noun (used with a plural verb)
an uninhabited area with thick natural vegetation, as a backwoods or marsh (usually preceded by the ).
a remote rural area (usually preceded by the ): The company moved to a small town out in the boondocks.

1940–45, Americanism; < Tagalog bundok mountain + -s3 (in locative derivations such as the sticks, the dumps, etc.)

2. back country, backwoods, provinces; boonies, sticks. Unabridged
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boondocks (ˈbuːnˌdɒks)
pl n
1.  wild, desolate, or uninhabitable country
2.  a remote rural or provincial area
[C20: from Tagalog bundok mountain]

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Word Origin & History

1910s, from Tagalog bundok "mountain." Adopted by occupying American soldiers in the Philippines for "remote and wild place." Reinforced or re-adopted during World War II. Hence, also boondockers "shoes suited for rough terrain" (1953).
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