Definitions for boondoggleˈbunˌdɒg əl, -ˌdɔ gəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

boon•dog•gleˈbunˌdɒg əl, -ˌdɔ gəl(n.; v.)-gled, -gling.

  1. (n.)work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy.

  2. a project funded by the federal government out of political favoritism that is of no real value to the community or the nation.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. a plaited leather cord for the neck made typically by a camper or a scout.

  4. (v.t.)to deceive or attempt to deceive.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (v.i.)to do work of little value merely to keep or look busy.

Origin of boondoggle:

1930–35, Amer.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. boondoggle(verb)

    work of little or no value done merely to look busy

  2. boondoggle(verb)

    do useless, wasteful, or trivial work


  1. boondoggle(Noun)

    A braided ring to hold a neckerchief, particularly in scouting; a woggle.

  2. boondoggle(Noun)

    A waste of time and/or money; a pointless activity.

    Opponents consider this another billion-dollar government boondoggle.

  3. boondoggle(Verb)

    To waste time on a pointless activity.


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