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A Beginner’s Guide to Australian Slang

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When you learn English you’re taught how to speak and write ‘proper’ English. Then you visit an English speaking country and start hearing some very strange slang terms. Australian slang is certainly ‘interesting’! Whether you’re dreaming of visiting Australia, have just arrived or have been in this gigantic island of paradise for a while, there are a few Australian slang words that you should learn to help you get through day to day life.

Although Australia is an English speaking country, arriving into the country with little knowledge of the most popular Aussie slang words may just get you into a few awkward situations. It’s worth noting that Aussies have a tendency to shorten most words in the English vocabulary as well. You will soon become accustomed to this! Here are a list of some common slang words (some found in other English speaking countries) that should help you get by…

If we’ve missed any please free to leave a comment below.

125 Australian Slang Words & Phrases

  1. A Cold One – Beer
  2. Accadacca – How Aussies refer to Australian band ACDC
  3. Ankle Biter – Child
  4. Arvo – Afternoon (S’Arvo – this afternoon!)
  5. Aussie Salute – Wave to scare the flies
  6. Avo – Avocado
  7. Bail – To cancel plans. ‘Bruce bailed’ = Bruce isn’t going to turn up.
  8. Barbie – Barbecue
  9. Bathers – Swimsuit
  10. Beauty! – Great! Most often exclaimed as “You Beauty”
  11. Billabong – A pond in a dry riverbed
  12. Billy – Teapot (In the Outback on the fire)
  13. Bloody – Very. Used to extenuate a point
  14. Bloody oath – yes or its true. “You right mate?”… “Bloody Oath”
  15. Bludger – Someone who’s lazy, generally also who relies on others (when it’s someone who relies on the state they’re often called a ‘dole bludger’)
  16. Bogan – This word is used for people who are, well let’s say, rednecks. Or, if you like, just call your friends a bogan when they are acting weird.
  17. Booze Bus – Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers
  18. Bottle-O – Bottle Shop, basically a place to buy alcohol
  19. Brekky – Breakfast
  20. Brolly – Umbrella
  21. Bruce – An Aussie Bloke
  22. Budgie Smugglers – Speedos
  23. Bush – “Out in the bush” – “he’s gone bush” In the countryside away from civilisation
  24. Cab Sav – Cabernet Sauvignon
  25. Cactus – Dead, Broken
  26. Choc A Bloc – Full
  27. Choccy Biccy – Chocolate Biscuit
  28. Chook – Chicken
  29. Chrissie – Christmas
  30. Ciggy – a Cigarette
  31. Clucky – feeling maternal
  32. Cobber – Very good friend. ‘Alright me ‘ol cobber’.
  33. Coldie – Beer. ‘Come over for a few coldie’s mate.’
  34. Coppers – Policemen
  35. Crack the shits – Getting angry at someone or something
  36. Crikey – an expression of surprise
  37. Crook – Being ill or angry; ‘Don’t go crook on me for getting crook’
  38. C*nt, the “C” word – Used when exchanging pleasantries between close friends or family member. If someone calls you the “C” word in Australia (and you haven’t done anything to make them angry), then breathe a sigh of relief… it means you have entered the mate zone.
  39. Dag – Someone who’s a bit of a nerd or geek.
  40. Daks – Trousers. ‘Tracky daks’ = sweatpants (tracksuit pants)
  41. Dardy – meaning “cool”, is used amongst South West Australian Aboriginal peoples and has also been adopted by non-indigenous teens. – source
  42. Deadset – True
  43. Defo – Definitely
  44. Devo – Devastated
  45. Drongo – a Fool, ‘Don’t be a drongo mate’
  46. Dunny – Toilet
  47. Durry – Cigarette
  48. Esky – An insulated container that keeps things cold (usually beers)
  49. Facey – Facebook
