dupe (dp, dyp)
A person who is easily deceived or is used to carry out the designs of another.
tr.v. duped, dup·ing, dupes
To deceive (an unwary person). See Synonyms at deceive.
[French, from Old French, probably alteration of huppe, hoopoe (from the bird's somewhat foolish appearance); see HOOPOE.]
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