Learn Australian Slang
Australia has one of the most unique languages commonly referred to as Strine vernacular, an abbreviated term for Australia, and the word used to describe Australian slang. This index of popular words, style, slang, and colloquial language of terms and phrases, as well as hackneyed Aussie words listed from A to Z is offered as an interchange of word meanings.
Common used words and phrases you can quickly and easily master and understand. Capture the meaning of everyday words and proper pronunciation.
It's hard to imagine such a dialect sprouting from such a vast continent often referred to as a sun burnt country. Australian slang is a truly interesting and diverse way of talk, a lingo full of colourful idioms and meanings.
To the ears of a first time listener, this strange jargon is a collection of colloquialism of what may sound like gibberish, abracadabra, doublespeak, and mumbo jumbo terminolgy which could be mistaken for a local language mixed with buzz words like cobber, root, arvo, drongo, along with slang vulgarism. The tongue and terminology of this communication and conversation has its beginnings as far back as the days of the early colonial settlers. It's a memorandum or manifest of phraseology and prose found and expressed in a series of localism terms. This one-of-a-kind speech and verbalisation is a somewhat trite language, voice, and system of Australian words for discourse. The localised vernacular and vocalization is easily heard no matter whether you are in a big city or in the outback of Australia.
Some may even consider it a street talk. Phrases and speech uttered simply by facial expression, utterance, and an interchange of common spoken phraseology.
It can be further said to be a directory and store house of funny and oftentimes rhyming vulgar patter, argot, bunk, drivel, and brogue pidgin like English.
It is speech uttered throughout the nation no matter whether you hear it in the state of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania or the (ACT) Australian Capital Territory. Please find this menu or site lexicon a comprehensive concordance, glossary and vocabulary of Australian wording.
Collective Words of Slang
The arrangement and archive of concise information is a reference or wordlist revealing the uniqueness of how an Australian citizen may verbalise and render certain words and phrases in everyday speech. It is an articulation and introduction to learning and understanding the culture and speech of a foreign country and its bronze Aussie people. What you will find here is an expression of voice and the pronunciation and provincialism commonly spoken in every state and territory of Australia. The usage of this fascinating talk and the use of specific wording isn't twaddle, nor is it balderdash, doublespeak, colloquialisms, but a colourful and vibrant way of expressing oneself.
Australian Online Dictionary
There are many reasons for the success of this living and ever changing language. One lies in the choice of vocabulary—a selection which prefers the words in constant daily use and leads to larger works those which are seldom met with in normal speech or writing. The definitions, of course, benefit from this policy, since there is more space in which to develop really helpful explanations of each "main entry" and its related words. The simple presentation of the entries and remarkably large, clear type make this dictionary easy to use even by those with little knowledge of English.
A dictionary must keep pace with the living and changing Australian language, and during its lifetime online this work has been completely revised and re-set several times, apart from frequent lesser revisions and innumerable updates when minor adjustments were made. This entirely new and revised online edition includes many words and phrases which have recently been admitted to the Australian language, and some now obsolete words have been deleted.
Aussie Sayings, Speech and Style
Account has also been admitted to the subtle change in meaning of certain words and common phrases during recent years. There has been an overall increase in the size of the vocabulary, made possible by the removal of synonyms and antonyms, which had only a very limited usefulness as part of a general online dictionary and are now effectively covered in this Australian tutorial. We believe that we now have in this collective of usable words, the finest of online Australian dictionaries, an up-to-date word index which will daily be a practical help to a large number of readers from all over the world.
§ Scheme Of Pronunciation
The pronunciation of most Aussie slang is indicated simply by placing an accent ( ' ) immediately after the accented syllable. The division of words into syllables in English is more or less arbitrary, and advantage has been taken of this to show differences of pronunciation in vowels. Where the accent comes after the vowel this is usually pronounced long, but where the accent follows a consonant, the vowel of that syllable is to be taken as short; thus, sa'vour with a long a, but sav'age, with a short a; crit'tical with a short vowel, cri'sis with a long one. Words of one syllable are not shown with an accent and the silent e (e.g. at the end of words such as bite, abate, etc.) is ignored. For most words this indication of the stress will be found enough, but wherever the spelling is misleading, or there is some peculiarity of pronunciation, this is explained in brackets immediately after the word, e.g. enough' (i-nuf') laugh (laf), raise (-z), usually only the doubtful syllable or an Aussie letter being indicated.
Glossary Of Strine (Alphabetically) :
A.B.C. : Channel 2 Television (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
ABO : Derogatory phrase for Aboriginal
Act : Someone pretending. e.g."Cease bunging on an act." See also Bung
Aggro : Very angry, somewhat out of control. e.g. "I'll get aggro if you don't stop it!"
Alice : Nickname for the town of Alice springs located in the Northern Territory
All Blacks : Rugby union football team from New Zealand
Alky : An alcoholic person. e.g. "She's an alky!"
A Bit Stiff : Used to denote a person who is short of cash. e.g. "Mate, I can't loan you any money, I'm a bit stiff at the moment." See also Stiff
Alsatian : German Sheppard dog
Amber Nectar : Reference to Beer. And "Amber Liquid" is also a phrase used with a similar meaning See also Boozer
Anzac : World War soldier of the Australian and New Zealand army corps
Ankle Biter : Children in general. Also children that are referred to as brats
Apple Isle : The small island state of Australia called Tasmania
Apples : See She's apples
Ah-roo : Goodbye, farewell. See also Hooroo
Army Disposal : War surplus store
Artist : One who is excessive in nature, such as, booze artist, bull artist, con artist
Arvo : Afternoon. e.g. "I'll see you this afternoon mate!"
Aussie : Australian citizen. Australia. See also Oz
Aussie Salute : A comical term given (due to the abundance of flies) to a person waving their hands in a frantic pursuit to shoo the flies away
Australasian (market) : South east Asia, Australia, New Zealand and adjacent islands
Ayers Rock : The world's greatest monolith, rising 863 metres in the air and with a span of (over) 3.6 Kilometres and 1.9 Kilometres wide. Situated in the geographic dead centre of Australia, this magnificent and awesome sandstone rock formation captivates it's onlookers with its many spectacular views (see also Uluru)
Back of beyond : Faraway place e.g. middle of Australia. See also Never Never
2. An idiom used by an individual when they are uncertain of the exact location of either a place or town
3. See also Beyond the black stump
Back of Bourke : An uncertain outlying area beyond the outback town of Bourke in the state of New South Wales. See also Whoop Whoop
Back to front : Inside out, Backwards, wrong way
Backside : See Bum
Bad Egg : A trickster, a con man, a person of dishonest character, someone of little or no feeling for another fellow human being
Bad trot : Spoken in regards to a person having a succession ol failures
Bag Of Fruit : A statement given to someone (usually a man's suit) who is well dressed. e.g. "That's a nice bag of fruit you're wearing mate!"
Bag of worms : Constant activity or movement. e.g. "Sit still, you keep moving around like a bag of worms."
2. Distasteful, repulsive, disgusting. e.g. "Forget it! I don't want to hear it, you mind works like a bag of worms"
Baked dinner : A favourite Australian roast meal, baked lamb and vegetables
Bald as a Bandicoot : Unquestionably Bald. A term derived from the Aussie Marsupial. e.g. "the poor old bastard he is almost bald as a bandicoot"
Ball of muscle : A term of liveliness. e.g. "Look at that old sheila, will you! She's still a ball of muscle!"
Banana Bender : A term given to a person who lives in the state of QLD
Banger : Aussie sausage. e.g. "Do you want to put some extra bangers on the Barbie mate?"
Bar of : Disgusted or offended. Not wanting to have anything to do with a person. e.g. "Listen hear sport, for your information, I wouldn't have a bar of you!"
Barbie : Short for Australian Barbecue
Barrack : To scoff or leer at an opposing team or competitor
Barracking for : To support or cheer for a particular team or sports club. e.g. "Who's Dave barracking for? The Sea Eagles, of course! Well, I think the mighty Canterbury Bulldogs will end up winning the Grand Final this season"
Bash : Having an attempt at something. e.g. "Go on Luke have a bash at it, you can do it!"
Bashed : Clobber, Strike, Hit. e.g. "Did you hear about the old digger, mate? Yeah, the poor bugger! I'd like to get me hands on the mongrel who bashed him about the head with a cricket bat!"
Bastard : Not the offensive word known and used by Americans, this colourful word has a variety of meanings in Australia, that expresses both good and bad feelings. The term thus requires a complete understanding of how it is to be used and spoken, prior to conversational use. For example: (Personal feelings for others)
Fondness : "How are you, you old bastard"
Sorrow : "you poor bastard"
Stingy : "you miserable bastard"
Resourceful : "you smart bastard"
Oneself : "I'm a bit of a bastard"
Battler : A person who struggles to make a livelihood. Pronounced "batt-la"
Bathers : Swimwear. Swimsuit. See also Cossie and togs
Beetroot : Beet. A popular (vegetable) addition to most Australian meals
Beaut : Great, fantastic, agreeable. e.g. "I did end up buying the car. That's beaut mate!"
