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1. adjective Completely insignificant, out-of-the-way, and unsophisticated or uninteresting. The last I heard he had moved to some podunk little town in the middle of nowhere.
2. noun A fictional rural place that is completely insignificant, out-of-the-way, and unsophisticated or uninteresting. Capitalized in this use. Why would such a slick company like them hire some farm boy from Podunk like me? You'd better learn your way around this city. You're not in Podunk anymore, kid.
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1. n. an imaginary rural town where everything and everyone is backward, old-fashioned, and inferior. This is the big city, not Podunk.
2. mod. rural and backward. (Usually podunk.) I want out of this podunk town.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
A relatively unimportant rural place, town, or region. It is actually the name of several real towns and the name is derived from Algonquian, in which it denoted the name of a people and a marshy location. Mark Twain referred to it in a deprecating way, talking about a controversy and saying “They even know it in Podunk, wherever that may be” (“Mr. Beecher and the Clergy,” 1869). See also boonies; one-horse town.
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