Dictionary of Australian Slang

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Acca- Academic (university-type!)
Aggro- Aggressive
Agro- Australian icon, children's TV puppet, made from a bathmat!
Alco/Alkie- Alcoholic
Akubra- Brand of hat
Amber Nectar/Amber Fluid- Beer
Ambo- Ambulance or Ambulance Officer
Ammo- Ammunition
Ankle-biter- Infant
ANZAC- Australian & New Zealand Army Corps
Arvo- Afternoon
Auntie- The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC (Channel 2)
Aussie salute- Using hand to wave away annoying flies


B & S Ball- Ball held for Bachelors and Spinsters, singles crowd, often held in the bush or remote
       location and often involving copious amounts of alcohol and sometimes mud!
Back blocks- Outer suburbs, beyond the city
Back of Bourke- Beyond remote outback town in northern New South Wales; used to describe
       anywhere far away
Baggy green- Term for the Australian Test Cricket Cap
Bail- Depart or leave
Bail Up- To rob or hold up; bail someone up in the street for a chat
Bananabender- Person from Queensland State (Queenslander)
Barbed wire- Term for XXXX beer
Barbie- Barbecue, the backyard barbie, an Australian institution!
Bargain- Exclamation showing approval
Barney- Argument,fight
Barrack- Cheer loudly for your favourite footy team
Barra- Barramundi fish
Barro- Embarrassing
Bathers- Swimsuit
Battler- Someone who struggles to get by, financially, against the odds
Bean counter- An accountant Beanie- Woollen hat
Beaut- Beautiful, good - "You beaut!" (also 'Bewdy')
Bender- Heavy drinking session
Berk- Idiot, fool
Berko- Go berserk, mad, crazy
Betcha- I bet you!
Biffo- A fight
Big bikkies- Lots of money
Big smoke- The city
Big sticks- Australian Rules football goal posts
Bignote- A bighead
Bikie- Motorbike rider
Bikkie- Biscuit
Billabong- Waterhole
Billy- Tin used to boil water for tea, in the bush
Bingle- Car accident
Bit of a brothel- A mess!
Bities- Biting insects
Bitser- Mongrel;'Bitser this, bitser that!'
Bizzo- Business
Black Stump- Non-specific place in the outback
Blob- No runs in cricket- 'out for a blob'
Bloke- Man,guy
Blokey- Male domain, male-orientated
Blotto- Drunk
Blow-in- Newcomer
Blowie- Blowfly
Bludger- Lazy person
Blue- Argument, fight
Blue Heeler- Term for an Australian Cattle Dog
Blue swimmer- $10 note, blue in colour
Bluey- A redhead! Or a swag
Blundstones- Elastic-sided work boots - 'Blunnies'
Boardies- Board shorts (for surfing)
Boatie- Person into sailing
Bonza- Great!
Boofhead- Idiot
Boomerang- Scheme which backfires on you; originating from the Aboriginal weapon made
       from a curved piece of wood which returns when thrown in the air
Booze- Alcohol, normally beer!
Booze bus- Police vehicle used in Random Breath-Testing exercises
Booze cruise- Boat trip along the river either stopping at various pubs or offering plenty of
alcohol to onboard passengers
Bottleshop- Liquor store, off-licence
Bottleo- Bottleshop
Bozo- Idiot
Brekkie- Breakfast
Brissie- Brisbane, Capital of Queensland (Also Brizzie)
Britney Spears- Rhyming slang for beers - "Couple of Britneys, mate"
Brownnose- A creep or crawler
Brumby- A wild horse
Buckley's- No chance!
Buck's night- Stag party
Bum- Buttocks
Bunch of Fives- Fist
Bundy- Dark rum from Bundaberg, Queensland, sugar cane region
Bunyip- Mythical Australian creature with a piercing cry
Burl- Attempt, try
Bush- Outside the city
Bushed- Tired
Bushie- Member of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
Bushman's brekkie- To have no breakfast!
Bushranger- Highwayman (eg. Ned Kelly)
Bush Telegraph- 'Grapevine', word-of-mouth
Bush tucker- Food gathered from nature, in the outback
Bushwalking- Hiking in the bush
Bust a gut- Work hard


