Australian or Aussie Slang

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Australian Slang Dictionary

  • English [official language] spoken by Australians, well our version of it - is often difficult for others to understand.

  • Considering the variety of accents, & our tendency to use slang words in many situations,
    the slang shown here on this page should help most visitors to Australia, & give you a few laughs along the way - as well (enjoy).

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Aussie a True Blue Australian

Ace! #1, Excellent! Top, Good! OK
Aggro Aggressive, ticked off, spoiling for a fight.
Aerial Ping-Pong Australian Rules Football
Akubra Type or brand of hat.
Alkie Alcoholic
Amber Nectar Beer - booze - drink - fire water.
Ambo Ambulance/Ambulance Officer.
Ammo Ammunition
Ankle-biter Infant, baby or nipper.
A.N.Z.A.C. Australian & New Zealand Army Corps.
Apples She'll be, or It'll be - alright "OK"
Arvo The Afternoon
Aussie An Australian - native of down under.
Aussie Salute Using your hand to brush away the flies
Av-a-go-yer-mug Encouragement, [meaning] put more effort into it.
B & S - Ball Bachelor's & Spinster's Ball [Night out]
Back of Bourke Outback - Country town in northern New South Wales
Bail Leave, depart, shot through, disappear, GO!
Banana-Benders Someone from Queensland (Queenslander)
Bangers Snags - sausages.
Barbie Barbecue or B.B.Q.
Barney Argument - fight - punch up.
Barra (Fish) Barramundi
Barrack Cheer loudly for your favourite team.
Bathers Swimsuit - trunks or cossies.
Bastard A term of endearment [You Bastard] an illigatimate son of a bitch
Battler Someone struggling financially, against the odds, always had hard luck.
Bean counter An accountant
Beanie Woollen cap or hat, often with a pom pom on top.
Beaut Beautiful - good - O.K. as in U-Beaut.
Berk An idiot or a fool.
Betcha As in ... I bet you! (wager)
Big bik-kies Lots of money or dough.
Big-Note Brag or boast about your self.
Big Smoke Big city or town
Bikey Motorbike or cycle rider.
Bik-kie Biscuit.
Billabong Waterhole or place to drink.
Billy Tin or container used to boil water for tea, in the bush when camping.
Billy A receptacle used for smoking marijuana.
Bingle Car accident - crash - smash.
Boob Tube A strapless, boneless, shapeless brassiere made of a stretch fabric.
Brothel A mess - untidy !
Bities Biting insects - fly's mozzies - spiders etc.
Bitser Mongrel - mixed breed - rough.
Black Stump Some where in the outback.
Bloke Man, guy or male.
Blotto Drunk - full - pissed or tanked.
Blow-in Newcomer - just arrived.
Blow in the bag Police breathalyser test
Blowie Blow fly - pest.
Bludger Lazy person - someone who gets out of work.
Blue Argument - fight or punch up.
Blue Make a mistake
Bluey A redhead !
Bluey Traffic ticket.
Bluey Blue-Bottle or jellyfish
Blue Heeler Australian Cattle Dog
Boofhead Idiot - stupid.
Boomerang Aboriginal weapon, curved piece of wood
Booze Bus Police vehicle used in Random Breath Testing
Bonza Great! U-Beaut - OK
Bottle Shop Liquor store.
Brek-kie 1st meal of the day - breakfast.
Brickie Bricklayer ... someone who works in the construction industry
Brizzie Brisbane - city in Queensland
Brownnose A creep or crawler
Brumby A wild horse
Buckley's NON - No chance, no hope at all.
Buck's night Stag party (boy's only) last fling.
Bull Bar Bar, fixed at the front of your vehicle to protect it against [impact] hitting kangaroos
Bundy Time clock or rum from Bundaberg, Queensland
Bunch of Fives Fist - punch.
Bunyip Mythical Australian creature
Bush Outside the city (out back) - rough country.
Burl Give it a go - try or attempt to do.
Bushed Tired - worn out.
Bushie A member of the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.
Bushman's Clock A kookaburra.
Bushranger Outlaw - robber - bandit or highway man.
Bush Telegraph Grape vine or by word-of-mouth.
Bush tucker Food gathered (from nature) in the Australian outback.
Bushwalking Hiking or walking in the bush for pleasure.
Bust a gut Work hard - all out effort
Buster A strong wind.
B.Y.O. Polite way of saying - Bring Your Own - drinks/food.
Cabbie Taxi driver
Cactus Finished - dead, not working or functioning properly.
Cakehole Gob or Mouth.
Cancer stick A cigarette
Captain Cook To have a 'Look' (noun)
Cheerio Goodbye
Chin Wag To have a natter - a chat or conversation.