Beyond the black stump : An exceedingly distant vicinity
Bible Basher : A person with strong religious convictions
Bickie : Biscuit, cracker or cookie
Bickies : Legal Tender, a large amount of money. e.g. "He is making big bickies, he just bought a $100,000 yacht"
Big Red : The great Australian kangaroo measuring up to two metres (plus) in height with an ability to leap up to 4.5 metre high fences. An enormous threat to property owners for their destructive ability. See also Wallaroo
Big Note : An embellished voice of self importance or esteem. e.g. "Choof off mate will you, I'm sick of hearing you big note yourself"
Big Smoke : A large City or Major Township
Bike : See Town bike
Billy : A tin can for brewing tea over an open fireplace
Billy can : As above.
Billy cart : A small child's play cart made from an old wooden fruit box incorporating wheels (usually) from a discarded baby stroller
Billabong : An opening or water hole located mainly in a dry riverbed
Bit of a dry argument : A common phrase used by beer drinkers to indicate that it is the other person's turn to buy a round of drinks
Bit of A Worry : Disrupting, covers a very broad spectrum! e.g. "Did you hear the war has flared up in the middle-east again?" "Yeah, it's a bit of a worry, alright"
Bird : A female in general. e.g. "Did you see Dave’s girlfriend? Boy! She's a good looking bird"
Bizzo : Business
Black Stump : A term used to illustrate a great distance. See also See also Whoop Whoop
Black Fellow : An impolite idiom for an Australian Aborigine
Blind Freddy : A fictitious person not easily fooled. e.g. "You couldn't even fool blind Freddy with that story"
Block : A piece or parcel of land. e.g. "That's a nice block of land, you made a good choice" 2. Persons head. e.g. "If you keep it up, I'll knock your block off!" 3. See Lose one's block
Blocky : A word, to cover the distance of an entire block. e.g. "You silly galah, you missed the turn and now you'll have to do a blocky!"
Block of Flats : An apartment or condominium complex
Bloke : Men in general. e.g. "Old Eric is not a bad bloke, he is a good friend of mine." See also Mate
Bloody : Australia's most prominent and frequently spoken adjective 2. An expression of agreement or praise. e.g. "Bloody good job, I'll make sure you get that raise, you deserve it!" 3. Or conversely an expression of anger, annoyance or even of a stronger application. e.g. "Those bloody kids, stealing my watermelons again, I'll tan their hides if I catch them!"
Bloody Oath : A strong declaration of complete agreement, absolutely correct or unquestionable. e.g. "Do you think our team will win today? Bloody oath they will"
2. See also My Bloody Oath
Bloody Hell : Displeased, unhappy, discontent. Not considered a swearword. e.g. Bloody hell, the damn taps leaking again"
Blotto : As drunks as a skunk. Totally inebriated
Bottle Shop : A drive through bottle mart. Liquor shop
Blowie : A large annoying fly, similar in appearance to a fruit fly. Also called "blowfly"
Blow in : A stranger who arrives on the scene abruptly. See also lob in
Bludge : Loiter, vegetate, scrounge
Bludger : A person who constantly intrudes on other peoples good nature and hospitality. Also a person who has a tendency towards laziness
Blue : A mistake or error. e.g. "You made a real blue getting friendly with that bunch of characters!" 2. Quarrel, dispute, tiff. e.g. "I'd leave him alone mate if I was you, he just had a blue with his missus"
Blue Bottles : Small but poisonous blue coloured, jelly like fish that invade Australian waters during the summer months. Its bite produces a painful sting
Blue ringed octopus : A tiny but deadly octopus that exhibits a blue ring around it's body and administers a fatal bite if disturbed. Found in small rock pools by the sea throughout Australia
Bluey : A nickname applied to red haired individuals. 2. A parking or traffic fine
Blue Tongue : A hardy lizard indigenous to Australia that possesses a long blue tongue and grows up to 600mm in length. See also Goanna
Bob : A nickname given to a one shilling coin (old Australian Pounds, Shilling and Pence) worth twelve pennies. 2. Outdated Australian currency of little value. e.g. "No, I don't won't it, keep it yourself, it's not worth two bob"
Bobby Dazzler : Terrific, excellent, extra special
Bodgie : Low-grade, substandard, poor. e.g. "Listen sport, there's no way I'm paying you, that's a real bodgie repair job you did to my car"
2. A Hoodlum or roughneck. See also Mug Lair
Bombora : A perilous wave that rises suddenly over a reef or submerged rocks, and without warning collapses with great force
Bondi : A famous Australian surf beach. Also used in connection with an old Australian saying, "to shoot through like a Bondi tram"
Bondi Icebergs : A group of hardy individuals (a large number being of the older generation) who brave the freezing cold waters at Bondi beach during winter months. In addition to the already cold water they often have blocks of ice placed in the swimming pool to further decrease the temperature
Bonnet : The hood of a truck or car
Bonzer : Excellent, wonderful, superb. e.g. "That's a bonzer notion of yours mate, I might just give that some serious thought"
Bo Peep : See Sneak Peek and Sticky
Boil the billy : Put the kettle on, usually in reference to making a cup of tea
Boot : The trunk of a car
Boofhead : A dimwit or fool. A person who shows all the antics of a clown
Booked : Issued a speeding fine. e.g. "Did you hear, Susan was booked twice in the same week"
Boss Cocky : Head, leader, manager. e.g. "I'm sick of you telling me what to do, you think you’re Boss Cocky!"
Boots and all : Wholehearted, entirely, completely. e.g. "Dave wasn't kidding about writing a book, he went into it boots and all"
Bottom of the harbour : A terminology used to indicate elaborate schemes to evade Australian taxation
Bottler : Wonderful, genuine, exceptional. e.g. "Ok I'll buy it, it's a bottler alright!"
Bowser : A gas (petrol) pump
Bower Bird : A small native Australian bird that has an obsession to collect numerous odd type objects
Boozer : A public bar. Drink establishment. 2. A person who displays a great relish for the Amber Nectar and makes it a habit to visit the establishment by the same name
Brass Razoo : Something of no value, completely and utterly worthless. e.g. "Tony tried to sell me his old car. You don't say, it's a wreck, and I wouldn't give him a brass razoo for it!"
Brekkie : Breakfast. Pronounced "Brekkie"
Brizzie : Brisbane Queensland. Pronounced "Brizzie"
Bream : A popular and reasonably priced fish, due to its abundance in Australian waters. Pronounced "Brim"
Bring a plate : A traditional Australian custom for a person to bring a plate of food to assist the host or hostess
Broke : Down and out, destitute. e.g. "Poor old fellow, he's broke, lets all chuck-in and give him a few bob each"
Brolly : Umbrella. The word or term "brolly" is used mainly by older age people
Bronze Aussie : An Australian male who possesses good health, a good physique, a love for the outdoors and a charm for the ladies. 2. What most Aussie men would like to be or what they would like you to think they are
Brown Bomber : Police that issue parking fines only. See also Grey Ghost
Brownie : A variety of Australian cake. Originating from early colonial days and referred to as "Bush Brownies"
Brumby : A wild Australian horse
Bubby : A baby, usually spoken in reference to a new born baby
Bucks night : A bachelor party. Often this night is put together by his best mates and will be looked upon hesitantly by the groom to be. For Example: The night usually starts out calm enough with a certain amount of decorum, a fine meal, and as much alcohol as the groom wishes to consume; after all, his best mates are picking up the tab for this night. By the end of the evening however, the man of the hour may find himself chained to a suburban street light pole, or even handcuffed naked to the seat of an interstate train whose first stop is hundreds of kilometres away
Buckley's chance : Little hope or chance at all. e.g. "Boy, you're only giving me two chances, mine and buckley's"
Bugger : Another colourful word of the Australian dialect meaning difficult, strenuous, irritating. e.g. "That last job, you assigned me was a real bugger"
Buggery : A fictitious place. 2. Impolite way to tell someone to go away or leave. e.g. "Go to buggery"
Buggerise : Messing around, playing the fool. e.g. "If I've told you before, please don't buggerise around"
Buggered : No clue or idea. e.g. "Where's the key to the car? I’m buggered if I know!" 2. Tired, exhausted, weary. e.g. "Boy I really feel buggered!"
Bull Ant : A large (up to 25mm long) black ant with a painful bite. See also Jumping Bull Joe
Bull Bar : Solid welded steel or aluminium bars attached to the front end of a truck or car. Shaped in the form of a grill to prevent or reduce Damage caused from large animals such as kangaroos and cattle
Bull Dust : A fine orange coloured dust found in the outback. During rain it can make vehicle travel almost impossible as it mixes with the water forming a clay compound that compacts under your wheel arches to the point where your wheels can no longer rotate. 2. Poppycock! Nonsense! Absurd! e.g. "Surely you don't think I'm that stupid as to believe it’s nothing but a whole lot of bull dust!"
Bull larky : Misleading, incorrect, deluding. e.g. "I can't beieve it, it's the biggest load of bull larky I've ever heard"
Bullamakanka : An imaginary place in the outback. See also Whoop Whoop
Bum : Butt, one's behind. Also referred to as "Backside"
Bumper : Worthless. e.g. "I wouldn't buy you old bomb car mate, it's not worth a bumper." See also Brass razoo
Bunch : A crowd, a large gathering. See also Mob
Bung : Broken. e.g. "Mum, the toaster is on the bung again. 2. Pretend, fake, make believe. e.g. "Mum I really feel crook today. David, I've told you before, not to bung on an act, you going to school whether you like it or not!"
