Definition of Boondoggle

1. Noun. Work of little or no value done merely to look busy.

Generic synonyms: Dissipation, Waste, Wastefulness



2. Verb. Do useless, wasteful, or trivial work.
Generic synonyms: Work

Definition of Boondoggle

1. Noun. A braided ring to hold a neckerchief, particularly in scouting; a woggle. ¹

2. Noun. (American English) A waste of time and/or money; a pointless activity. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To waste time on a pointless activity. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Boondoggle

1. [v -GLED, -GLING, -GLES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Boondoggle

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boomsters
boomstick
boomtime
boomtimes
boomtown
boomtowns
boomy
boon
boondie
boondies
boondock
boondocked
boondocking
boondocks
boondoggle (current term)
boondoggled
boondoggler
boondogglers
boondoggles
boondoggling
booner
booners
boong
boonga
boongary
boongarys
boongas
boongs
boonies

Literary usage of Boondoggle

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1. The Voyage of Sabra: An Ecological Cruise Through the Caribbean, with Extras by Michael L. Frankel (1990)
"... "Are you still on that environmental whatchamacallit boondoggle?" You work hard to create a situation where you can combine work and pleasure and then ..."

2. Beyond Polarization: Emerging Strategies for Reconciling Community and the by Kirk Johnson (1993)
"Of course, certification may become a consumer boondoggle unless some method exists to verify the authenticity of environmental claims. ..."

3. Explorations Into the World of Lewis and Clark: 194 Essays from the Pages of by Robert A. Saindon (2003)
"... might have provided cries from Federalists that the president was gambling with national security to promote his Louisiana Purchase boondoggle. ..."

4. Cry of the Phoenix by Gyeorgos Ceres Hatonn (1995)
"The plan is doomed to failure--I knew you knew that--another 5 billion dollars (yours) boondoggle. What is wrong with the plan? What in the world is right ..."

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