1. A product of simple manual skill such as a plaited leather cord necklace, often made by a camper or a boy or girl scout.
2. Work of little to no value that is done to keep or look busy. Busywork.
3. A project funded by the federal government that is of no real value to the community or the nation.
4. (used with a person or object) To deceive or try to deceive.
5. (used without a person or object) To do work of no value just to keep or look busy.
Origin: First known use, America 1930-1935. For definition 1, this was said to have been coined by an American scoutmaster named R.H. Link.