Chippy A Carpenter
Chook Hen - bird - chicken - domestic fowl or even a female.
Chrissie Christmas season - Xmas!
Chuck To throw a short distance or Chuck up (be sick) vomit.
Chuck a spas Be angry - upset out of control.
Chuck a U-ie Make a U-turn, 180 degrees.
Chunder Be sick - vomit or throw up.
Clayton's Substitute, alternative, fake - the drink you have when your not drinking [Clayton's].
Coat Hanger Sydney Harbour Bridge
Cobber Mate - friend - off sider OR partner.
Cockie Cockroach or Cockatoo (Australian bird) small farmer.
Compo Worker's Compensation pay (form of accident insurance)
Coo-ee A call used to find (locate) someone lost in the bush.
Cooee A long way off - far away
Cossie Swimsuit - swimmers - trunks.
Couch Potato Someone who watches TV for long periods of time!
Crack a fat A boner - get an erection.
Crash Go to sleep - usually at someone else's place.
Crim Criminal - bad guy.
Croc Crocodile - nonsense, load of rubbish.
Crook To feel sick or to be a thief.
Crown Jewels Balls - nuts - the testicles.
Cuppa Cup of tea.
Cut Snake Mad as a [cut snake] pissed off: very angry - upset.
Dag Idiot or unfashionable person, [a nerd] someone that doesn't normally fit in.
Daks Men's and boy's trousers - pants.
Damper Bread made from flour and water - usually in the bush.
Date Bum - bottom, arse.
Date Roll Roll of toilet paper.
Dead-Cert Definite - certain - positive.
Dead Horse Tomato sauce.
Deadset The truth, true or a fact.
Dero Homeless or a street person, abandoned by society a derelict.
Dickhead Idiot, stupid, fool [See "Nong or Dill" same meaning
Didgeridoo Aboriginal (hollowed log) musical instrument.
Digger Australian Soldier (Vet) mate.
Dill Idiot - someone not to smart.
Dingo An Australian wild dog - a coward.
Dinkie-Di Genuine - honest - the real thing.
Dipstick An idiot or a real loser - twit!
Dob in Inform on someone - give up.
Dog Un attractive Female - a bitch.
Donger Male [sex organ] - penis.
Down Under Reference to Australia being @ the bottom of the world!
Duds Pants or trousers.
Dunny Referring to the old style outdoor un-sewered toilet or 'WC'
Ear-bashing Non-stop chatter - talking to - dressing down.
Esky Portable insulated cooler.
Fair Dinkum Good - honest - truthful.
Fair Go A chance - a break!
Fang - It Drive fast - put your foot down.
Fossick Rummage or search for!
Fossick To Prospect for [EG] Opal's or Gold
Footie Term for Australian Rules Football or Rugby League.
Fridge The refrigerator or ice box.
Fruit Loop Fool - Idiot - Goose
Full as a Boot Drunk - topped off - loaded - pissed - intoxicated.
G'day Greeting - same as a hello.
Galah Noisy - rude person. (Australian bird)
Garbo Garbageman, refuse collector, bin-man - rubbish collector.
Good-on-yer-mate Good for you - well done - congratulations.
Good Nick Good condition - OK - well preserved.
Good Oil The right or useful information, the truth.
Good On-ya Well done, good for you.
Goggie Egg Meaning an egg from a chook - or hen [fowl].
Greenie An - environmentalist.
Grog Alcohol - beer - piss - drink.
Grot To be dirty and or untidy.
Gurgler Plughole - down the drain and into the sewer.
Grundies Underwear - undies - boxer shorts.
Gutful of Piss Drunk, pissed, a snoot full.
Gyno Gynaecologist
Hair of the Dog Alcoholic drink taken to relieve a hangover.
Half Your Luck Congratulations - envy - a best wishes blessing.
Hard Yakka Hard work - tough.
Heaps Plenty - a lot - piles - ton's.
Heart-starter First (alcoholic) drink of the day.
Heave To vomit - be sick - throw up.
Hoon Hooligan - a lay about - a larrycan
Hoo-roo Leaving - Goodbye - see you later.
Hotel Pub - with or without food or accommodation (the local).
Icy Pole Ice block or popsicle
Idiot box Tel-e [Television] TV - the boob tube.
BOOB TUBE also slang for a strapless, boneless & shapeless brassiere.
In the Shit Serious trouble
Jackaroo A Male station hand (a station - being a farm or grazing property)
Jumbuck : sheep
Jillaroo A Female station hand [ranch]
Joey Baby Kangaroo.
Journo Journalist = Newspaper Man or Women.