Cab Sav- Cabernet Sauvignon wine
Cabbie- Taxi driver
Cack- A cackle, have a laugh, or someone with a sense of humour!
Cadbury- A cheap drunk (As in the Chocolate ad: " A glass and a half" )
Camo- Camouflage clothing
Cancer stick- A cigarette
Cas- Hospital Casualty ward
Cask- Boxed wine in a bladder
Castle- Cricket stumps
Cheerio- Cocktail sausage, also means 'goodbye'!
Cherry Ripe- Chocolate-coated cherry bar
Chippy- A Carpenter
Choof off- Leave, depart
Chook- Chicken, term of affection, 'Chooky'
Chrissie- Christmas
Chuck- To throw, or be sick
Chuck a spaz- Be angry (Also 'chuck a mental')
Chuck a U-ie- Make a U-turn
Chunder- Be sick, vomit
Coathanger- Nickname for Sydney Harbour Bridge
Cobber- Mate, friend
Cockie- Cockroach or Cockatoo
Coldie- An ice-cold beer
Compo- Worker's Compensation pay
Convo- Conversation
Cooee- A call used to find someone lost in the bush
Cool Bananas- Everything's great, fine!
Cop out- Give up or in
Cossie- Swimsuit
Couch Potato- Person who watches TV for long periods of time!
Country mile- A great distance
Cow juice- Milk
Crash- Go to sleep, often at someone else's house!
Crash hot- Wonderful, the best
Crim- Criminal
Croc- Crocodile
Crock- Nonsense, rubbish
Crook- Ill, sick (or thief)
Croweater- Person from South Australia
Crumblies- Elderly parents
Cuppa- Cup of tea
Cushie- To have it easy
Cut lunch- Sandwiches


Dag- Idiot, or unfashionable person, wearing 'daggy' clothes / hairstyle
       (from sheep poo stuck to it's wool = dags)
Daks- Men's trousers
Damper- Bread made from flour and water on a campfire in the bush
Date roll- Toilet paper
Dead horse- Sauce
Deadbeat- Tired
Deadcert- Definite, certain
Deadhead- Good-for-nothing person
Deadset- Truthful
Dekko- Take a look
Dero- Homeless person, derilict, hobo
Didgeridoo- Aboriginal musical instrument made from a hollowed log
Digger- Australian soldier (usually WW1 vets)
Dill- Idiot
Dinkie-Di- Genuine, honest
Dipstick- Stupid person
Dob in- Inform on someone (Dobber = Informant)
Doco- Documentary
Docs- Doctor Marten boots, popular in Australia especially amongst young people
Doona- Duvet, quilt
Doozey- Something nice or pleasing
Down Under- Referring to Australia or the South Pacific region
Drink-link- Cash machine(ATM)- a source of cash for buying beers
Drizabone- Brand of waterproof wax coat
Drongo- Idiot
Duck- No runs in cricket
Duck's dinner- Drink of water, with nothing to eat
Duds- Trousers
Dunny- Toilet, referring to the old outdoor unplumbed variety


Earbash- Non-stop chatter
Ekka- Exhibition
Esky- Insulated cooler box
Exsie- Expensive


Face Fungus- Moustache or beard
Fair dinkum- Good, honest, truthful
Fair go- Reasonable chance
Fairy bread- Children's party food favourite - bread and butter with 100's & 1000's on top
Fam- Family
Fang- Snack, lunch
Fang Carpenter- Dentist
Fang it- Drive fast (inspired by Fangio)
Farnarkel- Mess around, talk rubbish
Feed- Meal
Fess up- Confess, own up
Fireie- Fire fighter
Five-finger discount- Act of shoplifting
Flannie- Flannelette shirt
Fleabag- Term for the family dog (non-pedigree)
Floater- Meat pie served with mushy pea soup
Folkie- Person into Folk music scene
Foodie- Person interested in fine foods
Footie- Regional term for either Australian Rules Football, or Rugby League or Union!
Fossil- Geriatric, old person
Franger- Condom
Freddo Frog - Small frog-shaped chocolate bar for children
Freebie- Something that costs nothing
Freshie- Freshwater crocodile
Fruit loop- Idiot
Full-on- Expression of approval or surprise; intense
Furniture- Cricket stumps
Furphy- Rumour or lie