Bunger : A large firecracker about the size of a stick of dynamite, and in most states of Australia is now illegal
Bung-eye : An eye affliction, ailment or malady. 2. An impolite word directed towards others who may suffer from or have permanent disorders in this regard
Burl : Endeavour, strive, attempt. Exert your best effort. e.g. "Go on Perry get into the race, give it a burl, you can do it." See also Bash
Buster : A strong, southerly, gale force, wind that creates havoc to marine vessels and any person caught in one
Bush : Any area away from city limits and local suburbs. Hence to "Go Bush" is to get away from populated areas and city life
Bush Brownies : See Bickie
Bush Baptist : A person who manifests little or no religious faith
Bush Carpenter : A rough and ready handyman or a self proclaimed carpenter. Usually without having a license or a formal apprenticeship
Bush Lawyer : An attorney of dubious character, qualifications or ability. e.g. "Did you hear Garry lost the court case?" Yes i did, poor bugger he must have got a bush lawyer"
Bush Locust : A destructive winged insect. Australian farmers dreaded foe to their outback crops. Although some seasons are better than others, travellers unfortunate enough to experience a Bush Locust swarm first notice the sky in the distance blacken, only to find themselves in the midst of locust so thick, it may be necessary to use vehicle headlights and wipers on high speed just to get through it
Bush Ranger : An intrepid Highwayman. 2. Modern reference: A trickster, conman or thief. A person who flagrantly secures unjust gain or profit from others
Bush walk : A trail or path in the bush. 2. A lengthy excursion through the bush, undertaken by a single person or a group of individuals
Bushwalker : A person who enjoys hiking through bushland
Bushwhacker : A person who prefers to live in the bush. 2. A weird or odd person with a strange character
Bush wire : A telephone party line between outback properties
Bushy : A person who spends a lot of their time in the bush
Butcher shop : A meat market
By Crikey : An emphatic exclamation of determination. See also Crikey
BYO : Bring your own. An Australian custom, to bring your own liquor to a restaurant that possesses no liquor license. This procedure is acceptable and encouraged by the restaurant owner or management. e.g. "I'll meet you at the restaurant, and don't forget its BYO"
Cactus : Worthless, broken. e.g. "Well that's it Robin, I'm sorry but you old bomb car is really cactus now!" See also Mongo cactus
Cackle Berries : A chicken egg. e.g. "Mum, I'd like two cackle berries for brekkie, please." See also Googy
Call by : To stop in for a brief visit
Can : Pop or beer. See also Tinnie
Capsicum : A bell pepper
Caravan : A trailer. e.g. "Did you hear old Neville bought a new caravan"
Carbie : A vehicle carburettor. e.g. "What's the problem with your car mate? I don't know exactly, but I think it's with the carbie"
Cattle Duffer : Cattle Rustler. See also Poddy dodger 2. A person who benefits from dishonest profit
Channel Land : A vast area of outback land, (also referred to as channel country) that in the event of sudden torrential rain, fills quickly, swelling normally dry riverbeds to capacity and creating a expansive area of raging water. It then subsides almost as rapidly as it began. True incidents have been told of people who have been caught unaware by this freak and infrequent occurrence, and fortunate to escape with their lives. Only to return a few days later to find their personal belongings or even their car lodged ten metres high in a tree
Check out chick : A cashier
Cheeky : Disrespectful, rude, impolite. e.g. "Don't you answer me back in that tone of voice, you cheeky boy." 2. Mischievous, disobedient, unruly. e.g. "He was so cheeky Ben, that's the reason your uncle Dave got so many smacks when he was a little boy"
Cheque : Check, as in writing out a personal check
Chemist : A pharmacy or drug store
Chew and Spew : A local hamburger joint. e.g. "Let's go to the local chew and spew and pick up a burger on the way to the beach"
Chewy : Chewing gum
Chick : A young female usually in her teens
Chico roll : A Chinese like egg roll
Chilled one : A cold can of Aussie beer. e.g. "Throw us another chilled one, will you mate!" See also cold one
Chinwag : Discussion, chat, conversation. e.g. "Will be over, as soon as me missus comes back from having a bit of a Chinwag with her sister"
Chips : French fries. 2. Nicks in the paintwork ol a motor vehicle.
Chock a block : Completely full, stuffed, Squeezed together. e.g. "There's no way I can get any more into the boot of the car, it's already chock a block"
Chook : A chicken. e.g. "Did you cook that chook for tucker mum?"
Chayote : A popular and easy to grow vegetable similar to squash
Choof off : Depart, leave, exit. e.g. "As I already told you mate, I'm not interested, will you please choof off?"
Chrissie : Christmas
Christian name : First name of a person
Cricket : A game performed in the open air by two teams of eleven players, employing two bats, a hard ball and a set of wickets
Cricketer : A person who plays the game of cricket
Chronic : Arrogant, dominant, overbearing. 2. Severe, intense. e.g. "Old lofty has a real chronic nature about him, it can really get me aggro at times"
Chuck : To throw up, vomit or regurgitate. 2. To throw or toss. e.g. "That's good, Amanda, pick up the ball and chuck it to uncle Dove." 3. Perform, Stage, act. e.g. "Talk about undisciplined kids, if the neighbours ankle biter doesn't get his own way, he chucks a fit!"
Chuck off : To scorn, mock or belittle. e.g. "Cut it out mate, don't chuck off at him, he is alright"
Chunder : Heavy, agitated (surf) waves. 2. To throw up or vomit 3. Sick or seasick
Chundered : Wiped out, lost control. e.g. "Look at Peter, he really got chundered good that time." 2. Act of throwing up.
Chuttie : An older expression for chewing gum
Cicada : A cricket like insect (a delicacy of most birds) that sheds it skin leaving behind a shell with the outline of its body. Most young Australian children at one time or another have found a cicada shell attached to a fence or tree. See also Piss waker
Claytons : A well known and advertised non-alcoholic drink that looks like and tastes like whiskey. 2. Imaginary fictitious, invented. For example, a "Claytons Aussie" is a person who thinks he or she is an Australian, but really is not an Australian citizen at all
Clapped : Worn out, finished with or of no further use. e.g. "What, you bought old Toni’s bomb, he told me himself he thought it was clapped out"
Clapped out : As above
Clear off : A strong command to leave. e.g. "Clear off, and don't let me catch you drinking around here again"
Clout : No intelligence, ability or foresight. e.g. "By the way he is acting, I don't think he's got much clout"
2. Effort, energy, exertion. e.g. "Get going mate, put your back into it and give it some clout"
Cluey : Perceptive, astute, knowledgeable. e.g. "Why don't you go and ask him. He is a real cluey guy, and I'm sure he will help you out"
Clucky : A woman's desire or expression to become pregnant. e.g. "You sure you not planning on having kids because your missus sounds clucky lately"
Coat hanger : The famous Sydney harbor bridge in the state of New South Wales. e.g. "Did you hear about the silly galah who tried to throw himself off the coat hanger"
Cobber : A close friend or companion. Today the word "cobber" is mainly used by the diggers, shouting schooners at the local pub. The word mate has replaced "Cobber" and is used primarily by the younger generation
Cockatoo : A large, white, noisy native bird of Australia. 2. An owner of a small outback property. 3. A lookout (person) during unlawful operations
Cockatoo farmer : An outback farmer. Also referred to as Cockatoo settler
Cocky : Smart, shrewd, a show off. e.g. "You think your real cocky don't you mate, well you've got a lot more to learn in life"
2. An outback farmer. A shortened form of Cockatoo farmer
Cold one : A cold beer. See also Frostie
Cold as a babies bum : Lukewarm, temperate, moderate. e.g. "No thanks, I'll make my own cup of tea, the last one you gave me was as cold as a babies bum
2. An uncouth word directed towards an unfeeling or indifferent type of person
Colonial boy : An early Australian subject of the British crown. 2. An Australian male getting on in (age) years
Come off the grass : Tell me the truth, give it to me straight
Come the raw prawn : Pretend, imagine or invent an act of innocence or lack of understanding. e.g. "Don't put on the raw prawn with me, I know how you really got the moolah!"
2. An endeavour to mislead, swindle or take advantage of others. e.g. "Listen hear mate! I've heard enough of you Bull Larky, don't think you can come the raw prawn with me"
Commo : A communist person
Compo : Compensation due to work related accidents or sickness
Conk : Strike, hit, punch. e.g. "Chastise the boy, but don't conk him on the head, you could really hurt him!"
Cooee : A piercing shout or cry expressed mainly in the outback or bush. See also Within cooee
Coola bin : A convenient, compact cooler for drinks or food. See also Esky
Cop it sweet : Accept the inevitable. e.g. "Calm down mate, just cop it sweet, there's nothing you can do about it"
Cop Shop : Police Station
Corroboree : A ritualistic Dance preformed by chanting Aborigines. 2. A mockery a laughingstock or farce. e.g. "Calm down everyone you turning the meeting into a Corroboree"
Cossie : Swimming attire or uniform. See also Togs
Cotton wool bud : A Q-tip
Counter lunch : A reasonable priced meal purchased at a hotel. e.g. "Let's go down to the local pub for a few schooners, I'll even shout you to a counter lunch"
Cow : An offensive word directed towards a disagreeable, often egotistical or thick headed individual. e.g. "you stupid cow, you really get me aggro, we'll never resolve the problem if you keep on arguing about it!"