  50. Fair Dinkum – ‘Fair Dinkum?’ … ‘Fair Dinkum!’ = Honestly? … Yeah honestly!
  51. Flannie / Flanno – flannelette shirt
  52. Flat out – Really busy – “Flat out like a lizard drinking” – As busy as a bee
  53. Footy – Football (AFL / Aussie Rules)
  54. Frothy – Beer
  55. F*ck Me Dead – that’s unfortunate, that surprises me
  56. Furphy – rumours or stories that are improbable or absurd
  57. G’day – Hello
  58. Galah – an Australian cockatoo with a reputation for not being bright, hence a galah is also a stupid person.
  59. Gnarly – awesome – often used by surfers
  60. Going off – busy, lots of people / angry person “he’s going off”
  61. Good On Ya – Good work
  62. Goon – the best invention ever produced by mankind. Goon is a cheap, boxed wine that will inevitably become an integral part of your Australian backpacking experience.
  63. Hard yakka – Hard work
  64. Heaps – loads, lots, many
  65. Hoon – Hooligan (normally driving badly!)
  66. Iffy – bit risky or unreasonable
  67. Knickers – female underwear
  68. Lappy – Laptop
  69. Larrikin – Someone who’s always up for a laugh, bit of a harmless prankster
  70. Legless – Someone who is really drunk
  71. Lollies – Sweets
  72. Maccas – McDonalds
  73. Manchester – Sheets / Linen etc. If you’re from England, finding a department within a shop called Manchester could seriously confuse you.
  74. Mongrel – Someone who’s a bit of a dick
  75. Mozzie – Mosquito
  76. No Drama – No problem / it’s ok
  77. No Worries – No problem / it’s ok
  78. No Wucka’s – A truly Aussie way to say ‘no worries’
  79. Nuddy – Naked
  80. Outback – The interior of Australia, “The Outback” is more remote than those areas named “the bush”
  81. Pash – to kiss
  82. Piece of Piss – easy
  83. Piss Off – go away, get lost
  84. Piss Up – a party, a get together and in Australia – most social occasions
  85. Piss – (To Piss) to urinate
  86. Pissed – Intoxicated, Drunk
  87. Pissed Off – Annoyed
  88. Rack Off – The less offensive way to tell someone to ‘F Off’!
  89. Rapt – Very happy
  90. Reckon – for sure. ‘You Reckon?’… ‘I reckon!’
  91. Rellie / Rello – Relatives
  92. Ripper – ‘You little ripper’ = That’s fantastic mate!
  93. Root Rat – someone who enjoys sex (maybe a little too much)
  94. Rooted – Tired or Broken
  95. Runners – Trainers, Sneakers
  96. Sanger – Sandwich
  97. Servo – Service Station / Garage
  98. Shark biscuit – kids at the beach
  99. Sheila – A woman
  100. Shoot Through – To leave
  101. Sick – awesome; ‘that’s really sick mate’
  102. Sickie – a sick day off work, or ‘to pull a sickie’ would be to take a day off when you aren’t actually sick
  103. Skull – To down a beer
  104. Slab – A carton of beers
  105. Snag – Sausage
  106. Stiffy – Erection
  107. Stoked – Happy, Pleased
  108. Straya – Australia
  109. Strewth – An exclamation of surprise
  110. Stubby – a bottle of beer
  111. Stubby Holder – Used so your hands don’t get cold when holding your beer, or to stop your hands making your beer warm!
  112. Stuffed – Tired
  113. Sunnies – Sunglasses
  114. Swag – Single bed you can roll up, a bit like a sleeping bag.
  115. Tea – Dinner
  116. Tinny – Can of beer or small boat
  117. Thongs – Flip Flops. Do not be alarmed if your new found Australian friend asks you to wear thongs to the beach. They are most likely expressing their concern of the hot sand on your delicate feet.
  118. True Blue – Genuinely Australian
  119. Tucker – Food. ‘Bush Tucker’ tends to be food found in the Outback such as witchety grubs.
  120. Two Up – A gambling game played on Anzac day.
  121. U-IE – to take a U-Turn when driving
  122. Up Yourself – Stuck up
  123. Woop Woop – middle of nowhere “he lives out woop woop”
  124. Ya – You
  125. Yous – (youse) plural of you!

