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of Australian Slang
mate! Learn these Australian slang words and phrases
and you'll feel at home on your first day Down
Aggro - abbreviation for aggravated, aggressive,
Ankle biter - a small or young child.
Arvo - afternoon.
Av-a-go-yer-mug - a phrase used to encourage someone
to put more effort into something.
Aussie - an Australian.
Bangers - sausages.
Barney - an argument, fight.
Beano / Beanfeast - a festivity, celebration.
Beanie - a small close fitting knitted cap often
with a pom pom on top.
Big smoke - the city.
Billabong - a waterhole.
Billy - a container, usually makeshift, for boiling
water or tea; a receptacle used for smoking marijuana.
Bloke - a man.
Bludger - a lazy person who evades responsibilities,
often applied to one who collects the dole and
doesn't try to find work.
Blue - to fight, a dispute; depressed in spirits;
a mistake; .
Bluey - a nickname for a red-headed person; a
breed of Australian work dog.
Bonza - excellent, attractive, pleasing.
Bottlo - a Bottle shop or Liquor store.
Bush telegraph / bush wire - unofficial communication
network by which rumours are spread.
Bushwhacker - one who lives in the bush.
Bushwacked - extremely fatigued or exhausted.
Bush week - a fictitious week when country people
come to town; a time of year when stupid things
Bushytailed - full of health and good spirits.
Bust - to apprehend for an illegal activity; to
go bankrupt; a police raid.
Butt - the buttocks, bottom.
Cakehole - mouth.
Can-do - capable and obliging.
Centralia - the inland region of Australia.
Champers - champagne.
Chinwag - a chat, conversation.
Chook - a chicken.
Cobber - a mate, friend.
Cockeyed - twisted or slanted to one side; foolish,
Codger - a bloke, fellow, especially elderly and
a little odd.
Compo - compensation for injury; workers compensation.
Corker - something striking or astonishing; something
very good of its kind.
Crapper - toilet.
Creepy-crawley - an insect.
Crook - sick, disabled, bad inferior; a thief;
to get angry.
Crown Jewels - the testicles.
Cut up - to cause distress to; to criticise severley.
Dag - a person with little or no dress sense,
Date - buttocks; a date roll is a roll of toilet
Dick stickers - mens brief style bathers.
Digger - an Australian soldier, especially one
who served in World War I.
Ding - a dent or damaged section of a car, bike,
Dinkum / dinki-di - true, honest, genuine.
Down the road - term indicating distance but no
particular distance, it could be a few hundred
metres but may be a few hundred miles.
Drongo - slow-witted or stupid person.
Dunny - an outside toilet, lavatory.
Earbash - to talk incessantly, someone who talks
Fair dinkum - real, genuine, true.
Few sandwiches short of a picnic - slow witted,
not all together.
Footy - rugby league.
Fridge - the refrigerator.
Full as a boot - intoxicated.
Full of it - someone is full of it if they are
G'day, gidday - a greeting meaning good day.
Gee-whiz - an expression indicating astonishment.
Get stuffed - go away.
Get the shits - to become angry, upset or short
Gnarly - difficult, awkward; terrific, excellent.
Go a meal or drink - could eat a meal or have
Go for broke - to risk all ones capital.
Greenie - deprecatory term for an environmentalist.
Grog / booze - alcohol. beer, spirits.
Grommet - an idiot; a young surfer
Grouse - very good.
Grub - food.
Hack it - to tolerate something or to keep up.
Hair of the dog - an alcoholic drink taken to
relieve a hangover.
Half your luck - an expression often indicating
envy of one's goodwill can also be a congratulatory
remark or best wishes blessing.
Hard yacka - hard work.
Hassle - to give problems, complications or aggravations.
Homestead - main residence on a sheep or cattle
station (ranch or farm).
Hooroo - goodbye.
In the shit - in serious trouble.
Jingoes - exclamation of surprise.