2. Distasteful, miserable, annoying. e.g. "You can forget sailing, it's a cow of a day, what with the howling rain and high seas you'll never get around the headland"
3. Obstinate, infuriating, unforeseeable. e.g. "Come on, you rotten cow, twist open, you can't be on that tight!"
Crack down on : Confiscate, seize or apprehend someone or something. e.g. "Did you hear about Mike, the Police finally did crack down on him?"
Crack on to : To capture the attention or adoration of the opposite sex. e.g. "Who is he dating at the moment? I think he is trying to crack on to that redhead Robin"
Crack it big : To achieve affluence, wealth or prosperity
Crack of the whip : See Fair crack of the whip
Cracker : A fire cracker. 2. Money of little value. e.g. "You keep it mate, I'm not interested it's not worth a cracker!"
Cracker night : Fireworks night, similar to the American 4th of July
Crash hot : Terrific, marvellous, sensational. e.g. "Your idea of wagging school today and going to the beach instead, was crash hot!"
Cripes : An outcry of mild shock, amazement or disbelief. e.g. "Did you hear me neighbour walked out on his missus for good?" Cripes, I never thought he was that type of bloke"
Crikey : A strong explanation of disapproval. e.g. "By Crikey, if you keep mucking around, I'll bet the living Ricky’s out of you"
2. Surprised, astonished, amazed
Crook : Sick, ill or unwell. e.g. "Thanks anyway, but I'll take a raincheck okay, I'm feeling crook today, but I'll be seeing you" 2. To voice your indignation, dissatisfaction or disapproval. e.g. "I could really go crook at the bank for messing up my account!" 3. A state of being aggravated, angry or irritated. e.g."They stole Pops golf clubs and he is real crook about it, so I don't think now is the right time to talk to him" 4. To insult, abuse or offend. e.g. "Robin sure went crook on me for cracking her best chinaware" 5. Valueless, useless or phony. e.g. "It's a crook watch you sold me, the Jeweller said it's not worth two Bob!"
Crooked on : Dislike, despise or scorn. e.g. "I feel crooked on myself for the way I've treated you, forgive me"
Crooked as a dogs hind leg : Uneven, bent, lopsided. e.g. "You think you put the fence up straight, but crikey I reckon it looks as crooked as a dog's hind leg"
Crumpet : An English style of muffin
Crust : Support, livelihood or a living. e.g. "Old Dave works hard to earn his crust"
Cuppa : A hot drink, usually in reference to tea or coffee
Curry : To voice your anger towards others e.g. "That stupid galah, he won't argue with me again, I really gave him some curry that time" 2. To insult, abuse or harass
Daks : Men's trousers or pants. See also Strides
Dad and Dove : Fictitious, outback characters, once very popular on early Australian radio
Dash : See Do one's Dash
Damage : Check (Restaurant) bill or final amount owing. e.g. "She looks great, just like a new car again. But what's the Damage and I'll pay you now?"
Damper : A bushman's delight, hot baked bread that was cooked in the ashes of a fire
Damn : Stupid, ludicrous or a (popular) word to express mild aggression. However, that the word Damn can be used or spoken in a way that denotes it as a curse or swear word, as generally looked upon in the United States of America. But speaking the word Damn is not considered to be in this category"
Dead : The old saying, "Interesting things come in small packages," certainly rings true as to the small word "dead" as used by the Aussie population. Examples:
Deadbeat "Exceptionally tired"
Deadbeat "A down and out person"
Dead hand "A professional"
Deadhead "Useless individual"
Dead heart "Centre of Australia"
Dead horse: tomato sauce. e.g. "Pass the dead horse will you please mate"
Dead as a doornail "Unquestionably dead"
Dead as Julius Caesar "Absolutely no hope"
Dead set "Truly, for certain"
Dead spitting image "An identical duplicate"
Dear : Expensive, overpriced. e.g. "I'd like to buy it but in my opinion, it's just too dear"
Deener : One shilling coin (twelve pennies). Old Australian currency
Dekko : Look, glance or examination
Dero : A derelict person, a destitute individual or an impoverished city dweller
Death adder in your pocket : Mean, stingy, tight. (Generally used in reference to money) e.g. "What do you mean you're not paying, it's your shout. The way you're carrying on, I think you've got a death adder in your pocket!"
Dice : Disregard, Dispose, Eliminate, Get rid of. e.g. "Forget that one it's cracked, go ahead and dice it!"
Didgeridoo : A musical instrument indigenous to the Australian Aborigine which is shaped from a hollow tree branch and can be up to 3 metres long
Died with his pants on : Dropped dead. Died on the spot
Digger : An Australian war veteran (soldier) of World War One (WW1)
Dill : A show off. A person who displays all the antics of a clown
Dill brain : A stupid or foolish person. See also Deadhead
Dillybag : A small or medium size leather carrying bag
Dim Sim : Similar to a Chinese egg roll. See also Chico roll
Dingo : A wild Australian dog. Prevalent in the outback
Dinky Di : The genuine article. It's the real deal. The author is a Dinky Di Aussie
Dinkum : Upright, true or honest. See also Fair dinkum
Dinkum Australian :Someone who is born in Australia
Dinkum Oil : True or reliable information
Dirty Big : Enormous, huge or extremely large. e.g. "That's a dirty big truck you got, mate!"
Divvy : Divide or share between others
Do one's block : To become enraged or furious
Do one's Dash : To throw a tantrum
Do one's lolly : A violent outburst of temper. An intensified, "Do one's block"
Dob : To inform or reveal. e.g. "If you keep doing it, I'll dob you in to the teacher"
Docket : Bill, cash receipt
Doco : Television documentary
Dodgy : Suspect, odd, suspicious. e.g. "I wouldn't use that old ladder if I were you, it looks a little dodgy to me"
Doer : A peculiar, interesting or respected person. e.g. "Boy, she's a good doer, she helped when he was crook"
Dog : Ill-bred, unrefined, a person with no sense of dress, personal presentation or manners. e.g. "Oh boy, he is a real dog, I'm afraid we can't hire him" 2. An ugly woman. 3. A person of humorous nature or personality
Doggy : Shabby looking. Usually in reference to clothing
Dole : Government provided unemployment benefit
Dole Bludger : Someone who prefers to get a dole cheque" rather than do an honest day's work for a living
Dong : Hit or Strike. e.g. "If he doesn't shut up I will dong him"
Done like a dinner : Taken to the cleaners, taken for all he's got or worth
Double : Australians almost always use the word "double" in reply to a question, as regards to dual numbers or letters. For example, when you ask for their phone number (e.g. 213-8800) they will say, Two, one, three double eight double "O"
Double Adapter : A electrical jack or connector
Dooverlackie : A gadget, gizmo a thingamajig
Down Under : The bottom of the world, hence, Australia the land down under
Dream Time : The beginning of the world, as believed and told by Aborigines
Drive-in : See Passion Pit
Drop : A fine wine, glass of spirits or an excellent tasting alcoholic drink. e.g. "That's not a bad drop!" 2. Hit or strike or knock down someone. e.g. "You say that about my missus again mate and I'll drop you"
Drop your bundle : Spill your guts, reveal all information. 2. To lose heart in someone. 3. A state of bewilderment, confusion or distress
Drop a clinger : To pass gas
Drongo : A moron or stupid individual
Duds : Men's trousers or pants. See also Daks
Duco : A motor vehicles exterior paintwork
Dumper : A large wave that hits a swimmer without warning, then collapses with such force that it sends him or her to the bottom
Dunny : An outside toilet, an outhouse. Found on the outback properties. See also Loo
Dyke : A slang term for a toilet. See also Dillybag
Earbash : To talk or be spoken to incessantly. e.g. "Why did you move seats? Because the bloke beside me was giving me a good earbashing"
Easy : Impartial, indifferent, a person who shows little concern as to the outcome of a decision. e.g. "What do you think about it? I'm easy"
Edge on : To have the advantage. e.g. "Are you going to give up? I've got the edge on you!"
Emu : A ground bird of great speed, indigenous to Australia and a dead ringer to an ostrich
Enzed : The land of New Zealand incorporating a north and south Island
Enzedder : A citizen or resident of New Zealand
Entree : An appetizer
Engaged : Busy or occupied. e.g. "I phoned you, but you were engaged"
Esky : A portable cooler for food or drinks. See also Coola bin
Extra Grouse : Extra special, better than terrific
Fag : Cigarette
Fair crack of the whip : A request to display an honest understanding, dealing or arrangement. 2. Give it up, don't ruffle your feathers
Fair go : Show reasonableness. Spoken emphatically e.g. "Wait, hear the man out first, and give him a fair go"
Fair enough : An cry of approval. See also Ridgy Didge
Fair Dinkum : Entirely honest, genuine, absolutely true. See also Dinkum oil
Fatties : Wide, low profile tyres on a (Hottie) car. See also Hottie
Fibro : Fibrous cement sheets for buildings. Home cladding material, very common on older Australian homes
Fiddlesticks : Not true, nonsense
Fine : Clear, bright, fair. e.g. "It's pouring down rain right now, so let's wait until it clears up"
Fizzer : A fire cracker that did not explode. A dud
Flaked : Worn out, fatigued, exhausted. See also Rooted
Flaming : A zealous outcry of rage, anger or abuse
Flannel : Wash cloth. 2. Woollen material
Flannelette : Woven cotton fabric or material. Clothing in Australia manufactured from "Flannelette"
Flat : A single apartment
Flat mate : Room mate
Flat out : Full speed. e.g. "I can't go any faster I'm flat out already"
Flat out like a lizard drinking : To accomplish something as fast as you can
Flat as a tack : A state of being extremely busy or active especially in respect to one's work or job
Flies : See No flies on
Fly speck : Something incredibly rare, scarce or uncommon
Floater : Australian hot meat and pea pie
Flog : To steal something. e.g. "Where did you get that from Bill? I hope you didn't flog it"
2. To sell something. e.g. "Why don't you fix up your old car? Na! I think I'll just flog it instead!"
Flutter : A calculated risk or a moderate gamble. See pokies
Footy : Football. (Rugby league, Australian rules, etc.) e.g. "Are you going to footy today?"
