The Great Aussie Slang Dictionary

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Alternate aussie words are unbolded red.


Arvo: Afternoon.

Air Biscuit: Fart.

Avos: Avocados.

Avago You Mug: Shout of encouragement to a sportsman not performing to his best 

Banana bender: A Queenslander.

Barbie: Barbecue, as in "I'll throw some shrimp and chook on the barbie."

Bash: Party. As in: birthday bash

Balls: Testicles, knackers, goolies, cods, jewels, the boys, pebs, clangers, nads.

Bevvy: Beverage, beer.

Bonzer: Pronounced "bonsa" - grouse, great, excellent.

Bloke: Man, guy.

Bloody hell: An expression of disbelief – eg: “bloody hell, get a load of the norks on that sheila!”. Other such expressions include: Strewth, crikey, bloody nora, strike a light, stone the crows.

Bludger: Lazy person, layabout.

Bluey: (also known as Blue) Slang for any bloke with red hair, and also known to describe the Australian Cattle Dog.

Bonnet: Hood of a car.

Boomer: A large male kangaroo, as Rolf Harris sings, "Six white boomers, snow white boomers on Santa's Australian run...".

Boot: Trunk of a car.

Bottlo: Bottle shop, Liquor shop.

Box of blowflies: Ugly, as in "that's as ugly as a box of blowflies!" And that's pretty ugly!

Buckley's Chance: No chance at all.

Bung: To put or place. E.g bung another snag on the barbie

Bunyip: A mythical bush spirit, Australia's bigfoot. Probably just a hairy surfie! 

Capsicums: Green or red bell peppers.

Carpetbagger steak: Beef stuffed with oysters.

Chemist shop: Drug store.

Chew the Fat: To talk, engage in pleasant conversation. Chinwag, gasbag, gossip, yap, yarn.

Chick: A Female person.

Chook: Chicken.

Cockie: Farmer.

Cockroach: Someone from New South Wales

Crook: Sick, or badly made.

Cut Snake: Angry, as in; He was as mad as a cut snake

Crow eater: A South Australian.

Crud: Shit, crap, turd, excretion. Also used as an expression of disbelief: “what a load of crud/crap/shit/bullshit

Dag: A funny person, nerd, goof, loser.  See also “wally

Dead Horse: Tomato sauce, ketchup.

Digger: A soldier.

Dilly-bag: Food bag.

Ding bat: Fool.

Dinky-di: The real thing.

Donk: Car or boat engine.

Donkey's years: Ages.

Donger: Penis, dick, shlong, Johnson, tally whacker, wanger, cock, member, the main vein….you get the idea. 

Drop-in: To steal a surfer's wave. This is a serious crime in Surfer's Paradise.

Durry: A cigarette, fag, cancer stick, lung buster, a BHP, dodger.

Earbash: Non-stop chatter.

Esky: Portable icebox or cooler - it's always a good idea to have one in the boot stocked with some cold ones just in case the party's bar runs dry. 

Fair Dinkum: Kosher, the real thing - as in "Fair Dinkum Aussie" (true blue Aussie original). Often used by itself as a rhetorical question to express astonishment verging on disbelief ... "Fair Dinkum, mate?" (you've got to be kidding, haven't you?)

Fair go: A good chance

Footpath: Sidewalk.

Footy: Rugby League

Flyer: female kangaroo 

Galah: Noisy fool, named after a parrot which is commonly seen hanging upside down from powerlines and generally acting the fool.

Game: Brave.

G'arn: Go on, you're kidding!

G'day: Universal greeting, used anytime day or night, but never as a farewell. Pronounced "gud-eye", usually followed by "mate" (mite) or a typically strung-together "howyagoinallright"(= how are you today, feeling pretty good?)

Give it a burl: Try it.

Good as gold: Great!

Good oil: Useful information, a good idea.

Good Onya: Omnipresent term of approval, sometimes ironic, offering various degrees of heartfelt congratulations depending on inflection. Indispensible during Aussie smalltalk - substitute "really, oh yeh, aha, etc."

Grizzle: To complain.

Grouse: Rhymes with "house" - means outstanding, tremendous. Can be applied

universally to all things

social ... "grouse birds (women), grouse band, in fact, grouse bloody gay and hearty (great party!)"

Have a yarn: To talk to someone.

Hit your kick: Open your wallet.

Hooroo: Pronounced "who-rue"... means "see ya later", make sure you don't say g'day when meaning goodbye - it's a dead giveaway you're not a true blue Aussie.

Hotel: Often just a pub. 

Icy pole: Popsicle. 

Jackaroo: A male ranch hand.

Jillaroo: A female ranch hand.

Joey: Baby kangaroo.

Journo: Journalist.

Jumbuck: Sheep.

Jumper: Sweater. 

Knock: To criticise.

Lemon squash: Lemonade.

Lob-in: Drop in to see someone.

Lollies: Sweets.

Lolly water: Soft drink.

Missus: Wife, girlfriend, main squeeze.

Never Never: Distant outback.

No-hoper: A fool, loser

Offsider: An assistant.

O.S.: Overseas, as in "she's gone O.S."

Oz: Australia; God's country 

Pines: Pineapples.

Pommie or pom: An Englishman. 

Rafferty's rules: Chaos, disorder.

Reckon: Think, as in "Your shout or mine? What' ya reckon?".

Ridgy-didge: Original, genuine.

Right: Okay, as in "she'll be right, mate."

Ring, tingle: Phone someone up, as in "I'll give him a ring."

Ripper: Pronounced "rippa" means beaut, tippy-tops, grouse

Root: The act of having Sex, shag, bonk, hump, bump uglies, tear one off: “geez, I reckon she’d be a good root”.

Rubbish: To knock something. 

Sandgroper: A Western Australian. 

Shark biscuit: New surfers, grommets on boogie boards. Tres uncool!

Sheila: A woman

She'll be right: No problem, don't worry, mate.

Shootin' through: Leave, take off.

Smoko: Smoke or coffee break.

Snag: A sausage.  Also referred to as a banger. A nice combination of ground meats of your choice, stuffed inside pigs intestines, and cooked on the barbee, sounds great huh?

Sook: Someone who complains a lot

Spit The Dummie: Lose your cool  - A "dummie" is Australian for a child's pacifier.

Stickybeak: Nosy person.

Stone the crows: An exclamation of surprise.

Strewth: Pronounced "sta-ruth" ... general exclamation of disbelief or shock.

Strine: Australian slang, from "Aus-strine", the way Aussies say Australian.

Stubby: A regular sized bottle of beer – 375ml, as apposed to a “long neck”, which is 750ml, a “throw down’ is 250ml and is reserved for  the less manly type who cant drink, or prefer to pour into a glass and top with lemonade – whereas the Northern Territory folk have such a thing called a “Darwin stubby” which is a 2litre bottle, but they’re just pissheads.

Swagman: Itinerant farm worker, tramp

Taswegian: A resident of Tasmania.

Tee-up: To set up an appointment.

Toey: Horny, randy, hangin’ for a shag. “Crikey, I’m toeyer than a roman sandal !”

Too right: Definitely!

True blue: Honest, straight.

The Lucky Country: Why, Australia, of course.

Tucker: Food.

Vegemite: A dark brown, gooey, salty vegetable yeast extract. It's what makes Aussies strong.

Wally: Idiot , clown, clumsy person – can be used as a term of endearment.

Whinge: Rhymes with "hinge"  Means to complain incessantly

Woopwoop: in the boonies, nowhere.

Wowser: Straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport.

Yabber: Talk.

Yobbo: An uncouth person.