Definition of boondocks in English:


plural noun

North American
  • Rough or isolated country.

    ‘this place is out in the boondocks, you'll never get here by bus’
    • ‘But I drift from the point, which is: what is a sane, accomplished, professional clarinet player to do while stuck out in the boondocks?’
    • ‘Are you sure you want to trade all this in on an acreage in the boondocks of Alabama?’
    • ‘Its officers were no longer languishing in the boondocks, but were an influential part of the Washington scene.’
    • ‘‘They're of the mind that we're out here in the boondocks and therefore they can do what they please,’ he said.’
    • ‘But then here comes Jesus, the young upstart from the boondocks who has been raising eyebrows with his persistence and skill and surprising strategies.’
    • ‘Paco, from the boondocks of Spain, dreams of becoming a bullfighter.’
    • ‘And I don't reside in the boondocks where there are no services; I live in one of the biggest, most business-oriented suburbs of Chicago.’
    • ‘And the superintendents of these places encouraged that because it made them look good: here they are out in the boondocks and a famous doctor has visited them.’
    • ‘A rich media company buying up small stations in the boondocks might easily invest a lot of money in those stations to improve their news programs.’
    • ‘Last night we went to the boondocks (or as close an approximation as we could get to the boondocks, living in L.A.) to watch the Perseid meteor shower.’
    • ‘Now Nevada City has the cultural advantages of a small city and the rural advantages of the boondocks.’
    • ‘He hoped that he hadn't done anything too stupid, though in this desert boondocks, what sort of trouble could he have gotten into?’
    • ‘Steve's got a really lovely house out in the middle of the Michigan boondocks.’
    • ‘Sacred cows should graze with caution in the boondocks.’
    • ‘Call it a boondocks mentality - that persists despite our international cachet.’
    • ‘We're way out in the boondocks of Delaware, in this little place called Georgetown, one street town.’
    • ‘The first guy landed about halfway down the mat and went sailing out into the boondocks tearing off his gear and banging up his airplane rather badly.’
    • ‘I don't think anyone should sit around and say, ‘I don't care that people who live in the boondocks and are dialing in over a modem can't access my site.’’
    • ‘So understanding why new businesses do or don't emerge in the boondocks is essential to my career and the well-being of my family.’
    • ‘Chester stops for a red light, the first one we have encountered after fifteen minutes of driving, our house is so out in the boondocks.’
    countryside, green belt, great outdoors
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1940s: boondock from Tagalog bundok ‘mountain’.