- American slang, originally meaning a mountainous, remote area.
- Shortened: boonies
- Now used for any out of the way location, usually insinuating a backward and unsophisticated environment.
Sounds a lot like the Tagalog word bundok, doesn’t it?
Because that’s where it came from!
American soldiers brought it back to the U.S. after the Philippine-American War (1899-1902). Bundok is the Tagalog word for mountain, also colloquially used to refer to difficult to access inland rural areas, typically mountainous.