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

  • Slang Wild and dense brush; jungle.
  • Slang Rural country; the backwoods.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A very rural location or town.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a remote and undeveloped area; -- sometimes used deprecatingly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a remote and undeveloped area


From Tagalog bundok, mountain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1910s, Tagalog bundokĀ ("mountain"), adopted by American troops, reinforced or re-adopted during World War II. (Wiktionary)



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  • Specifically from Tagalog, one of the languages spoken in the Philippines.

    June 8, 2009

  • "Boondocks" is a word derived from the Filipino word BUNDOK direct meaning is Mountain. The word gained popular use by American Military men during the Filipino American War in 1898-1900, when they would ask their Filipino guides where the filipino forces where and the answer invariably was "nasa bundok" (in the mountains).

    April 1, 2009