Meaning of boondoggle

boon•dog•gle

Pronunciation: (bn'dog"ul, -dô"gul), [key]
— n., v., -gled, -gling.
—n.
  1. a product of simple manual skill, as a plaited leather cord for the neck or a knife sheath, made typically by a camper or a scout.
  2. work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy.
  3. a project funded by the federal government out of political favoritism that is of no real value to the community or the nation.
—v.t.
  1. to deceive or attempt to deceive: to boondoggle investors into a low-interest scheme.
—v.i.
  1. to do work of little or no practical value merely to keep or look busy.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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