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Dictionary of Australian Slang

A

Aggro - abbreviation for aggravated, aggressive, aggression.

Ankle biter - a small or young child.

Arvo - afternoon.

Av-a-go-yer-mug - a phrase used to encourage someone to put more effort into something.

Aussie - an Australian.

B

Bangers - sausages.

Barney - an argument, fight.

Beano / Beanfeast - a festivity, celebration.

Beanie - a small close fitting knitted cap often with a pom pom on top.

Big smoke - the city.

Billabong - a waterhole.

Billy - a container, usually makeshift, for boiling water or tea; a receptacle used for smoking marijuana.

Bloke - a man.

Bludger - a lazy person who evades responsibilities, often applied to one who collects the dole and doesn't try to find work.

Blue - to fight, a dispute; depressed in spirits; a mistake; .

Bluey - a nickname for a red-headed person; a breed of Australian work dog.

Bonza - excellent, attractive, pleasing.

Bottlo - a Bottle shop or Liquor store.

Bush telegraph / bush wire - unofficial communication network by which rumours are spread.

Bushwhacker - one who lives in the bush.

Bushwacked - extremely fatigued or exhausted.

Bush week - a fictitious week when country people come to town; a time of year when stupid things happen.

Bushytailed - full of health and good spirits.

Bust - to apprehend for an illegal activity; to go bankrupt; a police raid.

Butt - the buttocks, bottom.

C

Cakehole - mouth.

Can-do - capable and obliging.

Centralia - the inland region of Australia.

Champers - champagne.

Chinwag - a chat, conversation.

Chook - a chicken.

Cobber - a mate, friend.

Cockeyed - twisted or slanted to one side; foolish, absurd.

Codger - a bloke, fellow, especially elderly and a little odd.

Compo - compensation for injury; workers compensation.

Corker - something striking or astonishing; something very good of its kind.

Crapper - toilet.

Creepy-crawley - an insect.

Crikey - be surprised

Crook - sick, disabled, bad inferior; a thief; to get angry.

Crown Jewels - the testicles.

Cut up - to cause distress to; to criticise severley.

D

Dag - a person with little or no dress sense, uncouth.

Date - buttocks; a date roll is a roll of toilet paper.

Dick stickers - mens brief style bathers.

Digger - an Australian soldier, especially one who served in World War I.

Ding - a dent or damaged section of a car, bike, surfboard, etc.

Dinkum / dinki-di - true, honest, genuine.

Down the road - term indicating distance but no particular distance, it could be a few hundred metres but may be a few hundred miles.

Drongo - slow-witted or stupid person.

Dunny - an outside toilet, lavatory.

E

Earbash - to talk incessantly, someone who talks too much.

F

Fair dinkum - real, genuine, true.

Few sandwiches short of a picnic - slow witted, not all together.

Footy - rugby league.

Fridge - the refrigerator.

Full as a boot - intoxicated.

Full of it - someone is full of it if they are a liar.

G

G'day, gidday - a greeting meaning good day.

Gee-whiz - an expression indicating astonishment.

Get stuffed - go away.

Get the shits - to become angry, upset or short tempered.

Gnarly - difficult, awkward; terrific, excellent.

Go a meal or drink - could eat a meal or have a drink.

Go for broke - to risk all ones capital.

Greenie - deprecatory term for an environmentalist.

Grog / booze - alcohol. beer, spirits.

Grommet - an idiot; a young surfer

Grouse - very good.

Grub - food.

H

Hack it - to tolerate something or to keep up.

Hair of the dog - an alcoholic drink taken to relieve a hangover.

Half your luck - an expression often indicating envy of one's goodwill can also be a congratulatory remark or best wishes blessing.

Hard yacka - hard work.

Hassle - to give problems, complications or aggravations.

Homestead - main residence on a sheep or cattle station (ranch or farm).

Hooroo - goodbye.

I

In the shit - in serious trouble.

J

Jingoes - exclamation of surprise.

Joe Blake - snake (rhyming slang).

John - toilet.

