Definition of Podunk in US English:



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

    ‘she lived in a Podunk town notable for nothing except the girls' school where she taught art’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Nothing crushes the road trip's groove like getting a DUI, especially one in Podunk, Nebraska.’
    • ‘You see these ballets that were introduced to Podunk communities - no matter where they were, they gave every performance their all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A whole bunch of them got sent to Podunk in Arkansas.’
    • ‘The Podunk Daily News may not be important to you or I, but the people of Podunk swear by it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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)?’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Harry was ready to go any place - to the University of Podunk, if they asked him.’
    • ‘There will be that very nice boy from the Philippines, but there won't be any rough boys from Podunk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But a kid growing up in Podunk, Montana, might have to drive 500 miles to make it to a professional game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The article by Mr. Roy is very insightful; I don't care care if he is from Bombay or Podunk.’


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