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[boon-doks] /ˈbunˌdɒks/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
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
1940-45, Americanism; < Tagalog bundok mountain + -s3 (in locative derivations such as the sticks, the dumps, etc.)
2. back country, backwoods, provinces; boonies, sticks. Unabridged
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plural noun (US & Canadian, slang) the boondocks
wild, desolate, or uninhabitable country
a remote rural or provincial area
Sometimes shortened to the Boonies
Word Origin
C20: from Tagalog bundok mountain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

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Remote places; rural regions: The people out there in the boonies may not know you're past it

[Marine Corps 1900+; fr Tagalog bundok, ''mountain'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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