G'day- Greeting, hello! (good day to you!)
Gabba- Queensland Cricket Ground at Woolloongabba
Galah- Noisy, rude person, like the squawking bird
Garbo- Garbageman, refuse collector, bin-man
Germ- An obnoxious person
Gerrie- Geriatric, old person
God botherer- Religious fanatic (of the door-to-door variety!)
Goodonyermate!- Good for you, well done!
Good call- Well done!
Good nick- Good condition
Goog- Egg
Goonie- Cheap cask wine
Gowings- Sydney Men's Department store
Green & gold- Australian sport national team colours
Green can- Term for VB beer
Greenie- Environmentalist
Grog- Alcohol
Grog shop- Licensed outlet selling alcohol
Grommet- Young surfer
Grotty- Run-down, dirty
Grouse- Very good, cool!
Grumblebum- Complainer
Guernsey- Win approval (to get a guernsey)
Gumby- Idiot
Gumsucker- Person from Victoria State
Gurgler- Plughole
Gusunda- Potty, "Goes under" the bed
Gutser- To "come a gutser" ie. to fail through poor judgement
Gyno- Gynaecologist


Half your luck!- Congratulations!
Hard yards- Hard work, training
Heart-starter- First alcoholic drink of the day, somtimes first cigarette
Heave- To vomit
Holy-dooly- Expression of suprise (also Hooley Dooley)
Hoo-roo- Goodbye
Hoon- Loudmouth, to drive recklessly!
Horses hoof- Poof/Homosexual
Hostie- Air hostess, flight attendant
Hotel- Pub, with or without accommodation
Humpy- Temporary home in the bush


Icypole- Frozen lolly
Idiot box- Television
Illywhacker- A con merchant
Irrits- To be annoyed


Jackaroo- Cattle or Sheep Station-hand
Jaffa- Orange-flavoured chocolate ball, with hard orange coating,
       Traditionally rolled down the cinema aisle!
Jaffle iron- Camping tool, used to make a toasted sandwich
Jillaroo- Female Cattle or Sheep Station-hand
Jocks- Mens underpants
Joe Blow- Mr. Average
Joey- Baby Kangaroo
Jolly green giant- $100 note, green in colour
Journo- Journalist
Jumbuck- Young sheep
Just joshin'- Just kidding


Kark it- Die
Kindy- Kindergarten
Kiwi- A New Zealander
Knock- Criticise
Knuckle sandwich- A punch, bunch of fives


Lamington- Small square of sponge cake covered in chocolate icing, and dessicated coconut
Larrikin- Playful person
Lay-by- Store system of paying for goods in instalments
Lingo- Language
Lippie- Lipstick
Liquid laugh- Vomit
Liquid lunch- Drinking beer at lunchtime
Lobster- $20 note, red in colour
Lolly- Sweets, candy
Longneck- Tall bottle of beer, 750ml or 26oz
Lucky Country- Nickname for Australia
Lurk- Illegal practice, dodge, racket
Lush- An attractive person


Maccas- A well-known fast-food chain
Mag- To 'have a mag', have a chat
Maggot bag- Meat Pie
Mainlander- Person from Australian mainland to a Tasmanian
Manchester- Linen
Mate- Friend, used instead of someone's name!
Mates rates- Discount rates given to friends
Meat Pie- Rhyming slang for a try in Rugby
Metho- Methylated Spirits
Middy- Glass of beer, 285ml or 10oz, in NSW/ACT & WA
Milko- Person who delivers milk
Mollydooker- Left-hander
Moon tan- Pale-skinned person
Mozzie- Mosquito
Muck-up day- Last day of High School, a day of pranks and mischief!
Mullet- Idiot
Muso- Musician
Mystery bag- Meat pie


Narky- Upset, moody
Neato- Excellent
Never Never- Remote outback place or term for hire purchase agreement
No worries!- It's OK, everything's fine!
Nong- Idiot
Norks- Breasts
Nude nut- Bald head, or very short haircut
Nut ducker- Person who pretends not to see you in the street!