Some of these words may not be as commonly used these days, but you might still hear them being used ironically or by older Australians.

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How To Speak Australian

Once you’ve been in Australia for, well, an hour, you’ll notice that nearly every word has an ‘o’ on the end of it. This is because for some weird reason Australians like to shorten every word and then add a vowel to the end of it… e.g. “bottle-o” (Bottle shop / off license) “servo” (garage / service station).

Oddly though, some of these words end up being longer than they were originally. At other times they’ll just add a different vowel instead of the ‘o’. MacDonalds, you know that famous fast food burger joint, is only known as Macca’s over here! I think the video below perfectly illustrates this unique way of speaking Australian!

Australian Phrases & Sayings

Some phrases can be a bit more difficult to work out than the abbreviations Australians use. When someone exclaimed to me: “OMG check out his budgie smugglers” I really had absolutely no clue what they were talking about. Let’s just say it only refers to men, and they tend to be wearing speedos!

I was at the bar and my friend says “it’s my shout mate“. Huh?! This is an important one to know. If it’s their shout they’re going to be paying. Another common one to hear at the pub is “he’s blotto“… Yeah don’t buy that guy another drink he’s already had too many!

The word “bogan” is a typically Aussie slang word as well. This word is used for people who are, well let’s say, rednecks. Or, if you like, just call your friends a bogan when they are acting weird.

If you find yourself in a bit of an argument and you begin to act unreasonably you might be told to “pull ya head in“, if however you’re right (stubborn) and you really want the other person to believe what you’re saying you can say “fair dinkum mate“.

Worried that something isn’t going to plan? “No worries, she’ll be right mate” – It’s not a problem, everything will be okay!

Put some snags on the barbie” – this is a statement you’ll hear way more often than “Put a shrimp on the barbie”… why? Well because snags, i.e. sausages, exist, whereas in Australia shrimps don’t… they’re known as prawns!

Heard that someone is “Flat out like a lizard drinking“? The English phrase for this would be “busy as a bee”.

I was doing a little googling on this particular topic and came across a website, called the Australian slang dictionary. Scanning through it I found an expression that I just had to share: “He’s got kangaroos loose in the top paddock“. The meaning of the phrase? Someone who is a bit wacky. Or, as the dictionary says in a prettier way; someone who is intellectually challenged.

Top Tip! If you’re really stuck but want to seem as though you’re beginning to learn some of the local Australia language – the lingo if you will, always say hello by saying “G’day” and always add “mate” to the end of every sentence.

Now you’ve learnt some Australian slang and phrases why not try some typical Aussie Food?

Or Learn about some Australian Animals (A-Z list with pictures and facts)

174 thoughts on “A Beginner’s Guide to Australian Slang

  1. “budgie smugglers” really is just guys wearing speedos 😉 When people used to smuggle birds they would stuff them into tight underpants – this is where it comes from ;P

    1. Really? I always assumed it’s because a penis in a tight ‘environment’ looks like the shape of a small trapped bird!

  2. or if you dont agree and want to be slightly sarcastic you say yeh nah in a low tone or if you agree you can say nah yeh lol

  3. #89 It’s not so your hands don’t get cold while your drinking…’For Pete’s Sake’ It’s so your beer stays cold, yer Drongo. Who cares about yer hands mate.

  4. Always thought a “goon” was another word for flagon (large bottle of wine). At least this is what we referred it to before the cask of wine was invented (and I’ve been around for sixty years).

    1. goon is just a cheap and nasty wine. we usually reserved the word “goon” for the cheap wine in the box/cask.
      eg- I’m heading to the bottlo to grab a goon cask.

      1. It means are you starting a fight or argument after saying something insulting or you’re telling someone off
        “Why are you having a go at me all I did was blow up a mailbox”
        Or someone is stirring trouble and hurling insults
        “Are you having a go at me? I don’t like your tone”
        Also “Let’s go” or “you wanna go” means let’s fight not actually leave. Tone is very important with this kind of language it’s mainly used as banter with a bit of wrestling

  5. Mark’s right. The goon was originally a flagon. Usually sherry or brown muscat. Cheap as chips too.
    Disagree with #80 – Sickie. This is a day off work without being actually sick. When you wake up and just say fug it.

  6. Other phrases I’ve heard. The “Mort” referring to the wife. “Putting the blacksmith on ya”. Or being locked out of the house by the wife after too many hours in a pub.

  7. A couple more:
    Starkers – To be naked; wearing your birthday suit
    In the bolocky – same as above
    Yacka – work; usually hard yacka
    Flanno – flannelette shirt

    1. Yakka is under Hard Yakka (no. 50), starkers I really think is very British. Have added Flanno though. Have never heard anyone say in the bollocky – lol 🙂

    1. “Ute” in Strine is a truck or SUV, not to be confused with utes (plural) from “My Cousin Vinnie,” where it refers to youths, or as Vinne explains to the judge, “youthes.”

  8. Heaps you missed dunno if ya know most the slang…like a terrier=never gives up ….pull your head in…mongrel can mean a few things like if someone is a beast at footy they can be a mongrel in a good way…same as grouse I think it’s spelt that in Victoria they use that as great,cool,awsome,but you made a good list,keep it going.

  9. Taking the piss, is a big one but is that same in UK to like it means you’re making fun or making someone believe nonsense.

  10. There are also dictionaries for slang language available online. This is the way languages are revolutionized. Who knows that the words we call slang today may become part of the regular English someday and may come into writing as well.