Fortnight : Fourteen days, a period of two weeks
Fossick : To search intently. e.g. "Where's Nigel? He has gone bush to fossick for gemstones"
Four-x : A popular beer consumed in large quantities in the northern state of Queensland. The can or bottle label displays (four) XXXX
Fringe : Bangs. The fringe of hair above the eyes on a female e.g. "Do you want me to cut you fringe or leave it alone?"
Fruit loop : A person who lacks intelligence. See also Nitwit
Frock : A dress, usually a woman's summer dress or skirt
Frostie : A cold beer. See also Cold one
Full as a boot : Extremely drunk, beyond legal limits. e.g. "How is George? Not good, he is already full as a boot!" See also Blotto
Full quid : Having full control of one's body and mind. See also Not the full quid
Full stop : A period in a sentence
Funnel web : Just possibly the deadliest spider in the world, found predominately in the Sydney Metropolitan area and northern coastal regions. The Funnel web spider inflicts a painful and almost always, lethal bite. The venom attacks the nervous system resulting in uncontrollable convulsions followed by death
G'day (mate) : Good day, hello friend. An Aussie trade mark
Galah : A person displaying all the attributes of a fool or idiot
Game as Ned Kelly : A fearless and Daring individual. e.g. "No way, I'm not climbing that cliff face, you have to be as game as Ned Kelly to do it
Game as a piss-ant : Bold, fearless, courageous
Garage : A gas station. Pronounced "Gar-rage"
Garbo : A garbage collector. Sometimes referred to as a "Gar-bolo-gist"
Gear : Clothes. See also Laughing Gear
Get rooted : A vulgar and distasteful term for "get lost!"
Give it a break : Discontinue, cease, quit. e.g. "You've been talking for the past twenty minutes, will you give it a break!"
Give it a go : To try to make an honest effort
Goanna : A large craggy lizard, looked upon as tucker by the Aborigines
Go : An attempt or try. e.g. "I'll have a go mate!" 2. An understanding, arrangement or an agreement. e.g. "Ok that's a go!"
Go to the pack : Fall to pieces, breakdown or collapse
Gob : One's mouth. See also Zip your gob
Gone a million : Exposed, dilemma, caught. e.g. "Did you hear old Tom was found with some stolen television sets? No I didn't, but I'm sure he's gone a million"
Good Doer : See Doer
Good nick : Good condition. See also Nick
Good Sport : A likable person, generous individual, someone who is agreeable and fits in with others
Good : A utility word with numerous uses and colourful interpretations. For example:
Good doer – "An interesting person" Good drop – "A fine tasting drink" Good on you – "Expression of approval" Good-oh – "All right"
Googy : An egg
Gooly : A stone or rock. e.g."Did you throw that gooly you little bugger
Grabber : A selfish individual. 2. A person who persists on placing their hands on others
Grand Final : End of the season play and final football match to decide the best (club) players of the year. Similar to the United States Super Bowl. See also Premiership
Grey Ghost : Police that issue parking fines. See also Brown bomber
Grazier : Rancher
Greenie : Someone who endeavours to protect the natural environment
Greengrocer : A vegetable and fruit shop. 2. A variety of a cicada. See also Piss Waker
Grog : Liquor alcohol, spirits
Grog shop : Liquor shop. See also Bottle Shop
Groper : A person from the state of Western Australia. 2. See Grabber
Grotty : Unclean, dirty or messy
Grouse : Good, excellent, terrific. See also Extra Grouse
Guillotine : In France a guillotine was used to behead people; in Australia it is a paper cutter
Gumtree : A native tree of Australia. See also Up a gumtree
Gutser : To fall apart, breakdown or give up
Hairy eyeball : Give someone the "Hairy eyeball" is to give them the once over or to examine them closely
Half way decent : An expression used to denote a reasonably attractive person
Harry cafe de Wheels : A small trailer located in the older suburb of the city of Sydney, called Woolloomooloo. This small eating-house offers (The best!) hot pies, topped with mushie peas and has become a famous Sydney landmark. Among the list of famous people to eat there includes Colonel Sanders of Kentucky fried chicken fame, Olivia Newton John, and many other celebrities and movie stars
Have a sticky : Pry into others affairs. Look or glance. e.g. "Let's have a sticky through 'is bag and see if we can find it." See also Bo Peep
Happy as Larry : Overjoyed, happy or completely satisfied
Hard word: To extract information or to request money or a favour. e.g. "Keep away from old William or he'll put the hard word on you!"
Hard Yakka : Strenuous work. e.g. "You didn't tell me the job was going to be hard yakka mate!"
Heaps : Large amount. e.g. "Take you pick, there's heaps to choose from." 2. Troubles, problems, or a piece of one's mind. e.g. "Don't let him get away with it, say something, Give him heaps"
Hey! Hey! It's Saturday : An extremely successful and popular Australian Saturday television show with one of the hosts being a pink ostrich named "Ozzie"
Holiday : Vacation
Holy Dooley : Disbelief, amazement, astonished
Hooray : Til next time we meet, goodbye, farewell
Hooroo : Farewell, goodbye. 2. Cry to attract attention. See also Tata
Home unit : Apartment. See also Flat
Hostie : An airline hostess or stewardess
Hottie : An exaggerated tale or sceptical story. 2. A souped up car, or a fast high performance motor vehicle
Hoyts : Name of a popular theatre complex and chain
Humpy : A small shack, usually in poor condition
Hundreds and thousands : Sprinkles used on cakes or deserts
Icebergs : People who swim in winter regardless of weather and water temperature. see also Bondi Icebergs
Icky : A difficult situation or predicament. e.g. "I wouldn't like to be in Karen's shoes tonight, she accidently made a date with two good looking blokes and there meeting up with her at the same time and place"
2. Unpleasant surroundings or environment
Idiot box : Television
In the blue : A situation or event that is out of control
In the nick : In jail, prison, or a reformatory. 2. A state of (Human) nakedness. See also Nick
In like Flynn : A person who is enthusiastic, lively or swift in deeds, actions, or dealings with others
Info : Information
Ironbark : Extremely tough hardwood lumber
Ironman : A muscular, healthy life saver. 2. One who competes in triathlon events See also Bronze Aussie
It's Rooted : Completely and utterley broken, bent or damaged. See also Cactus
Jack of : Sick of or fed up with someone or something. e.g. "Did you hear about Bob, he got jack of his job, and shot through to Brizzie
Jack up : Refuse, deny or an act of stubbornness
Jacko : A nickname for an Australian kookaburra
Jacky : A jack pot from a coin operated slot machine
Jackeroo : A novice worker on an outback station
Jaffle : A toasted sandwich
Jaffle iron : A waffle-like machine for making jaffles
Jaffa's : A well-known Australian candy
Jarrah : A mahogany (gum) tree indigenous to Australia
Jelly-bubbler : A semi-transparent Portuguese man-of-war that can grow to a considerable size, trailing extensive poisonous tentacles
Jelly-fish : A small lucid jelly like sea creature. See also Blue Bottles
Job : To punch or strike someone
Joey : A baby Kangaroo
Journo : A Journalist
Juice : Gasoline. e.g. "Look at you petrol (gas) gauge, boy you old bomb car sure sucks up the juice"
Jumbuck : Sheep
Jumper : A popular word for a sweater. e.g. "It's going to be cold tonight, so bring a jumper with you"
Jumping Bull Joe : An aggressive orange and black ant that hops. Approximately 20mm in length, the Jumping Bull Joe is enemy of the bull ant
Just quietly : Classified, private, secret
Kangaroo : An Australian marsupial, nicknamed "Roo"
Kelly : See Ned Kelly
Keep nit : An expression directed to a lookout, to keep a watchful eye out for the law during illegal operations. See also Nit Keeper and Cockatoo #3
Kero : Kerosene
Kinder : Kindergarten, Day care centre, nursery
Kiwi : A nickname given to a New Zealander
Kiwi bird : A native (almost extinct ) bird of New Zealand
Kiwi fruit : Chinese gooseberries
King Dick : Boss. Also used in an offensive way. e.g. "Who does he think he is? King Dick!" See also Lord Muck
Knackered : Worn out, fatigued, exhausted. e.g. "I heard you did some hard yakka today. Yes, and I'm feeling really knackered"
Knick : Steal, rob, thieve
Knick off : An impolite suggestion to ask someone to leave
Knocker : A person who continually finds fault. e.g. "I wouldn't show him, he is a real knocker"
Knockback : Refuse, deny or to miss out on something. e.g. "Did you get the job? No, I got a knockback"
Knockout : To invent, fabricate, construct. e.g. "No worries, I'll knockout a couple for you" 2. To acquire or earn
Koala : A marsupial indigenous to Australia
Not quite the cuddly animal most people imagine. With it's sharp claws and a habit of urinating on you if disturbed, the koala is best viewed from a distance
Kombi Wagon : A VW bus or van
Kookaburra : An Australian bird with an amusing laugh and humorous antics
Knuckle : To fight. e.g. "The boys got into a real knuckle!"
