plural noun
boon·​ies | \ ˈbü-nēz How to pronounce boonies (audio) \

Definition of boonies

US, informal
: a thinly settled rural area : boondocks used with the Out here in the boonies, the electricity goes down in almost every storm.— Stephen KingFor those of us who grew up in the boonies or the burbs, the effort to be chic has long been a sort of metropolitan imperative.— Cooke Goolrick

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Recent Examples on the Web Even in the metro areas seeing the most move-outs, relatively few urban homeowners are headed to greener acres in the boonies. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Pandemic has few Dallas homeowners fleeing for small towns," 21 Dec. 2020 The boonies of Chiricahua National Monument have become a weekend home for Merrick, who spends hours using GPS to track down far-flung nesting sites. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, "How a rare squirrel could reveal changes in a forest ecosystem damaged by wildfire," 4 Dec. 2020 So people would pick offices way out in the boonies. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Toy Story’ at the start," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of boonies

1954, in the meaning defined above

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“Boonies.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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