  11. chuck a blocky- similiar to a U-ie except wider going round a block, also used when searching for a house or place

    1. This depends on what state you come from inner cities sometimes do not recognize these sayings
      Australian slang comes from a mixture of migrants or convicts that cam came from Irland Scotland England also mixed American sayings. and Australians

  12. Tinny may be a area or state saying, like grouse in Victoria meaning great.
    I have heard it used “get me tinny from the fridge luv’
    Another one is port meaning suitcase or school bag used in QLD and northern NSW shortened from the French word portmanteau which also the word porter comes from

  13. A lot of non Aussies would definitely not get a lot of these terms, even Maccas as Mcdonalds sounds a bit far off. Aussie slang is definitely fun to listen to and if you’re planning to visit or live in Australia, well you gotta gear up and polish your knowledge on Aussie terms. Interesting how everyone connects the word mate to Aussie’s favorite word call for others! Ha ha.

    1. James Clarke, I’m Aussie, born and raised. Maccas is the only way everybody over here calls Mac Donalds. That and Hungry Jacks for Burger King. Cheers, Bruce.

      1. That’s always funny to me, we call it Mickey Dees around where I live, or just MacDonalds, Maccas seems so odd to say. I do like it tho

        1. Mickey Ds, is generally limited to southern New England, USA. Much like pissuh, sometimes emphasized with the all purpose adverb, f*ckin, as in f*ckin pissuh.

    2. The word mate was held high in earlier years, Mate was the best friend the one that stood by you through thick and thin.People use this terminology freely to day with no substance of the meaning
      the British used this as well.
      Australians today are mixed races more so than yesteryear so there is a lot of slang that was not around in earlier years. Also Technolgy has now brought in a new strain especially with younger generations

  14. Jeez ‘aussie’ – No need to go off like a raw prawn.
    Everyone uses the word ‘tinnie’ for a can of beer.
    You’re not livin’ in a cattle truck mate 😉 Pull your head in.

    You flaming bum nut

  15. Just a note on a couple:
    Bush – doesn’t mean outback. It means wood/forest. To go bushwalking is to go hiking. Outback’s outback.
    Root -to root is to have sex. ‘Ave a root’. Haven’t heard anyone use rooted as tired before.
    Barrack- to follow/root for a particular sports team. Aussies would laugh at the word root in this context (see above).

    1. I agree – I ‘barrock’ for that team.
      Maccas is always used.
      Cobber is old school now.
      You missed ‘rightio’ meaning ok
      Definitely ‘tinny’ or ‘can’ doesn’t matter what drink it is a long as it’s in a can.
      Tinny as a boat, not sure about that one. I just call it a boat.
      Gone up whoop whoop – a long way away
      Dunno – I dont know
      Plastered – drunk outa ya brain

      I’ve never heard of ‘goon’, but if its relating to the wine cask that was cheap coz you couldn’t afford anything else when you were a teenager and tasted like horse piss and when you finished it you blew it up and used it as a pillow at the end of the night then thats it lol ah the memories.

      Tastes like cats piss – really bad beer
      Wanka – what a wanka – meaning idiot
      Friggen- how to say f&*@£%g in front of kids and non sweaters.

      And stubby holder – it bloody keeps my hands warm in winter from a cold can and keeps my can cool in summer so my hands dont warm up the beer.

      But you’ve hit the nail on the head with your list, it’s a rippa. Good onya

    2. Indeed, rooted denotes tiredness. After a long day hay baling one might say “I’m faaarked!” or “I’m rooted! Chuck us a frothie cob” (Please share a beer with me old friend).

      1. Agree that rooted can mean tiredness. It can be used for anything that is broken or worn out. Bloody tyres rooted etc.

    3. I’ve lived in FNQ for 30+ years around some dinky die blokes, and came to know ‘being rooted’ as being very tired; as well as ‘have a root’ as having sex.
      Tinnie=can of beer
      Tinny= metal boat
      Do his/her block= get angry
      Chuck a darkie= get angry
      Crack the shits= see above

      Fair suck of the sav (or later- the sauce bottle)= You’ve got to be kidding!

      Off like a bag of prawns in the hot sun= self-explanatory 😷🤢

    4. The bush can mean the outback / country in the right context.
      Rooted can be – tired, knackered, buggered, fucked (as in rooted)
      Barrack, root for your team – a little obscure but certainly usable and used.

  16. Maybe come to Vic if you have never herd someone say there rooted it’s a very common term for tired and unless your going fishin everyone calls a beer a tinny you silly Muppets

  17. “How you going?”