Ladder : A flaw or run in a woman's nylon or stocking
Lair : A show off, a person who displays all the qualities of a clown. 2. A person who wears gaudy or showy clothes. See also Mug Lair
Laired up : Dressed in one's best clothes usually for a special occasion
Lassie : A rubber or elastic band
Lamington : A chocolate coated sponge cake, sprinkled with coconut topping
Larrikin : A boisterous and mischievous youth. See also Bodgie
Lay-by : Layaway
Laughing gear : A term applied to one's mouth. See also Gob
Lash at : Strive or endeavour to accomplish a job or a form of activity
Lashings : A lot of something, plenty, an abundance. e.g. "Saturday's Barbie sure had lashings of tucker and grog
Left for dead : To outclass, exceed or transcend. e.g. "The Yank left us for dead in the last America's cup race"
Lippie : A woman's lipstick
Liquid gold : Beer. See also Amber Nectar
Lifesaver : Lifeguard
Lob in : To arrive at someone's place unexpectedly
Lob onto : Take advantage of, take hold of, or to find out about something
Locust : See bush locust
Lofty : A nickname for a short person
Log head : Someone who displays little or no intelligence
Loo : Lavatory, toilet. See also Dyke
Lolly : A mint candy or lollipop. See also Do one's lolly
Lord muck : Top dog, chief, ruler. See also King Dick
Lose one's block : Lose one's self-control. Fits or screaming. Loud burst of anger. See also Ropeable
Lovely Linda : An inflatable doll
Lyrebird : An individual who constantly tells lies. e.g. "I wouldn't believe him mate, he is a bit of a Lyrebird
Mangy : Selfish, stingy, lousy. e.g. "I wouldn't invite you, you mangy bastard. By the way you act, you'd think you've got a death adder in your pocket"
Mad as a meataxe : An expression to denote complete stupidity. e.g. "I knew he would eventually get caught, he is as mad as a meataxe you know"
Magpie : A large black bird that has a practice of swooping down and pecking the heads of people who pass by its domain
Mate : Friend, pal, acquaintance. Probably, the most widely used word in the Australian lingo. See also Cobber
Metho : Methyl ate (volatile) spirits
Me : My. Aussies for reasons unknown, almost always substitute the word my for the word me
Mickey Mouse : Someone or something of excellence
Middy : A medium (10 fluid ounce) size glass of beer. See also Schooner
Milk bar : A corner store or malt shop, where milk shakes, hamburgers and various food amenities can be purchased. Similar to a 7 eleven store
Milko : A milkman who delivers milk to your door
Minty : A popular and well known brand of candy mint
Missus : Wife, spouse, partner
Mob : A term to express a large number or group. e.g. A mob of cattle or, there was a large mob at the concert
Mongo Cactus : Completely destroyed, of no further use or value
Moolah : Money, cash, folding bank notes.
Moorish : Tasty, pleasant to the palate. e.g. "Boy, that's real Moorish"
Mortein : A well known brand of insect spray. Most Aussies carry a can to kill the Mozzies or flies, in preference to the Aussie Salute
Morton Bay Bug : A small delectable lobster, found in Moreton bay Queensland
Mozzie : A mosquito
Muck up (or) around : Act a goat, act a fool, play up. e.g. "Don’t muck up again!" 2. Cause a mess or a disorder 3. Mismanage, ruin or spoil
Mug : A foolish person
Mug Lair : A bothersome show off. A popular term applied to a young man in a Hottie (flashy car). See also Lair
Mulga : An unusual word used to describe or represent an unfamiliar place or area. e.g. "I don't know where it is, but I think it's somewhere in the mulga"
2. Bush or scrub in the outback
3. Gossip, rumour or scandal
Mullet : See Stunned Mullet
Mum : Mom
Muso : Musician
My oath : The exclamation, "Yes of course!" e.g. "Did you feed the chooks like I asked? My oath I did"
My Bloody Oath : An intensified and offensive version of "My oath" Spoken emphatically usually in an upset or angry mood or circumstance
My Pleasure : You're welcome. e.g. "Thanks for helping me, it's my pleasure!"
Nappy : Baby's diaper
Nark : To annoy or upset someone. e.g. "Listen hear sport, I don't want you to nark me anymore or I'm going to dong you"
2. A person with a bad disposition. e.g. "I've never liked him, he is a real nark"
Nasho : The Australian National Peacetime Service draft or National Guard
Natter : Idle talk, gossip, chitchat. e.g. "Mums over at the neighbours having a bit of a natter." Pronounced "Natta"
N-Aussie : A newly appointed Australian citizen
Ned Kelly : Australia's most notorious bushranger (outlaw) who after years of successfully eluding police was finally caught and hung
2. A modern day thief or any person unscrupulous in business
Never saw the sun shine brighter : I never felt better. In reply to the question, "How are you feeling? I never saw the sun shine brighter!"
Never Never : Far-off areas in the outback. See also Black Stump
New Australian : See "N-Aussie" above
Newsagent : A shop that sells newspapers, books, magazines, and stationary
N.S.W : An abbreviation for the state of New South Wales
Nick : Steal, lift, and snatch. e.g. "I hope you didn't nick that?"
2. Naked, bare, nude. e.g. "Don't stand there in the nick"
3. Condition, shape, order. e.g. "That old car is in good nick!"
4. See also In the nick
Nick Off : An impolite term to ask someone to leave
Nicky nu : Exposed or naked. See Nick #2
Niggly : Touchy, irritable, temperamental
Ninety to the dozen : An amusing expression directed to a person who constantly talks "on and on" and on and never realizes when to shut up
Nig Nong : See Drongo
Nipper : A small child. e.g. "Is he your little nipper madam?" 2. A junior lifeguard.
Nit : Lice. 2. A foolish individual
Nit Keeper : A person who watches out for the authorities during an illegal operation. See also Cockatoo #3
Nitwit : Silly person, stupid, clumsy type individual
Noah : One of many nicknames for a shark
No dramas : No problems. See No Worries
No flies on : A peculiar expression to denote an individual's mental alertness. Consider however, if there are flies on a person, obviously it shows a lack of movement. But if you see them doing the Aussie Salute then without question, you know that they are alert. e.g. "You think you're smart don't you? But, you'll never fool Johnny, there's no-flies-on him"
No Hoper : An unworthy or an unproductive person
No sweat : A statement of agreement. e.g. "No sweat mate, I take care of it right now for you"
No Worries : No trouble, no bother, it's alright
N.T. : Northern Territory, the most northern state of Australia
Not in the race : No chance whatsoever
Now's : Insight, intuition, intelligence. e.g. "She got all the difficult questions right, she's really in the now's"
Not the full quid : See Quid
Not worth a Zach : Worthless. See also Zach
Not wrong : Correct, right, precise. e.g. "You're not wrong about that mate"
Note : A bill, legal tender, money
Nudie : Nude, bare, naked. See also Nicky nu
Nuggetty : A person with a short and stocky build
Nula Nula : Somewhere in the outback. See also Whoop Whoop
2. A hunting club of the Australian Aborigine
Ocker : An unrefined, crude Australian
Offsider : A work mate, a close companion or partner. e.g. "It sounds good but I'd like you to talk it over with me offsider first"
Oil : Information from a reliable source. See also Dinkum oil
Old Country : England
Oldies : Parents
On the nose : Smells terrible, bad odour, something stinks
On the track : As below
On the Wallaby : Tramping about outback areas on foot
Open slather : No rules, regulations or government laws apply or will be enforced
Ostrich : See Emu
Outback : Just about all country area, bush or scrub is the referred to as outback
Outsider : A stranger
Outstation : An outlying sheep or cattle station
Out to it : Intoxicated, plastered, drunk
Overland : Across country
Over the fence : Absurd, impractical, unrealistic
Over the road : Across the street. e.g. "Where did the ball roll? It's over the road"
Oz : The entire country, Australia. See also Down Under
Pack : See Go to the pack
Packing it : Scared or frightened
Paddle-pop : A popsicle
Pad do : Paddington. A trendy (older) suburb of Sydney, New South Wales
Packer-poo-tickets : Disorder, confusion, incorrect
Passion Pit : A drive-in motion picture theatre
Pavlova : Favourite Aussie cake, covered with whipped cream, and made from a mixture of egg whites and sugar, then baked in a cool oven
Paw Paw : Papaya fruit
Peacock : See Pick the eyes out of a peacock
Peckish : A feeling of slight hunger but one could not eat a large meal
Perk : Regurgitate, throw up, vomit
Perve : To gaze upon or admire the opposite gender
Peter Peter : A variety of Australian cicada. See also Greengrocer
Petrol garage : Gas station
Pick the eyes out of a peacock : Take the best of anything
Piker : A person who spoils the fun of others. 2. A boring person or one who keeps to themselves
Piss Waker : Type of cicada that urinates on you when you pick it up
Piss weak : Devoid of all strength
Platypus : A small, fur bearing, aquatic mammal indigenous to Australia having a duck-like bill
Plonk : Inexpensive wine or spirits
Plonk down : To sit down quickly
Poddy Dodger : Cattle rustler
Pokies : Coin operated (poker) slot machine
Pools : Lotto, the game all Australians would like to win
Pom : An English person
Pommy : A migrant from England who has settled in Australia
Pong : A rotten smell, stench or bad odour
Porridge : Oatmeal. e.g. "Mum can you please make us some porridge for brekkie"
Poser : A show off. See also Mug Lair
Possie : Position or location
Post : Mail a letter
Postcode : Zip Code
Postie : Mailman
Pot : A 10oz beer mug used mainly in the State of Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. See also Middy
Potty : Silly, foolish, a little crazy
Power Point : An electrical outlet or receptacle
Pram : Baby stroller
Prang : A motor vehicle collision. e.g. "Did you see that four car prang?"
