—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. to deceive or attempt to deceive: to boondoggle investors into a low-interest scheme.
—v.i. to do work of little or no practical value merely to keep or look busy.