    Is a phrase that has nothing at all to do with what bicycle, bus,Uber or train you plan on taking to get there, or go home!

  18. ” 92 Stubby Holder – Used so your hands don’t get cold when holding your beer!”
    WRONG!! You got it arse about you drongo – A stubby holder is to prevent your hands from warming the beer.

  19. Mongrel can also refer to an erection. For example, when being prompted by your fellow shearers to get up for work, one might say “fair go, I’ve got half a mongrel here”.

    1. “Are you Having a go?!”
      Other meanings & alternative phrases.
      First off, to ensure all those using the English-language dialect understands, here are a few pointers.
      ‘Ya’ – you, ¹nonstandard spelling of you.
      ‘Yo’/ ‘Hey’/ ‘Oi’ – ¹exclamation to get someones attention, ²to call attention to, ³to greet someone.
      E.g: ‘Yo, Anna! Come over here for a minute.
      ‘Got’- past tense of get. ‘Gotta’ – ¹got to, ²have got to
      Now, “Are you having a go?!” i.e:
      ” (Are) You taking the piss?!”
      “You can’t be serious!?”
      “(Are) You having a laugh (are ya)?!”
      😅 ? 😡
      “You must be joking!?”
      “Ya gotta be (f**king) kiddin’ me!?”😡
      Most dramatically: “Please, tell me you’re joking!?”😧
      In some American, urban, subcultures you may hear:
      “Yo, (is) you for real? Or “You for real?!” i.e: U 4 real?!”
      “You fuckin’ wit(h) me?!” Or “You playin’ wit(h) me?!”
      “You’re tripping!” Or “You be tripping!”
      “Is you serious?!” Or “Yo, is you (f**king) serious (right now)!?
      It could also mean bewildered or (indignant) disbelief…
      👊 Fair 😱 Warning 😵: If this is said to you WITHOUT smile or a laugh, 😕 if they did not enunciate with an inquisitive or playful connotation: You more then likely, offended, 😤 annoyed or perhaps even angered 😠 and/or enraged them in some way for some reason.
      🚩This phrase could be a warning and/or threat.
      🎭When in a place where language differs from your own, I find it’s very useful to know how to understand & interpret non verbal communication, it’s a world-wide, international language : 🎼Safe travels.

  20. I’m not from Australia, I am Irish & Cherokee and here in the United States. But because of me being in the Air Force and being Stationed with with a lot of guys from the RAF & ROYAL NAVY. But never got chance to be station in Australia. I have a lot of mates that thought me a lot about Australia and its culture. Which really isn’t much different from the Ranching community I grew up in. And the more time I spent with all my mates, the more I found myself speaking and thinking both Irish & Australian. Now out of the Military and 60-yrs young, I still speak Aussie than anything.

    1. What Americans consider shrimp we call prawns,
      to us shrimp are really small prawns or that you are very short.

      Not sure what is a bobby, as we call a barbecue a barbie….

  21. South Africans would understand a lot of these, our own slang / colloquialisms are similar. Perhaps due to our shared British heritage and hearing these terms on TV.

  22. Speaking as an Aussie I wonder if the Author is Australian ‘cos most of this is wrong. Most of the slang is slang but most Aussie slang has 2 translations and only one is given. Also most of the information is wrong. And don’t add mate to everything some Australians will be offended if you use it too early or when we are PO’d (pissed off) at you. By the way pissed off is not annoyed it’s more like Angry.

  23. ‘Furphy’, you’re telling a furphy. Stories traded over a Furphy water tank and if it sounds outrageous or exaggerated, came to be known as a furphy.
    ‘Longdrop’ outdoor dunny.
    ‘Flat out like a lizard drinkin’, busy
    ‘Sweatin blood’ or ‘Hard yakka’

  24. Boondy: chuck a boondy, throw a dirt bomb/ compacted dirt shaped like a rock that dissipates upon impact
    Woop Woop: middle of nowhere, a long way from a main town
    Iffy: anything that is a bit iffy is risky, questionable
    Going Off: really busy OR a person losing their temper and shouting OR food turned sour
    Dardy: good thing
    Deadly: of it’s not poisonous and it’s deadly then it’s awesome
    Righty: if not being directed to take a right or chuck a right, it is to do the right thing, do a good deed
    Chuck a lefty/righty: driving directions, turn left/right
    Pissed off can be annoyed Or leaving the location

    So many more

  25. G’day mate. Didn’t see no mention of any Rangas (red heads) in this list. Me mate Blue won’t be impressed at all about that!