Kark it Die - pass on.
Kelpie Australian Sheep Dog
Kero kerosene
Kindie Kindergarten - day care - place that minds kids [children].
Kiwi A - New Zealander
Knock To criticise or put down
Knocker Somebody who criticises
Knuckle Sandwich Punch in the mouth
Lair Brash and vulgar behaviour flashily dresser.
Larrikin Someone who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster.
Lippie Lipstick - lip colouring cosmetic.
Liquid Laugh Being Sick - vomit
Lolly Money
Lolly Water A non alcoholic drink, soft drink.
Lollies Sweets - candy - confectionary.
London to a Brick Absolute certainty ... can't loose
Long Paddock The side of the road [public land] where live stock can graze during droughts.
Lubra Adult - Female Aboriginal.
Lucky Country Nickname for Australia.
Lurk Illegal practice - a dodge - racket or scam.
Macca McDonald's ... fast food chips - burgers & a shake
Mate Friend - partner - offsider - buddy - someone close to you.
Mate's Rates Discount, cheaper than usual for a "friend"
Manchester Household linen such as sheets & pillow cases
Matilda Swagman's bedding or sleeping bag/roll
Metho Methylated spirits
Middy Glass of beer - 285 ml or 10oz. [NSW]
Milk Bar Usually the local/corner shop selling take away & other convenience food.
Milko Milkman [person] who delivers to your home.
Mob A group of people [family] or cattle [herd].
Mongrel A despicable person.
Moolah Cash money.
Mozzie Mosquito - insect.
Muddy Mud crabs.
Mug Gullible person or used as an - insult.
Muster Round up [usually for branding/shipping] sheep or cattle.
Nasho National Service (compulsory military service)
Never Never The Outback, Australia's bush 
Nipper Young baby or surf life saver.
No Worries Easy - No problems
No-Hoper Someone - who'll never do well, or get on in life.
Noodling Prospecting for opal's
Not the Full Quid Not intellectually bright - a few cards short of a full deck.
No Worries It's OK - everything's fine - jake.
Nong Idiot - stupid - not so bright.
O.S. Over Sea's
Ocker Unsophisticated person
Off Sider helper or assistant - mate.
Old Cheese Mother or Mum.
Olds or Oldies Parents - Mum and Dad.
Open Slather Anything goes - a free-for-all.
On the Nose Smells awful - on the bugle - stinks.
Outback Remote country - bush location.
Oz - Ozzies Nick name for Australia and Australians
Pash Passionate kiss
Pav Australian Dessert - rich & creamy
Perve Lustful gaze - looking at the opposite sex - voyeur.
Piece of Piss Easy, no worries
Pig's arse! Bull Shit - No Way - I don't agree.
Pint Large glass of beer - South Australia.
Piss Beer [a drink] but see what happes next [piss]
Piss Have a leak - urinate - relieve one's self, empty the bladder.
Plonk Cheap wine or any liquor.
Pokies Poker machines - [gambling] slots or one armed bandits.
Polly Politician's - a member of parliament.
Pom Englishman or a pommy bastard.
Pommy Shower Deodorant instead of soap & water.
Poofter Male homosexual.
Port Suitcase
Postie Mailman or Person who sorts and delivers the mail.
Pot Queensland & Victoria = 285 ml Beer Glass.
Pozzie Position - seat - spot.
Prawn Australian for - a shrimp.
Prezzy A gift or present.
Pub Short for Public House, or a hotel.
Quid Slang for Pound Note [ 1 ] Before Australia converted to decimal currency.
Quid - make a: Earning a living
Quid - not the full: Low IQ.
R.S.L Club Returned Services League-Social Club.
Rack Off Get lost - push off - go away.
Rag Local newspaper or a woman who sleeps around.
Rage Organised Party.
Ratbag Rogue - rascal.
Rat-shit Sick - crook - bad - not so hot - off colour - sick as a dog.
Raw Prawn To bull shit.
Reffo Refugee - not a local
Rego Vehicle [car/truck/caravan/trailer] registration
Rellies Relatives - family - relations.
Ridgy-didge Genuine - honest - original - straight.
Ripper A reaction to good news ["U" beaut]
Road Train Semi - with with many trailers.
Rock Up To arrive or just turn up.
Rollie Cigarette's that you roll [make] yourself.
Roo Kangaroo - large Australian marsupial - big legs and tail.  [SKIPPY]
Root Synonym for F*CK. A word not normally used in [mixed] company.
Rort A fiddle. Cheating or defrauding the system.
RouseAbout Someone who works in a shearing shed.
Rubbish (verb) To criticize, run down - belittle or make fun of.
