What does ploy mean?

Definitions for ployplɔɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ploy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gambit, ploy(noun)

    an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker

  2. ploy, gambit, stratagem(noun)

    a maneuver in a game or conversation


  1. ploy(Noun)

    A tactic, strategy, or gimmick.

    The free t-shirt is really a ploy to get you in the door to see their sales pitch.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ploy(noun)

    sport; frolic

  2. Ploy(verb)

    to form a column from a line of troops on some designated subdivision; -- the opposite of deploy

  3. Origin: [Prob. abbrev. fr. deploy.]


  1. Ploy

    Ploy is a 2007 Thai film written and directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. The film premiered during the Directors' Fortnight at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The drama film stars Thai actress Lalita Panyopas in a story of a middle-aged married couple who question their relationship after seven years. Ananda Everingham is featured in a supporting role as a bartender. The film contained sex scenes that were shown at Cannes, but due to censorship concerns had to be re-edited by the director so the film could be shown in cinemas in Thailand when it opened there on June 7, 2007. The uncensored version of the film was shown in Thailand at the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ploy

    ploi, n. employment: (Scot.) a frolic. [Employ.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ploy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ploy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The Ayatollah:

    Iran will never accept this, this is the Americans' ploy. Removal of sanctions should be part of any agreement.

  2. Tom Sullivan:

    I can only think this is some kind of ploy. This is some type of strategy cooked up by the defense to try to save someone's life.

  3. One Abuja-based diplomat:

    It's an incoherent mix of people, helicopters and random kit from all sorts of different sources, but there is an element of internal cohesion from the Nigerian army, it appears to be a desperate ploy to get some sort of tactical success up there in six weeks for the electoral boost.

  4. Ali Khamenei:

    The strange drop in oil prices in such a short time is a political ploy and unrelated to the market. Our common enemies are using oil as a political ploy and they definitely have a role in this severe fall in prices, (Khamenei) endorsed an agreement between the presidents of Iran and Venezuela for a coordinated campaign against the slide in oil prices.

  5. Chetan Dube:

    In the 1800s, 90 percent of us were just farming. Today it’s 2 percent of us. What happened to the other 88 percent? Technology came and gave us wings, ‘Smart’ has become so abused a term. It has become more of a marketing ploy. But true ‘smart’ technology—a true cognitive agent—will almost force man to say, ‘Lift up your game.’ Because the commonplace, mundane chores that were abusing your intellectual capabilities are no longer there. Descartes’ classic ‘Je pense, donc je suis’—‘I think, therefore I am’—has never been more applicable to man’s pursuits.

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