- an uninhabited area with thick natural vegetation, as a backwoods or marsh (usually preceded by the).
- a remote rural area (usually preceded by the): The company moved to a small town out in the boondocks.
Origin of boondocks
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Examples from the Web for boondocks
Jones is a veteran of another beloved-yet-controversial animated series on Adult Swim, The Boondocks.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical
January 9, 2015
Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks has been around for almost 20 and it's come back from the dead more than once.Aaron McGruder’s ‘The Boondocks’ Returns Without Aaron McGruder
April 21, 2014
Last year Boyd was transferred to Haynesville Correctional Center, a medium-security prison deep in the Virginia boondocks.From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals
July 28, 2013
- wild, desolate, or uninhabitable country
- a remote rural or provincial area
Word Origin and History for boondocks
1910s, from Tagalog bundok "mountain." Adopted by occupying American soldiers in the Philippines for "remote and wild place." Reinforced or re-adopted during World War II. Hence, also boondockers "shoes suited for rough terrain," originally (1944) U.S. services slang word for field boots.