AskDefine | Define boondoggle

Dictionary Definition

boondoggle n : work of little or no value done merely to look busy v : do useless, wasteful, or trivial work

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Origin unknown.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈbu:ndɒgəl/

Noun

  1. a waste of time and/or money; a pointless activity
    Opponents consider this another billion-dollar government boondoggle.

Verb

  1. to waste time on a pointless activity

Extensive Definition

Boondoggle or boon doggle may refer to:
  • Boondoggle (project), term for a scheme that wastes time and money
  • Scoubidou, a knotting and plaiting craft known in the U.S. as "boondoggle"
    • Gimp, a type of thread used in making boondoggles and lanyards
  • Woggle, a scout's scarf fixing known alternatively as a "boon doggle"
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