[ 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.) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for boondocks


/ (ˈbuːnˌdɒks) /

pl n the boondocks US and Canadian slang

wild, desolate, or uninhabitable country
a remote rural or provincial area
Sometimes shortened to: the Boonies

Word Origin for boondocks

C20: from Tagalog bundok mountain
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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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