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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. an uninhabited area with thick natural vegetation, as a backwoods or marsh (usually preceded by the).
  2. a remote rural area (usually preceded by the): The company moved to a small town out in the boondocks.
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Origin of boondocks

1940–45, Americanism; < Tagalog bundok mountain + -s3 (in locative derivations such as the sticks, the dumps, etc.)


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2. back country, backwoods, provinces; boonies, sticks.
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backwoods, country, bush, hinterland, boonies

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pl n the boondocks US and Canadian slang
  1. wild, desolate, or uninhabitable country
  2. a remote rural or provincial area
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Sometimes shortened to: the Boonies

Word Origin

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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