  26. up shit creek without a paddle spearing tadpoles with a crow bar. everything going bad
    your a mug, not the brightest spark. slow thinker takes a bit for it to sink in
    she give up the goat shagged, rooted, knackered. broken never to work again
    put it in ya sky rocket(put it in your pocket)…… drier than dingo’s donga, drought no rain
    ya mad bastard, performs unbelievable tasks wearing thongs, drinkin piss, sayin she’ll be right ,kenoath, short for F*%king oath (exaggeration) catch the game last night “kenoath i did ”
    jatz cracker (biscuts) but also refers male appendage(his nuts). got him in the jazts crakers
    duzz buzz, have a cigarette.. oh pull the other one, exaggerated story or lies
    Dead horse, tomato sauce.. dog n bone, blower, on the phone…..
    The dog house, you pissed ya missus off and your sleeping on the couch
    inny (south Aus west coast) short for isn’t it, deadly inny
    shaggin wagon, big car with lay down back seat or bed in back!
    and just in case i got one wrong hahahahaha D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F
    Do I Look Like I Give A F*&K

  27. The word rooting or rooted around comes from way back and went off the boil back in the 60.s
    American English Australian Meaning to look for something,
    Like “I was rooting around in the draw” Rooted also means the “thing is finished does no0t work anymore “The sex term came out in the 60s. It may have been used behind the scenes, as people were not so outspoken they had more respect for people around them

  28. Maggot bag – meat pie
    Leper in a sleeping bag – chiko roll
    Dead horse -tomato sauce
    Ankle biter – small child
    Dodgy – not quite right
    True blue – genuinely Australian
    Up yourself – stuck up

  29. Some of these phrases are still part of the vernacular. Some of them used to be, but would never be pronounced with a straight face by anyone under 30. Some are just ‘Barry McKenzie’ joke slang, but not in real use. A couple I’ve never heard at all, in 69 years.

    Sometimes, I just wish people would check these ridiculous lists with a local linguist.

    1. Hi Stephen, thanks for your input. This list has been put together by some of our Australian staff located all around Australia.

  30. G’day love here’s a few extra ones for ya…
    A Barry Crocker – having a shocker.
    Dodgey – a bit rough.
    Dunny budgie – blowflies.
    Sanger – sandwich.
    Shark biscuit – kids at the beach.
    Squizz – having a gander.
    Gander – Having a Squizz.
    Stretcher case – Drunk.
    Shaggers back – Too much rooting.

  31. Hey just a couple more to add to your list you have some rippers on there
    Gnarly = really awsome or something you really like
    Sick = same as gnarly
    Stoked = really happy that that happed or really pumped
    Sketchy = not quite right or risky
    Marchys = march flies
    Old fart = old person or elderly
    Cactus pooptus = dead or about to die
    Give me 5= give me a high five
    Cricky dick = a rude way of saying cricky or if you are extermly shocked

  32. Dag- nerdy or geeky person…
    Yeah Nah mate, that isn’t what we call dags. If the person is Nerdy or Geeky we say either, a dag is, well, normally a person who looks like a dag!
    Umm, well, baggy clothes, stoner maybe, a troublemaker maybe, just someone who looks very unkept and a bit on the rude/jerk side

  33. You forgot Mate. mate seriously one of the most used words in Australian slang and it means friend. mate – you need to fix this

    1. The last sentence of the article mentions ‘mate’:
      “Top Tip! If you’re really stuck but want to seem as though you’re beginning to learn some of the local Australia language – the lingo if you will, always say hello by saying “G’day” and always add “mate” to the end of every sentence.”

  34. Insightful stuff here. Great job!

    Suggestion: inclusion of the word, flog?? Extremely versatile word for your vocab. And only something I’ve heard in Australia.

    Flog /ged/ging

    Context of someone being a wanker or up themselves: “Fuck me, that James guy is a flog”
    Context of someone/thing getting beaten badly: “Geez, the Brisbane Lions got flogged again, did you see the game?”
    Context of going to the gym: “Hey mate, are you going for a flog?”
    Context of someone pleasuring themselves: “I really need to flog, it’s been too long”
    Context of someone stealing something: “Some flog has flogged the street sign”

  35. Know all of these and use them in my own language much to the amusement of my non Australian friends and colleagues.

    The ones you are missing are:

    Snot Block – Vanilla Slice
    Reg Grundies – Undies
    Screamer – a great mark (Aussie Rules term)
    Jatz Crackers – testicles (as made famous by Steve Folley commentating on the diving at the Atlanta Olympics)
    Doing a Bradbury – Wining by virtue of everybody in front of you falling over
    Pineapple – $50 Note
    Salmon – $20 note