O.S.- Overseas
Ocker- A Yob, common person
Old Cheese- Mother
Old Girl- Mother
Old Lady- Wife
Old Man- Father
Olds/Oldies- Parents
On the nose- Smelly
Onya- Good for you!
Osteo- Osteopath
Outback- Remote bush location
Oz- Nickname for Australia


Pash- Kiss, 'Pash-on'
Patsy- Scapegoat
Pav- Pavlova-Australian desert; a meringue base with fruit and cream topping
Pavement pizza- Vomit
Perve- Lustful gaze
Petrolhead- Car enthusiast
Piccy- Picture
Piker- Bore, party pooper: 'Pike out'-To leave the party early!
Pineapple- $50 note, yellow in colour
Pinnie- Pinball machine
Play sillybuggers- Waste time, mess around
Plonk- Cheap wine
Plonko- Wine addict
Pokies- Poker machines, slot or fruit machines
Pollie- Politician
Pommie- Term used to describe an English person
Port- Suitcase
Postie- Person who delivers mail
Pot- Glass of beer, 285ml or 10oz, in QLD & VIC
Pozzie- Position, seat
Preggers- To be pregnant
Prezzie- A present, gift
Pullie- Pullover, sweater, jumper
Pushie- Pushbike, bicycle
Pyro- Pyromaniac


Queensland Nut- Macadamia nut
Quids in- To be 'in the money', usually a sign of success or a win


R.S.L.- Returned Services League-Social club, good place to play pool or have a counter lunch
Rabbit- An idiot
Rabbit's ears- Indoor television aerial
Racehorse- Thinly-rolled cigarette
Rack off- Go away, get lost!
Rafferty's Rules- Having no rules
Rage- To party on
Railway tracks- Braces on teeth
Rammies- Trousers
Rapt- Pleased
Rattler- A train
Redback- $20 note, red in colour
Rego- Registration
Rellies- Relatives
Retread- Person who returns to work after retiring
Ridgy-didge- Genuine, honest
Ring-in- An outsider, non-local or regular at a club or pub
Rip-snorter- An excellent thing
Ripper- Great!
Rissole- Nickname for an RSL Club
Road-train- Long semi-trailer used to transport livestock over great distances
Roids- Steroids
Rollie- Hand-rolled cigarette
Roo- Kangaroo
Root- To have intercourse
Rottie- Rottweiler dog
Rubber-necker- Tourist or nosey person
Rugged up- Dressed in warm clothes
Rugrat- Crawling baby


Salad Dodger- Overweight person
Saltie- Saltwater Crocodile
Salvo- Salvation Army worker
Sandgroper- Person from West Australia State
Sanger- Sandwich
Sarky- Sarcastic
Schoolies' Week- End-of-school parties, especially held at the Gold Coast; usually = fun/trouble!
Schooner- Glass of beer, 425ml in NSW/ACT,NT & WA
Scratchie- Instant lottery ticket
Semi- Semi-trailer
Seppo- American (Septic tank = yank)
Servo- Service, gas station
Sheila- General slang term for an Aussie female
Shoot through- Leave (especially husband walking out on wife)
Shout- Round of beer/drinks
Shrapnel- Small change, coins
Shufti- Have a look
Sickie- Paid day off work, usually not due to illness; "I'm gonna chucka sickie tomorra"
Singlet- Sleeveless t-shirt or vest
Slab- Tray of beer, usually 24 cans
Sleep-out- Rear porch of house converted to extra bedroom
Smoko- Workbreak, to have a cigarette, or cup of tea/coffee
Snag- Sausage
Snakey- Irritable
Sook- Crybaby
Spag Bog/Bol- Spaghetti Bolognaise
Sparrow's fart- Dawn
Special- Discounted item in a store
Speedos- Men's swimming pants
Spewing- Very upset, really mad! (also vomit)
Spit the dummy- Uncontrollably upset
Spunky- Good-looking,'hot'!
Sprogs- Offspring, children
Squiz- Have a look at
Station- Large outback farm
Stickybeak- Nosey person
Stinger- Box jellyfish
Stormstick- Umbrella
Straight-up- Truthful, honest
Strife- Trouble
Struth- Exclaimation "Struth mate!" from God's truth
Stubbies- Men's shorts or bottles of beer
Stubby Holder- Insulated holder to keep beer cool
Stuffed- Worn out, tired
Sucked in- Duped, conned
Sunnies- Sunglasses
Swan a trip- All-expenses paid trip, common amongst politicans!


