Definitions for stool pigeonˈstu li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stool′ pi`geonˈstu li(n.)

  1. a pigeon used as a decoy.

  2. Category: Status (usage)

Origin of stool pigeon:

1820–30, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fink, snitch, snitcher, stoolpigeon, stool pigeon, stoolie, sneak, sneaker, canary(noun)

    someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police

  2. stool pigeon(noun)

    a dummy pigeon used to decoy others


  1. stool pigeon(Noun)

    A decoy or an informer, especially one who is a spy for the police.

  2. Origin: From the act of tying or even nailing a pigeon to a stool to act as a decoy for hunters.


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