Definitions

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  • noun plural Rural country or a jungle.

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  • noun slang Boondocks.

Etymologies

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

[Shortening and alteration of boondocks.]

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From boondocks, via clipping and adding the suffix +‎ -ies, as if a singular *boony ("remote place (singular)").

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

  • 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 AND McCAIN'S REAL PROBLEM IS SELF-DECEPTION

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

    BILLBOARDS & OTHER PROMOTIONAL TIDBITS

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

    High Speed Chaos

  • 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.

    MOLLY IVIN'S LAST WORDS / BEST ARTICLE

  • 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 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

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