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boondoggle (n.)

"A trivial, useless, or unnecessary undertaking; wasteful expenditure" [OED], 1935, American English, of uncertain origin, popularized during the New Deal as a contemptuous word for make-work projects for the unemployed. Said to have been a pioneer word for "gadget;" it also was by 1932 a Boy Scout term for a kind of woven braid.

updated on July 09, 2017

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Definitions of boondoggle from WordNet
1
boondoggle (v.)
do useless, wasteful, or trivial work;
2
boondoggle (n.)
work of little or no value done merely to look busy;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.

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