boondock

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Etymology[edit]

1910s, Tagalog bundok (mountain), adopted by American troops, reinforced or re-adopted during World War II.[1]

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boondock (plural boondocks)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) A brushy rural area or location.
    We got lost out in the boondocks, miles from anywhere.

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boondock (third-person singular simple present boondocks, present participle boondocking, simple past and past participle boondocked)

  1. To camp in a dry brushy location.
  2. To stay in a recreational vehicle in a remote location, without connections to water, power, or sewer services.
    While traveling in the American southwest, we saved money on campsites by boondocking in the desert.

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  1. ^ boondock” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).