T.A.B.- Totalisator Agency Board - betting shop
Tall poppy- Successful person in a particular field
Tanti- Tantrum
Tassie- Tasmania
Techie- Technician
Technicolour Yawn- To vomit
The Alice- Alice Springs
The Gong- Wollongong
Thingie- To be sensitive or in an odd mood
Thingo- The word you substitute the name of something or someone you've forgotten!
Thongs- Rubber sandals, flip-flops
Thunderbox- Toilet
TimTam- Chocolate sandwich biscuit, coated in chocolate. YUM!
Tinnie- Can of beer, or aluminium boat
Tinnie fish- Beer drunk (caught!) on a fishing trip
Toey- Nervous
Togs- Swimsuit
Tomato- Cricket ball
Top-ender- Person who lives at the top end of the Northern Territory
Trackie-daks- Tracksuit trousers
Treadly- Bicycle
Troppo- Slighty mad, from being in the sun too long
Truckie- Truck driver
True blue- Genuinely Australian
Tub- Bath, but also refers to shower
Tucker- Food
Tucker chute- Mouth
Twisties- Cheese-flavoured twist-shape crisps
Two-up- Gambling game involving throwing two coins in the air from a holder


U-ie- U-turn
Uggies- Ugg boots-sheepskin boots or slippers (UGly! 'daggy'!)(surf boots in Westcoast USA)
Undies- Underwear
Unit- Flat, condominium
Unreal!- Excellent!
Up yourself- Inflated ego
Ute- Utility van with tray top, used by tradesmen (pick-up truck)


Vegemite - Yeast spread; An acquired taste, useful hangover cure!
Veg out- Relax, lie like vegetables (usually in front of the TV!)
Vegies- Vegetables
Vego- Vegetarian
Vinnie's- St. Vincent de Paul charity shop
Violet Crumble - Chocolate-coated honeycomb bar


Walkabout- Disappeared, gone on long walk
Westie- Person from Western suburbs of Sydney
Wharfie- Dock-worker
Whinge- Complain (Usually of 'whingin' Poms'!)
Whole kit and kaboodle- Got it all, everything's included
Windbag- Chatterbox or moaner
Windies- West Indian Cricket Team
Wing nut- Person with prominent ears
Wino- Alcoholic (usually found drinking cheap cask wine)
Within cooee- Close by, in hearing distance
Wog- An illness, such as the flu
Woop Woop- Back of beyond, middle of nowhere
Wowser- Killjoy, party pooper
Wrinklie- Old person


XXXX- Pronounced "Four-ex" not "ex-ex-ex-ex!" Famous Qld beer


Yabber- Chat
Yabbie- Crayfish
Yack- Vomit
Yahoo- Noisy, unruly person
Yakka- Hard work
Yarn- Have a chat, to tell a story
Yobbo- Loudmouth, uncouth person
Yodel- Vomit
You beaut- Wonderful!
Yucko- Something unpleasant
Yummo- Something pleasant


Zeds- Sleep; 'stack some Zzzz's'
Ziff- Beard
Zonked- Exhausted

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