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Definition: Boondocks / July 1, 2004
Boondocks – n.
Slang term to define a rural area.
Derived from the Tagalog word bundok, meaning mountain.
Became part of American vocabulary during the Philippine-American War. Mountainous terrain offered refuge and strategic advantages to Filipinos fighting for their country’s independence, and patrolling the boondocks became a common task for the U.S. military as it sought to eliminate resistance to U.S. rule. The boondocks were a contested terrain. They were bases of resistance. In American usage the word means hinterland, back country, or a remote and underdeveloped area.