from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An unnecessary or wasteful project or activity.
- n. A braided leather cord worn as a decoration especially by Boy Scouts.
- n. A cord of braided leather, fabric, or plastic strips made by a child as a project to keep busy.
- intransitive v. To waste time or money on a boondoggle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A braided ring to hold a neckerchief, particularly in scouting; a woggle.
- n. A waste of time and/or money; a pointless activity.
- v. To waste time on a pointless activity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. a braided cord made by hand by young scouts, used for various purposes, such as a hat cord or a key chain.
- v. a useless, wasteful, or impractical project; -- especially one authorized by a government agency as a favor to partisans, to employ unemployed people, or in return for corrupt payments.
- v. to do useless, wasteful, or trivial work.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. do useless, wasteful, or trivial work
- n. work of little or no value done merely to look busy
Coined by Robert H. Link (died 1957), American scoutmaster.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by Robert H. Link, American scout, 1929; alternatively “boon doggle”. Compare woggle of similar sense, attested in same period. (Wiktionary)