Salvo Salvation Army Worker.
Sanger A sandwich.
Sav Saveloy
Schooner Queensland - large beer glass,  South Australia a medium beer glass.
Scratchy Instant lottery ticket
Scrub Up What you look like when your dress up - ready to go out.
Scrubbers Cattle running in the wild - or rough females.
Seppo An American
Septics Tanks Yanks - people from the USA
Servo Petrol station
Sheila A woman
Shonky Underhanded & dubious
Shoot Through Leave - get out - disappear. [Piss off]
Shout Your turn to buy or purchase a round of drinks.
Sickie Day off work with pay because of real/pretended illness.
Silly Buggers People that waste time - mess around - generally fools.
Skippy An Australian or kangaroo.
Skite To brag or boast, about yourself.
Skull/Skol to drink a beer without taking a breath
Slab 24 bottles or cans of beer [a carton]
Sleepout Verandah on the house - converted to a bedroom.
Slushy Drovers camp ... cook's assistant.
Smoko Work break - cup of tea / coffee or time for a cigarette.
Snag Sausage - meat minced and packed into a skin. [BBQ]
Sook Crybaby - winger, soft, tame, inoffensive.
Spewing Being sick - upset or really mad.
Spit the Dummy Get uncontrollably [very] upset at someone or something.
Sprung caught doing something ...
Spunky Good-looking - hot - sexy or spirited.
Squiz Have a look - check it out.
Station Not where the trains stop - but a big farm or grazing property
Sticky-Beak Nosey person, someone who minds other peoples business.
Stoked Happy - very pleased.
Strides Trousers or pants
Strine Australian English.
Struth An exclamation - expressing surprise or verification.
Storm-Stick Umbrella - brolly.
Stubbies Men's shorts or a 375ml. bottle of beer.
Sunbake Sun bathe - getting a tan
Sucked-in Made a fool of - duped - conned - taken advantage of.
Sunnies Sun glasses - shades.
Swagman Tramp, hobo - bum.
T.A.B. Totalisator Agency Board - betting shop.
Ta / Tar Thanks.
Tall Poppies Successful people.
Tart An offensive or derogatory word describing a woman.
Tee-Up Organise something or make an appointment.
Thongs Rubber sandals - flip-flops (suitable for beach footwear).
Tinnie Can of beer or lucky.
Toey On the move or restless.
Togs Swim suit.
Top End Far North of Australia
Trackie Dacks or track suit pants.
Truckie Truck driver
True blue Genuinely Australian - original, one of a kind, patriotic.
Tub Clean up - bath - wash or shower.
Tucker Food - eats - grub - nourishment.
Turps Turpentine, alcoholic drink or used for cleaning paint brushes.
Two-up Gambling: throwing two coins in the air simultaneously (Heads or Tails)
U-ee Usually an illegal 'U' turn.
Undies Underwear - clothing worn next to the skin.
Uni University
Unit Block of flats - condominium - apartment.
Up a Gum Tree Stranded or in difficulty.
Up Your-self Inflated ego - big head - full of your own importance.
Ute Utility vehicle with tray, commonly know as a pick-up truck.
VB Victoria Bitter, a beer.
Vedgie Vegetables
Vee Dub Volkswagen
Veg Out Relax in front of the TV
Vinnie's St. Vincent De Paul's Society (charity - thrift stores & hostels)
WACA Western Australian Cricket Association
Waggin School Playing truant - hookie.
Walkabout Walk in the Outback by Aborigines [lasting for an indefinite amount of time]
Walloper One who thrashes someone or just punches the shit out of them.
Wally A person that keeps making mistakes.
Wanker One who masturbates or is full of themself, egotistical.
Westie Someone from Sydney's Western Suburbs
Wharfie Dock-or water front worker - cargo mover.
What-da-ya-know A phrase used to open a conversation.
Whinge Complain - belly ache.
Willy Willy A miniature whirl wind
Wineo Alcoholic - drunk.
Wog Flu or trivial illness - a bug [viral infection.
Wog A person of a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean origin a foreigner.
Wombat Somebody that eats, roots & leaves (see also root) a simple minded person.
Wowser A straight-laced person or prude - a spoilsport.
Wuss A coward; nervous person or animal.
XXXX Four X Queensland brand of beer.
Yabber Chat - talk - conversation.
Yabbie Small Australian Fresh Water Crayfish.
Yakka Work
Yarn A story.
Yobbo A - loutish or surly youth.
Yonks A real long period of time.
Your Shout It's your turn to buy [usually] a beer.
Zack Pre decimal currency - sixpence (5 cents)
Zonked Exhausted - worn out - buggered.

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