb. n. Decoying.] 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.
Syn: -- To entice; tempt; allure; lure. See Allure.