Joe Blake - snake (rhyming slang).
John - toilet.
Jumbuck - a sheep.
Kick in - contribute money to something.
Knock off - to steal something; a counterfeit
Lag - to inform on someone.
Lair - flashily dressed young man of brash or
Larrikin - a lout, a mischievous young chap.
Laughing gear - mouth.
Loo - toilet.
Mad as a cut snake - crazy.
Mate - usually a friend or acquaintance but anyone
can be a mate.
Middy - a middle-sized (285ml) glass of beer.
Mug - a fool, one easily duped.
Nong - a fool, idiot.
Noah / noah's ark - a shark (rhyming slang).
Ocker - the uncultivated Australian workingman;
Ol' cheese - mother.
Ol' man - father.
Oldies - parents.
On a good lurk - on to a good thing.
On ya mate - usually means well done but often
Open slather - free-for-all, anything goes.
Oz - Australia.
Piker - someone who doesn't want to do something
especially within a group.
Pissed - drunk.
Pissed off - disgruntled, fed up.
Plonk - any alcoholic liquor, especially cheap
Poddy-dodger - a cattle rustler, one who steals
Pollie / polly - a politician.
Pommie / Pom - English person (usually whinging
Prawn - a shrimp.
Pub - a hotel, short for public house. Usually
taken to mean the bar or drinking area in a hotel.
Rack off - go away, get lost.
Rag - a newspaper or a woman who sleeps around.
Ratbag - rascal, rogue.
Ripper / rip snorter - great, terrific.
Roo - short for kangaroo.
Sandshoes - casual footwear, joggers.
Sanga - a sandwich or sausage.
Schooner - a large-sized (425ml) glass of beer.
Scrub up - dress up.
Seppo / Septic tank - an American (rhyming slang
Servo - a petrol / service / gas station.
Sheila - girl, woman.
She'll be apples - all is well (rhyming slang).
Shout - buy or pay for; a round of drinks in the
Skite - boast, brag.
Slab - a carton of 24 beer cans.
Slugo's - mens brief style bathers.
Smoko - a break from work to indulge in chit-chat
and a cigarette
Spine bashing - resting, loafing.
Spit the dummy - get very upset about something.
Sport - used as a term of address usually between
males like mate.
Squib - to behave in a cowardly manner or to back
Stickybeak - to pry or meddle; one who pries or
Strine - Australian English.
Struth - an exclamation expressing surprise or
Stubby - a small bottle of beer.
Sunnies - a pair of sunglasses.
Swag - a large number or unspecified number.
Ta / tar - thanks.
Tart - once meaning 'sweet heart' but now a derogatory
word for a woman.
Tee up - to organise something.
Thingy / thingo / thingummyjig - any thing that
doesn't have a precise name.
Tightarse - someone who wont buy a drink or wont
part with money.
Tinnie - a can of beer.
True blue - genuine.
Tucker - food.
Uee - a U turn.
Up a gum tree - in difficulties, stranded.
Up shit creek - in trouble (often without a paddle
indicating serious trouble).
Ute - small truck, short for utility truck.
VB - Victoria Bitter, a beer.
Walkabout - a period of wandering, usually in
reference to Aborigines.
Walloper - one who thrashes someone.
Wally - someone who keeps making mistakes.
Wanker - one who masturbates; a person who is
full of themself, egotistical.
Waxxy / wax head - a surfer.
Wedding tackle - a penis.
Westie - someone from Sydney's western suburbs,
often used derogatorily to mean uneducated and/or
uncultured. Also someone who acts like a westie.
What-da-ya-know - an expression of surprise; a
friendly phrase used to open a conversation.
Wombat - a simple minded person.
Wog - a derogatory term for a foreigner, especially
one of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern extraction.
XXXX - a Queensland beer brand (pronounced four
Yarn - a story.
Yobbo - loutish, surly youth.
Yonks - a long period of time.
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