Prawn : Shrimp. Also see Come the raw prawn
Preggers : Pregnant
Pre-owned : Used. Something that has been previously owned by someone else
Premiership : Final sports match of the season to determine which football club will take out the honour for having the best players of the year. See also Grand Final
Pressies : Presents or gifts. Pronounced "Prezzies"
Pub : Licensed bar or hotel
Publican : Owner of a hotel
Pull your finger out : Rush, hurry up, speed up. e.g. "Pull your finger out mate, there's a lot of work to do hear"
Pull your head in : Be quiet or keep your opinions to yourself
Punt : Punt A calculated risk or gamble. e.g. "Go on Dave, take a punt and write a book on Australian slang"
2. A flat bottom river ferry used primarily for transporting automobiles
Put the fangs in : To put the bite on someone for cash, money or a loan
Put you through the cleaners : Taken to the cleaners, cleaned out financially, treated poorly
Put a sock in it : Shut up, be quite!
Putty : See Up the putty
Qantas : Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services
QLD : An abbreviation for the Northern State of Queensland
Queue : A column of people. See also Wait in a queue
Queue up : To line up in an orderly fashion
Quid : A one pound note, equivalent to twelve "shillings". See also Shilling
2. Reference to one's mental state, or lack thereof. e.g. "He is not the full quid, you know! Yes, I heard he's a bleeding lunatic!"
Rack off : A vigorous exclamation to leave or to get lost!
Rafferty rules : No rules, guidelines, regulations at all
Rage : To party. e.g. "Let's go out and rage tonight!
Rapt : Extremely excited, extraordinarily happy. e. g. "That's a beaut pressie you got. I know, and I'm really rapt!"
Ratbag : Moron, imbecile, one who shows disrespect or displays no feeling or compassion towards others
Raw prawn : See Come the raw prawn
Rave : Talk or speak for long periods of time. Especially about someone or something of personal interest
Razoo : An imaginary coin of little value. See also Brass Razoo
Red Centre : The dead heart of Australia. See also Ayers Rock
Real Nark : See Nark
Rego : Motor vehicle registration
Ricky's : See Scared the living Ricky's out of me
Ridgy Didge : The genuine article, absolutely real or true. These words and expressions are Ridgy didge Strine
Right-o : Ok, yes, alright
Ring : Call or phone. e.g. "I'm going to ring mum and see if she is home"
Ripper : An exuberant exclamation to denote great pleasure or satisfaction towards an individual, concept or object. Pronounced "Ripper"
Rissole : Mince meat and bread crumbs rolled into the shape of a ball
Robe : Coat or clothes closet
Rock hopper : A fisherman who prefers to fish from coastal rocks
Rock Melon : Cantaloupe
Roll your own : A wording used mainly by order men who roll together finely cut tobacco in paper for smoking
Roll Up : The amount of people in attendance. e.g. "I'm rapt just look at the roll up, we'll make money tonight"
Roo : An abbreviation for kangaroo
Roo Bar : See Bull Bar
Rooted : A crude, coarse or vulgar term to denote, absolute exhaustion
Ropeable : Infuriated, irate, exceptionally angry
Rort : A con, racket, trick
Rotten : Contemptible, horrible, lousy. 2. Smashed, plastered, drunk
Row : An argument, feud quarrel
Rough as guts : Crude, unrefined, ill-bred
Rough end of a pineapple : A bad experience, deal or transaction. e.g. "I heard about your partnership deal, and it sounds to me you got the rough end of a pineapple
Roughie : A person who uses strong arm tactics to get what they want
Rubbish : To verbally put a person down. 2. To brush aside someone
Rudy : A tainted joke. 2. An obscene word. 3. A naked person
Runners : See Sandshoes
Runs like a hairy goat : Someone or something that runs, operates or performs poorly. 2. A term applied to an out of tune motor transport vehicle
Run rings around : To beat, conquer or defeat a person either by physical force or intelligence. See no flies on
Salvo's : Salvation army
Sandshoes : Tennis shoes, sneakers, runners
Sang-a : A sandwich
Sausage roll : A cheap small round pastry roll filled with a sausage like meat
Serviette : A table napkin
Scared the living Ricky's out of me : A peculiar localism for scared the living daylights out of me
Schooner : A large glass of beer in the state of New South Wales
Scone : A small (baked) muffin made from fresh dough.
Scrub : Bush, and just about any bush outside of city limits. 2. Decline, reject, repel
Scrub up : Shape up, prepare yourself mentally. 2. Clean up, make like fresh or new
See-saw : Teeter totter. e.g. The common children's nursery rhyme: See-saw Marjory Daw, Johnny shall have a new master
Shag on a rock : Deserted, abandoned, rejected
Shagged : Completely fatigued, tied or weary
Shanghai : A young child's catapult, usually made from a small, forked branch of a tree and rubber strap cut from an old inner tube
Sheila : A general term for an Australian woman or girl
She'll be right : Everything is under control, do not concern yourself
She's apples : An emphatic "yes", statement of agreement, everything is okay. See also Sweet 2. Everything is ok, stop worrying. e.g. "She's apples mate, you won the race by a mile." See below: She's right mate
She's right mate : I'm ok. Everything is alright
Shemozzle : An uproar, commotion or free-for-all. 2. A cluttered mess or mishap. 3. A state of dilemma, perplexity or bewilderment
Shilling : A silver (outdated Australian currency ) coin with a value of twelve pennies. Roughly the size of a United States twenty five cent coin. See also Bob
Shirty : Irritated, aggravated, annoyed
Shivoo : A festivity, party, celebration
Shifting : Moving at remarkable speed. e.g. "Look at that bloke go, he is really shifting along"
Shoot through : An impolite term, to ask or direct someone to leave. e.g. "Shoot through, mate! I'm not interested, okay!" 2. To leave in a hurry
Shoot through like a Bondi tram : The original phrase to signify a person who is in a great rush or hurry. 2. To suddenly depart
Shonky : Dubious, crooked, suspect. 2. Inferior, second-rate, substandard quality
Shorty : A tall person. The Aussies strange sense of humour certainly comes to the fore in respect to other individuals handicaps
Shout : The act of treating another person to a drink. 2. A complimentary drink or succession of drinks. 3. An individual's (unselfish) obligation to pay
Shouting : Paying. "Who's shouting for the next round of drinks?"
Shut your face : An impolite request for someone to stop talking
Sickie : A paid day off work due to illness
Skerrick : A diminutive, inadequate or insufficient amount. e.g. "You might as well eat it all because there's only a skerrick of it left"
Skinny as a rake : Self explanatory. e.g. "If old William loses any more weight, he will look as skinny as a rake"
Skite : To exaggerate, boast or brag
Skiter : A person who exaggerates, boasts or brags
Skiting : Skiting is the act of "skite"
Sling off at : To jeer, mock or ridicule a person or a group of people. e.g. "Don't sling off at me or I'll dong you!
Sling shot : A young boys catapult. See also shanghai
Slops : Australian beer
Sloppy Joe : Sweatshirt or top
Smackers : Legal tender, cash, money. See also Moolah
Smash repairs : Motor vehicle body shop
Smoko : A short break, rest or recess. Usually work related. The original term was derived from taking a few minutes rest to smoke a cigarette
Smoodge : To cuddle, embrace or hug a member of the opposite sex
Smoodger : A person who flatters others with elegant words or speech
Snag : A sausage. See also Banger
Snaily : Aggressive, unfriendly, hostile. e.g. "Keep away from the neighbour's dog, he is real snaily!"
Sneak Peek : A short glance, a quick look. e.g. "Did you hear the teacher left the test results in the classroom? Yes, I even got a chance to take a sneak peek at them." Also used just as "peak. See also See also Squiz
Solicitor : Lawyer or Attorney
Sooky : Cry baby, whimper, complainer
Sort : Woman. 2. Strong approval of the opposite sex. "Boy, look at her she's a real sort! See also top sort
Sort someone out : To find out all about someone. 2. To engage in a confrontation or reprehend another individual
Southerly : A strong wind or gale from the south. Also called "Southerly buster " See also Buster
SP bookie : A daring capitalist (business person) who involves themselves in an unlawful enterprise relating to horse race events
Sparrow fart : The awakening of daybreak
Spanner : Wrench
Spewing : Regurgitating. 2. Inflamed with anger, enraged, infuriated
Spit the dummy : Stop acting like a fool. e.g. "Why don't you just spit the dummy and grow up, okay!"
