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[poh-duhngk] /ˈpoʊ dʌŋk/
any small and insignificant or inaccessible town or village:
After a year in the big city, I was ready to move back to Podunk.
Origin of Podunk
1660-70, Americanism; generic use of Podunk, village near Hartford, Conn. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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legendary small town, 1846, originally the name of a small group of Indians who lived around the Podunk River in Connecticut; the tribe name is in colonial records from 1656 (as Potunck), from southern New England Algonquian (Mohegan or Massachusetts) Potunk, probably from pautaunke, from pot- "to sink" + locative suffix -unk, thus "a boggy place." Its popularity as the name of a typical (if mythical) U.S. small town dates from a series of witty "Letters from Podunk" which ran in the "Buffalo Daily National Pilot" newspaper beginning Jan. 5, 1846.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The legendary small country town; East Jesus, jerk town

[1843+; originally an Algonquian place name meaning ''a neck or corner of land,'' used for several places in New England; also the name of a small tribe]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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