Definition of Podunk in English:



  • [usually as modifier] A hypothetical small town regarded as typically dull or insignificant.

    [as modifier] ‘she lived in a Podunk town notable for nothing except the girls' school where she taught art’
    • ‘Harry was ready to go any place - to the University of Podunk, if they asked him.’
    • ‘But a kid growing up in Podunk, Montana, might have to drive 500 miles to make it to a professional game.’
    • ‘Nothing crushes the road trip's groove like getting a DUI, especially one in Podunk, Nebraska.’
    • ‘If you do well and have a great college experience (and a good GPA won't hurt either), your future employers will love you just the same, whether your degree says Harvard or the University of Podunk.’
    • ‘I had something to prove here - people respected me in New York and it was a really hard concept to have to start all over in this little Podunk town - where the population's like, four.’
    • ‘But what about the many good bishops (you know, all those bishops you haven't heard about, who are struggling to shepherd their flocks in Podunk, Iowa or wherever)?’
    • ‘A whole bunch of them got sent to Podunk in Arkansas.’
    • ‘The article by Mr. Roy is very insightful; I don't care care if he is from Bombay or Podunk.’
    • ‘It's amazing - I went from a being a baseball guy who scouted in every Podunk town in America, then all of a sudden scouting doesn't matter anymore?’
    • ‘You see these ballets that were introduced to Podunk communities - no matter where they were, they gave every performance their all.’
    • ‘Grumblings are being heard here and there that the price hike amounts to a cash grab by the lottery, and regular players - my friend KP out in Podunk, for example - greet the change with a certain degree of angst.’
    • ‘And you know, when you get lines to throw at them along that line, they buy, I don't care whether it's Toledo or Podunk or anywhere.’
    • ‘If there is someone, let's say in Podunk, Arkansas, who needs help in the form of a clinic or advice, they receive that help.’
    • ‘The Podunk Daily News may not be important to you or I, but the people of Podunk swear by it.’
    • ‘The stock options haven't quite vested, there's no better place to work in Podunk, or perhaps your boss is holding someone you love hostage.’
    • ‘There will be that very nice boy from the Philippines, but there won't be any rough boys from Podunk.’
    • ‘He made us see it was as if this soldier were on his way to Washington to help strategise for D-day and instead gets stuck in this Podunk town where he meets this guy, Woody, who thinks he's just gone off the deep end.’
    • ‘No, he was witty, pleasant, friendly, and kind, even to a Podunk newcomer like me.’
    • ‘Does Congressman Joe Schmo from Podunk, Neb., really know exactly who is giving money to the Republican National Committee?’
    • ‘Then they'll refer to you as a ‘bastard’ for living in California and having so many ‘connections’ while they lived in Podunk, New Jersey with no one to help them make their fantastic idea come to life.’


Mid 19th century: a place name of southern New England, of Algonquian origin.