Spin a yarn : An exaggerated story or tall tale
Sport : A disliked individual. Usually if a person is addressed with the word "sport" it denotes uneasiness, dislike or even hostility towards such one. However, if he is your mate, cobber or friend, then he is a "Good Sport"
Spot on : Just right, accurate, correct. e.g. "Do I like it? Yes, it's spot on!"
Sponger : A person who mooches or lives of others. 2. A person with a strong dislike for work. See also Bludger
Square off : To fix-up or rectify matters. 2. An admission, apology or justification
Squiz : An observation, peep or glance. Compare Sneak Peek
Squatter : A person who unlawfully takes over the living rights to another person's property. 2. Owner of a large property (ranch) in the outback
Stands out like dog's balls : Very obvious, you can't miss it
Stand over : An act of force, aggression or action. e.g. "Don't think you can use those stand over tactics with me"
Station : A large ranch or spread in the Australian outback
Sticky : A short glance or look. See also Sneak Peek
Sticky tape : Scotch tape
Stiff : Too bad (for you) or tough luck. 2. An informant, snitch or squealer. 3. Deficient, lacking, short of money. e.g. "I'm sorry mate, I can't loan you money, I'm a little stiff myself at present!"
Stinking : Overabundance, excess, surplus. In Australia if you are materially well off then you are "Stinking" rich!
Stinking hot : Extreme, unbearable temperature. Mainly spoken in relation to weather conditions, stinking weather it's stinking hot or extremely cold
Stone chips : Nicks in motor vehicles exterior paintwork
Stone the crows : Astonished, bewildered or surprised. 2. Displeasure, annoyance or irritation. 3. See Struth
Strewn: Scattered, spread, stretched
Struth : A shout of astonishment, mild shock or surprise
Strides : A man's pants or trousers. See also Daks
Strine : An abbreviated word for "Australia" also the term used to describe the unique Australian language
Stroke : In a sentence an Australian says "stroke" not slash
Stop laughing : Another intriguing term meaning, "Stop your criticizing or complaining"
Stone motherless broke : Utterly and positively broke
Stone Yarra : Completely mad or crazy
Stubby : A small bottle of beer
Stubbies : Short, shorts for men
Stunned mullet : A depiction to denote stupidity. e.g. "Don't just lie there like a stunned mullet, do something"
Surfer's : Surfers paradise, a fun and sun drenched city situated alongside a popular beach on a twenty mile stretch known as the Gold coast in the far north state of Queensland. Regarded as Australia's best Real Estate
Sultana : A large raisin
Sun : See Never saw the sun shine brighter
Sunbake : Suntan
Sunnies : Sunglasses
Suss : Someone or something suspect
Swag : Personal belongings swaddled together in a small bundle
Swaggie : A derelict person, drifter or hobo
Sweat : See No sweat
Sweat on it : To linger around in a uneasy mood. To await the outcome of a situation, event or happening
Sweet : Splendid, marvellous, superb. See also She's apples
Swimmers : Swim suit. See also Cossie or Togs
Sydneysider : A resident of the city of Sydney, New South Wales
Ta : Thankyou
Tata : Goodbye. See also Hooroo
Take away : Food to go
Tall poppy : An unusual term in respect to an ordinary Aussie who becomes successful in business and achieves financial wealth and independence
Tall poppy syndrome : An expression to denote resentment by the ordinary Aussie worker towards the success of a "Tall poppy"
Tanked : Intoxicated, drunk or plastered. See also Full as a boot
Tart : A woman who dresses provocatively
Tassie : The State of Tasmania. See also Apple Isle
Tea : Dinner or evening meal. e.g. "Why don't you come and have tea with us tonight?" See also Bring a plate
Telly : Television or telescope
The top end : The most northern point of Australia
Ticket : A speeding or parking fine
Tickle the tonsils : A witty expression to absorb or digest information or food
Tinnie : A can of beer. 2. A small aluminium boat
Tinned food : Canned food or meat
Tip : A rubbish dump
Toey : A state of nervousness
Togs : Swimwear
Too good for you, you mongrel : A light hearted expression amongst friends. Meaning, I'm more deserving of this (thing) than you! Made famous in a television show by the respected Australian actor, Paul Hogan
Tomato sauce : Ketchup
Tom bowler : The biggest marble in a child's collection
Tongs : Household instrument put to good use at a Barbie 2. The originally applied to sheep shearing shears
Too right : A convincing and strong exclamation for "most certainly"
Top of the brim to you : The best of the morning to you
Top Sort : An attractive female. See also Sort
Top stuff : Good quality merchandise. 2. In agreement with a situation or the thoughts of another person
Torch : Flashlight
Town Bike : A woman streetwalker
Trannie : Portable transistor radio
Trot : A cycle of personal successes or failures would be referred to as a good or bad trot
Tucker : All food generally speaking
Turn it up : Be quiet or be reasonable, also a request to cease conversation
Turps : Mineral turpentine. Highly inflammable 2. Liquor, alcohol, booze.
Twist-top : A bottle of beer with a screw top
Two bob lair : A worthless hoodlum. See also Lair
Two bob watch : Worthless merchandise. See also Useless as a two bob watch
Two pot screamer : A person who gets drunk on a small amount of liquor. See Pot
Two up : A unlawful game of chance involving a wooded paddle and the use of coins
Uluru : Also called by the name "Ayers Rock" it is a massive rock of sandstone located in central Australia, and the lower part of the Northern Territory
Up there Cazaly: A renown footballer from the southern state of Victoria. Famous for his remarkable ability to generate a high score even against a tough opposing team. 2. A shout of confidence, reassurance or support
Up country : Reference to the Australian outback
Up a gumtree : Being in a state of dilemma, difficulty or crisis
Up the putty : Valueless, useless, worthless
Up him : A strong exclamation to fight or retaliate
Up you : A vulgar brush-off relating to a conflict of views or opinion
Uni : An abbreviated word for university
Unreal : Fantastic or wonderful. e.g. "The job you got me is unreal!" 2. Unbelievable, incredible or inconceivable. e.g. "Did you hear the missus found the money. No, but that's unreal"
Useless as a two bob watch : Someone or something that is unquestionably worthless
Ute : A small utility truck or pick-up
Veggies : Vegetables
Vegemite : A popular Australian gelatine-like spread, black in colour and made from yeast extract and other nutritional ingredients. It's been said in jest that, vegemite is the only nutritious, wholesome spread that you can eat on crackers or toast, then go outside and pack your wheel-bearings with it. Only in jest!
Vegemite kids : True blue Aussie children
Wag : To skip school, play hooky
Wack-a : Stupid person. e.g. "You're a real wack-a mate, no one else would buy that old bomb car!"
Wait in a Queue : Stand in line. See also Queue
Wakeup : A word intimating a person is alert, perceptive or discerning. e.g. 'You'll never fool him, he's a wakeup to your tricks"
Walkabout : Original application with the Australian Aborigine, who would for no apparent reason leave his place of dwelling and go wandering long distances, often for hundreds of kilometres
2. To wander aimlessly about or travel long distances by foot
Wallaby : Small kangaroo
Wallaroo : A very large kangaroo. See also Big red
Waltzing Matilda : Traditional Australian folk song
Wank-a : A stupid or silly person
Waterbag : A canvass waterbag usually hung on the front end of a car predominately in the outback areas to keep the water cool enough to quench a person's thirst in hot weather. Also a safety survival factor in areas where long distance travel is required
Weekender : A small cottage or home in the country or by the sea. Used for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life
Whacko : A cry to express one's delight, elation or triumph
What's that got to do with the price of fish? : The information is irrelevant to the conversation
Wheelie : Spinning the tyres on one's car
Windies : West Indies cricket team
Within a bulls roar : Close by or to close for comfort (Compare "Within cooee")
Within cooee : Close at hand, not far away, a short distance
Whinge : Whine, complain, gripe
Whinger : A person who unrelentingly gripes all of the time
White wash : Agitated (foaming) sea or (beach) waves
Willy Willy : A strong circular moving gust of wind or whirlwind, primarily found in the outback
Wipe : To completely reject or terminate all contact with a person
Witchetty grub : A plump white coloured grub like creature (Worm) found in old logs or rotting tree stumps. Favoured by the Aborigine as a tasty entree
Whoop Whoop : A fictitious and obscure setting (place) somewhere in the outback
Woolloomooloo : A historic suburb of the city of Sydney. See also Harry cafe de wheels
Wombat : A nocturnal marsupial, resembling an American badger, which is indigenous to Australia
Wonky : Unstable, shaky, wobbly
Wowser : A party pooper. See also Piker
Yabber : Converse, chat, gab. e.g. "Where's uncle Andy? He's having a yabber with the boys." Pronounced "Yabba"
Yabby : Freshwater crayfish
Yahoo : A show-off. 2. A person who has all the attributes of a fool.
Yakka : Work. See also Hard Yakka
Yarn : An exaggerated story
Yeller Fellow : Half cast Aborigine
Yellow Stuff : That old elusive and precious metal know as "Gold"
Yobbo : A maniac, lunatic or idiot
You Beaut : An exclamation of approval. e.g. "You don't have to buy any beer mate, I have already bought a tinnie or two with me. You beaut mate!"
Translation, Statistics and Thesaurus
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