  36. Barker’s Eggs/= Dog’s droppings that have turned white in the sun on lawns, or anywhere.
    Betta Arf/= traditionally, the wife/missus/female significant other.
    Bonza/=Really good, even brilliant.
    Bull Dust/=Very fine red dust sand/or a polite way of saying nonsense.
    Cow inna cupboard/=Can of powdered milk, canned evaporated/condensed milk, cartons of UHT/Long Life milk that can be stored long term in a cupboard/pantry long term without the need to be refrigerated.
    Cut and Shut/= Originally an automotive term, but can refer to a woman as having her womb removed/ or her tubes tied.
    Derro/=A derelict remnant of a former man, usually in reference to a homeless drunkard or petrol/glue sniffer
    Dog’s eye wiv Dead ‘Orse/=Beef/Meat Pie with Tomarda sauce
    Dropkick/=useless/ good for nothin’ bloke/individual.
    Drop the aitch off of any word beginin with a H/h; Horse= ‘Orse; House= ‘Owse etc
    Dust Bunnies/balls of fluff that collect, under beds, but especially on newly fitted carpets.
    Fisho/ usually in outback populaces a bloke that does a run of the local publican’s establishments with a trailer of seafood on ice. These fellahs walk into the Pub, sing out “Fisho” then take interested clientele back to their refrigerated vehicle.
    Frog and Toad/= The road.
    Fuelie or Fuely/=Petrol Bowser.
    Had the Snip/= No jellybeans in the jellybean bag/Vasectomy.
    Howlin’ Tommy/=Whingeing Pomm.
    Jolly Hoppers/=Coppers (pronounced Jolly ‘Oppas).
    Mallies (pronounced mawlies)/= Old Codgers with nothing better to do than hang around shopping malls in groups together, ogling women going about their shopping, whilst waiting for the Supermarket to call them up to make a home delivery.
    Parkies/Park People/=Vagrants that live in/haunt parks.
    Rice Burners/= Cheap and nasty Japanese/Asian cars/vehicles, also can be referred to as Cocoa Tins.
    Shootin’ Blanks/= Fellah that’s “had the snip”/vasectomy and no semen/swimmers exit when he’s done, he’s just shooting blanks. .
    Snag/s/ Sausages; also anything not a fish, that catches your fishing line/ lately can refer to a Sensitive New Age Guy, but not heard all that often.
    Tappa/Tapper/= A collector of discarded cans and bottles, the bottles collected in his bags would make a distinct tapping sound as he walked along, hence the moniker of “Tapper”.
    Tit inna tin/=can of powdered milk
    Tommy Rot/= British BS/lies/propaganda; also reference to British standards of class distinction/protocols/etiquette
    Treacle Beak/ any gadabout poking their nose into other people’s business, not used very much nowadays more likely to use “Sticky Beak”.
    Tuck Shop/= Corner Shop selling Tucker/Food, usually groceries but including pies, pasties, “Lead Sinkers”(dried fruit slices) and sundry other cakes,lollies,and cold/soft drinks.
    Walkers and Turners/ Unemployed on the hunt for a job, walk around with nothing worthwhile to do, walking down one Street, and turn down the next. A Walker and Turner.

  37. Few more I use
    Kip and ky – bed and food
    Razoos – money
    Seven pints in the gallon – someone who is not all there
    Dad and Dave – shave

  38. as a Yank living in Melbourne during the ’80’s, here’s a few that mystified me at first, but aren’t on the list:
    crack a fat
    a ring on the dog
    mad as a snake
    dole bludger
    Darwin stubby
    pushie or pushbike
    bull bag
    heavy or full bag
    (‘ave a) pull
    pom, bloody pom, whinging pom etc
    pommy shower
    chippie (carpenter)
    sparkie (electrician)
    possum (endearingly)

    1. Funny how they can be so apt and funny, but normal back then! Sad it’s hardly used any more! Hate change, seriousness and political correctness🤪

    2. Hi Richard, yeah, I suppose “duck nuts” isn’t real appropriate🤔, don’t know how old, but definitely Ocka, is simply, “Ledge”. “She’s a ledge of a teacher”. It is an abbreviation as such, and not a full word. Not offensive, but explanatory……Bit hard to stay feminine with Aussie slang for a Sheila! That’s my thoughts👍🏼 Hope it helps a tiny bit for a good Aussie ode🇦🇺 Cheers!