Jumbuck - a sheep.

K

Kick in - contribute money to something.

Knock off - to steal something; a counterfeit product.

L

Lag - to inform on someone.

Lair - flashily dressed young man of brash or vulgar behaviour.

Larrikin - a lout, a mischievous young chap.

Laughing gear - mouth.

Loo - toilet.

M

Mad as a cut snake - crazy.

Mate - usually a friend or acquaintance but anyone can be a mate.

Middy - a middle-sized (285ml) glass of beer.

Mug - a fool, one easily duped.

N

Nong - a fool, idiot.

Noah / noah's ark - a shark (rhyming slang).

O

Ocker - the uncultivated Australian workingman; boorish, uncouth.

Ol' cheese - mother.

Ol' man - father.

Oldies - parents.

On a good lurk - on to a good thing.

On ya mate - usually means well done but often used sarcastically.

Open slather - free-for-all, anything goes.

Oz - Australia.

P

Piker - someone who doesn't want to do something especially within a group.

Pissed - drunk.

Pissed off - disgruntled, fed up.

Plonk - any alcoholic liquor, especially cheap wine.

Poddy-dodger - a cattle rustler, one who steals unbranded calves.

Pollie / polly - a politician.

Pommie / Pom - English person (usually whinging pom).

Prawn - a shrimp.

Pub - a hotel, short for public house. Usually taken to mean the bar or drinking area in a hotel.

R

Rack off - go away, get lost.

Rag - a newspaper or a woman who sleeps around.

Ratbag - rascal, rogue.

Ripper / rip snorter - great, terrific.

Roo - short for kangaroo.

S

Sandshoes - casual footwear, joggers.

Sanga - a sandwich or sausage.

Schooner - a large-sized (425ml) glass of beer.

Scrub up - dress up.

Seppo / Septic tank - an American (rhyming slang for yank).

Servo - a petrol / service / gas station.

Sheila - girl, woman.

She'll be apples - all is well (rhyming slang).

Shout - buy or pay for; a round of drinks in the pub.

Skite - boast, brag.

Slab - a carton of 24 beer cans.

Slugo's - mens brief style bathers.

Smoko - a break from work to indulge in chit-chat and a cigarette

Spine bashing - resting, loafing.

Spit the dummy - get very upset about something.

Sport - used as a term of address usually between males like mate.

Squib - to behave in a cowardly manner or to back down.

Stickybeak - to pry or meddle; one who pries or meddles.

Strine - Australian English.

Struth - an exclamation expressing surprise or verification.

Stubby - a small bottle of beer.

Sunnies - a pair of sunglasses.

Swag - a large number or unspecified number.

T

Ta / tar - thanks.

Tart - once meaning 'sweet heart' but now a derogatory word for a woman.

Tee up - to organise something.

Thingy / thingo / thingummyjig - any thing that doesn't have a precise name.

Tightarse - someone who wont buy a drink or wont part with money.

Tinnie - a can of beer.

True blue - genuine.

Tucker - food.

U

Uee - a U turn.

Up a gum tree - in difficulties, stranded.

Up shit creek - in trouble (often without a paddle indicating serious trouble).

Ute - small truck, short for utility truck.

V

VB - Victoria Bitter, a beer.

W

Walkabout - a period of wandering, usually in reference to Aborigines.

Walloper - one who thrashes someone.

Wally - someone who keeps making mistakes.

Wanker - one who masturbates; a person who is full of themself, egotistical.

Waxxy / wax head - a surfer.

Wedding tackle - a penis.

Westie - someone from Sydney's western suburbs, often used derogatorily to mean uneducated and/or uncultured. Also someone who acts like a westie.

What-da-ya-know - an expression of surprise; a friendly phrase used to open a conversation.

Wombat - a simple minded person.

Wog - a derogatory term for a foreigner, especially one of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern extraction.

X

XXXX - a Queensland beer brand (pronounced four ex).

Y

Yarn - a story.

Yobbo - loutish, surly youth.

Yonks - a long period of time.

 
 
 
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