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Australian Slang - Aussie slang words and phrases

Australian Slang - Aussie slang words and phrases

October 01, 2023

Many Australian slang came from outside Australia, particularly in England and Ireland. Don't be surprised if many terms seem familiar. However, please don't assume that similar slang expressions have the same meaning to Australians as they might in other countries. An attempt to use some Australian slang will likely be viewed as an attempt to mock rather than a genuine attempt to speak the local dialect. Use the guide to interpret Steve Irwin's former TV shows. If you're really unsure, just use American English, as nearly every Australian speaks American English just as well as their dialect.

Trying to use British English also will get you there in most places, but most British terms not commonly used in Australia (such as lorry or crisps) will likely not be understood by most, unlike Americans.

A significant portion of Australian words, phrases and place names derive from one of the hundreds of Indigenous Australian languages spoken before the British colonial period, many of which are still spoken today. Some words and terms like "Wooloomooloo", "Oodnadatta", or "Kununurra", which visitors to the country may find challenging to pronounce, typically roll off the tongue of Australian English speakers.

 

Aussie slang word/phrase
Meaning
A Cold One
Beer
Arvo
Afternoon
Aussie Salute
Wave to scare the flies
Avo
Avocado
Bail
To cancel plans
Barbie
Barbecue
Bathers
Swimsuit
Beauty
Great!
Billabong
A pond in a dry riverbed
Billy
Teapot (in the outback on the fire)
Bloody
Very
Bloody oath
Yes! Or “That’s very true”
Bludger
Someone who’s lazy
Bogan
Someone who’s not very sophisticated
Booze Bus
Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers
Bottle-O
Liquor shop: a place to buy alcohol
Brekky
Breakfast
Brolly
Umbrella
Budgie Smugglers
Speedos
Bush
“Out in the bush” or away from civilisation
Choc A Bloc
Full
Biccy
Biscuit
Chook
Chicken
Chrissie
Christmas
Cobber
Very good friend
Coldie
Beer
Coppers
Policemen
Crikey
an expression of surprise
Crook
Being ill (I’m crook); a criminal (he’s a crook)
Dag
Someone who’s a bit of a nerd or geek
Daks
Trousers
Deadset
That’s true, or true!
Defo
Definitely
Devo
Devastated
Drongo
a Fool, ‘Don’t be a drongo mate’
Dunny
Toilet
Durry
Cigarette
Esky
An insulated container that keeps things cold
Facey
Facebook
Fair Dinkum
Honestly? Or, Yes honestly!
Flannie / Flanno
flannelette shirt
Flat out
Really busy
Footy
Football (AFL / Aussie Rules)
G’day
Hello
Galah
Not being bright, also a stupid person
Gnarly
Awesome
Going off
Busy, lots of people
Good On Ya
Good work
Goon
Wine in a box
Hard yakka
Hard work
Heaps
Loads, lots, many
Hoon
Hooligan or a very bad driver
Iffy
Bit risky or unreasonable
Knickers
Female underwear
Lappy
Laptop
Larrikin
Someone who’s always up for a laugh
Lollies
Sweets
Maccas
McDonalds
Manchester
Sheets / Linen etc
Mate
Friend
Mozzie
Mosquito
No Drama
No problem / it’s ok
No Worries
No problem / it’s ok
No Wucka’s
A truly Aussie way to say ‘no worries’
Outback
The interior of Australia. Even more remote than “the bush”
Pash
To kiss
Pissed Off
An offensive/vulgar way of saying you are very annoyed
Piss Up
A party, a get together and in Australia
Pissed
Intoxicated, Drunk
Piss Off
An offensive way to tell someone to go away or get lost.
Rack Off
The less offensive way to tell someone to go away or get lost.
Reckon
For sure
Rellie / Rello
Relatives
Ripper
‘You little ripper’ = That’s fantastic!
Rooted
Tired or Broken
Runners
Trainers, Sneakers
Sanger
Sandwich
Servo
Service Station / Garage
Sheila
A woman
Sick
Awesome; ‘that’s really sick mate’
Sickie
A sick day off work
Slab
A carton of beers
Snag
Sausage
Stoked
Happy, Pleased
Straya
Australia
Stubby
A bottle of beer
Stuffed
Tired
Sunnies
Sunglasses
Swag
Single bed you can roll up, a bit like a sleeping bag
Tea
Dinner
Tinny
Can of beer or small boat
Thongs
Flip Flops
True Blue
Genuinely Australian
Tucker
Food
Two Up
A gambling game played on Anzac day
U-IE
To take a U-Turn when driving
Up yourself
Stuck up
Woop Woop
Middle of nowhere “he lives out woop woop”
Ya
You
Yous
Plural of you
 

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