    3. Funny how they can be so apt and funny, but normal back then! Sad it’s hardly used any more! Hate change, being too serious, and political correctness🤪
      BTW, I remember it as “mad as a cut snake”, and grouse is definitely Victorian
      It sounds like you’ve embraced some of the Australian way of language, which my Austrian father in law did (came with family of 5 in 1964) whilst working all over country Oz! Bloody funny accent that was! Love it👊🏼

  39. I recognise a lot of this, we used similar slang growing up in Liverpool, and what I didn’t use I recognise from Neighbours and The Sullivans( ‘Fair crack of the whip’, ‘Good egg’ ):-)

  40. they dont even have root
    root means sex like “i had a real nice root last night ay” meaning “i had some really good sex last night yeah?”

  41. ute – truck
    togs – swimwear
    popper – juice box
    glad wrap – cling wrap
    fair dinkum – really?
    grub – food

  42. I’m trying to find a real vernacular aussie word meaning ‘good at’ . As in, Dawn was really good at her job. A word a male would use, something not as crude as say, ‘She’s the dog’s boxxocks at her job’. Preferably amusing?

    1. Or ducks nuts! lol, What about Ledge, it’s an abbreviation but commonly used as oz slang! Hard to remember appropriate feminine slang
      Final suggestion would be; the bees knees🤔

  43. Remember my Pop used to use Billy goat for throat also, rifle range in the sky rocket for change in the pocket, cows hoof, which is very (can’t say) inappropriate nowadays! His sayings were never ending. I actually like making up a lot of sayings myself, which most workmates and friends find funny. It would be bonzer to keep the Ocka Slang going! Like all lingo’s It fades-away eventually, but it’s fun trying to keep it circulating as long as possible👍🏼. RIP Paddy😜

  44. Some of these are also used in various other English speaking countries as well with the same or very similar meanings. (And some have very different meanings for the same word or expression).

  45. Some of these are old & were used as i was growin up … every area is different … durry use to be used in the 70s now its more ciggy. I guess it depends on ur age . Me 55 born n bred blues (NSW)….

  46. Nice. When I first came to Australia. I heard slangs like – “Bob’s your uncle” and “Rain check” . Those can be added too if they are Aussi slang. I enjoyed this article. Thanks.

  47. Sua gosto de ti ler meu mente ! Você aparecem entender tanto aproximadamente , como você escreveu
    o guia nele ou algo. Sinto-me que você pode com algumas por cento
    ao unidade a mensagem casa um pouco, no entanto em vez de, é magnífica blog.

    Um fantástico ler. Eu vou definitivamente volta.

  48. Cactus? Close but it’s supposed to be “carked it” which means something is dead, broken or has stopped working. E.g. The computer’s just carked it.
    ‘To cark’ is used more for smaller things, or components of a larger object. So if your car broke down, you could technically say, “The car’s carked it.” However it sounds a little funny, so we’d refer to a component of the car, like, “The engine’s carked it.” Although I guess you could say, “Did you hear about how The Large Hadron Collider completely carked it?” but that still sounds a little off.
    You can use it to refer to people who have literally died, however it’s pretty crude and tasteless and could be offensive depending on who you’re talking to and the context, so to be safe I’d stick to inanimate objects.
    A cactus is just a cactus over here, a prickly succulent.

  49. I am Australian and I haven’t heard most of these words on here. Me and my friend were looking through these and I screamed: ‘WHAT THE HELL DOES _______ MEAN!’ A lot

  50. I’ve met heaps of overseas visitors over the past 12 years as a Park Ranger and not one of them has ever heard the term ‘D & M’ as in ‘a deep and meaningful conversation’ or ‘serious conversation’ at a social gathering 🙂 They all think it’s a great term 🙂 Their other favourites are dag and galah.

    Doof doof music – a derogatory term for house/hip hop music is another one they’ve never heard before.

    Dink – the Victorian term for giving someone a lift on their bike as in ‘I’ll give you a dink’. Me and a mate nearly got in to real trouble years ago when we said this to two UK female backpackers on a bike ride/pub crawl in Sydney years ago 🙂 All the locals were shocked. As we found out that day in NSW they call it ‘a double’ or I’ll ‘double yah’ 🙂

    Scallop – in Victoria it’s a scallop, in NSW a potato cake.

  51. My new Tassie friend uses these:

    Chuffed = pleased
    Stuffed = tired, wore out
    Puffed = breathing hard, out of breath
    Oooo rooooo = good bye

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