Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Slang Rural country or a jungle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Boondocks.

Etymologies

Shortening and alteration of boondocks.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From boondocks, via clipping and adding the suffix +‎ -ies, as if a singular *boony ("remote place (singular)"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now, what's happening in the boonies is anybody's guess. gpk

    On Outlaws and Scorpions

  • The nice thing about the boonies is that visits by important, interesting people almost never overlap with each other.

    Framing Effects in the Boonies

  • He lives like a hermit out in the boonies, which is weird and sort of spooky.

    A Girl's Legs Stirring The Air

  • It's in the "boonies" as all my friends say and anyone that comes here!

    BILLBOARDS & OTHER PROMOTIONAL TIDBITS

  • For most of us who grow up in the "boonies" and go to school in the East, it's like speaking two languages -- Bill Clinton, for example, is perfectly bilingual.

    BUSH UNMASKED

  • The "boonies" provide a lot of benefits over already heavily populated areas.

    High Speed Chaos

  • The second, most likely, since I am heading mostly to the "boonies", but time will tell.

    Declining Value of the Dollar

  • Don't know if she's getting scared of being in the "boonies" like her mother always has been, or if she thought it too cold (she shed into her summer coat weeks ago, way ahead of her Mom and sister), or if she just didn't want to miss the milk leftovers from the boys 'cereal breakfasts.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • Otoh, I hope our situation doesn’t get desperate enough that a former one-term Congressman from the boonies is the best bet.

    The Sarah Palin tata brouhaha

  • But the "boonies" comment shouldn't only be associated with a certain Koster's parochial charm.

    PegasusNews.com stories

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