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Australian Slang

Australian Slang

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Australian Slang

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  • Esky

    large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.

  • Bush

    the hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in town

  • Throw-down

    small bottle of beer which you can throw down quickly.

  • Aussie (pron. Ozzie)

    Australian

  • Cactus

    dead, not functioning (this bloody washing machine is cactus)

  • Ugh

    ugly. hence Ugg boots

  • Waggin' school

    playing truant

  • Up somebody, get

    to rebuke somebody - the boss got up me for being late

  • Bathers

    swimming costume

  • Ambo

    ambulance, ambulance driver

  • Plonk

    cheap wine

  • Handle

    beer glass with a handle

  • Togs

    swim suit

  • Ropeable

    very angry

  • Mug

    friendly insult (have a go, yer mug), gullible person

  • Plate, bring a

    Instruction on party or BBQ invitation to bring your own food. It doesn't mean they're short of crockery!

  • Boogie board

    a hybrid, half-sized surf board

  • Billabong

    an oxbow lake cut off by a change in the watercourse. Billabongs are usually formed when the course of a creek or river changes, leaving the former branch with a dead end.

  • B & S

    Bachelors' and Spinsters' Ball - a very enjoyable party usually held in rural areas

  • Banana bender

    a person from Queensland

  • Captain Cook

    look (noun) (let's have a Captain Cook)

  • Cut snake, mad as a

    very angry

  • Clucky

    feeling broody or maternal

  • Turps

    turpentine, alcoholic drink

  • Compo

    Workers' Compensation pay

  • Bushman's hanky

    Emitting nasal mucus by placing one index finger on the outside of the nose (thus blocking one nostril) and blowing.

  • Brickie

    bricklayer

  • Beaut, beauty

    great, fantastic

  • Cut lunch

    sandwiches

  • Perve (noun & verb)

    looking lustfully at the opposite sex

  • Kero

    kerosene

  • Matilda

    swagman's bedding, sleeping roll

  • Rip snorter

    great, fantastic - it was a rip snorter of a party

  • BYO

    unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own grog, also similar party or barbecue

  • Boogie board

    a hybrid, half-sized surf board

  • Pokies

    poker machines, fruit machines, gambling slot machines

  • Sheila

    a woman

  • Show pony

    someone who tries hard, by his dress or behaviour, to impress those around him.

  • Slab

    a carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer

  • Liquid laugh

    vomit

  • London to a brick

    absolute certainty (it's London to a brick that taxes won't go down)

  • Lucky Country, The

    Australia, where else?

  • Jumbuck

    sheep

  • Nasho

    National Service (compulsory military service)

  • Mallee bull, as fit as a

    very fit and strong. The Mallee is very arid beef country in Victoria/South Australia.

  • Barrack

    to cheer on (football team etc.)

  • Booze bus

    police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers

  • Bludger

    lazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on other people to do things or lend him things

  • Boil-over

    an unexpected (sporting) result

  • Clayton's

    fake, substitute

  • Coathanger

    Sydney Harbour bridge

  • Daks

    trousers

  • Wobbly boot on, he's got the

    drunk

  • Yabby

    inland freshwater crayfish found in Australia (Cherax destructor)

  • Yakka

    work (noun)

  • Bottle-o

    liquor shop (originally a man with hessian bags going around picking up beer bottles in the 50's and 60's)

  • Bourke Street, he doesn't know Christmas from

    he's a bit slow in the head. (Bourke Street is a brightly lit Melbourne street)

  • Brick shit house, built like a

    big strong bloke

  • Bunyip

    mythical outback creature

  • Chook

    a chicken

  • Chunder

    vomit

  • Bogan

    person who takes little pride in his appearance, spends his days slacking and drinking beer

  • Big-note oneself

    brag, boast

  • Billy

    teapot. Container for boiling water.

  • Mate

    buddy, friend

  • Nuddy, in the

    naked

  • Knock

    to criticise

  • Lair it up

    to behave in a brash and vulgar manner

  • Mickey Mouse

    excellent, very good. Beware though - in some parts of Australia it means inconsequential, frivolous or not very good!

  • Roo

    kangaroo

  • Brisvegas

    Brisbane, state capital of Queensland

  • Hoon

    hooligan

  • Shit house (noun)

    toilet, lavatory

  • Schooner

    large beer glass in Queensland; medium beer glass in South Australia

  • Smoko

    smoke or coffee break

  • Skite

    boast, brag

  • Strine

    Australian slang and pronunciation

  • Thongs

    cheap rubber backless sandals

  • Mozzie

    mosquito

  • Lurk

    illegal or underhanded racket

  • Lob, lob in

    drop in to see someone (the rellies have lobbed)

  • Lippy

    lipstick

  • Never Never

    the Outback, centre of Australia

  • Bored shitless

    very bored

  • Bush

    the hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in town

  • Brizzie

    Brisbane, state capital of Queensland

  • Date

    arse[hole] (get off your fat date)

  • Dero

    tramp, hobo, homeless person (from derelict)

  • Cockie

    cockatoo

  • Click

    kilometre - it's 10 clicks away

  • Corker

    something excellent. A good stroke in cricket might be described as a 'corker of a shot'

  • Counter lunch/Countery

    pub lunch

  • Veg out

    relax in front of the TV (like a vegetable)

  • Wog

    person of Mediterranean origin. A milder insult than the same word in the UK and perhaps elsewhere.

  • Wombat

    somebody who eats, roots and leaves (see also root)

  • Unit

    flat, apartment

  • Bull bar

    stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos (also roo bar)

  • Blue

    fight (he was having a blue with his wife)

  • Yabber

    talk (a lot)

  • Galah

    fool, silly person. Named after the bird of the same name because of its antics and the noise it makes.

  • Crack a fat

    get an erection

  • BYO

    unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own grog, also similar party or barbecue

  • Dummy, spit the

    get very upset at something

  • Shag on a rock, stands out like a

    very obvious

  • Shoot through

    to leave

  • Salute, Aussie

    brushing flies away

  • Salvos, the

    Salvation Army, bless them

  • Cleanskin

    cattle that have not been branded, earmarked or castrated.

  • Brown-eyed mullet

    a turd in the sea (where you're swimming!)

  • Bushranger

    highwayman, outlaw

  • Wowser

    straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport

  • Ute

    utility vehicle, pickup truck

  • Ugg boots

    Australian sheepskin boots worn by surfers since at least the 1960s to keep warm while out of the water. Also worn by airmen during WW1 and WW2 because of the need to maintain warmth in non-pressurized planes at high altitudes.

  • Knocker

    somebody who criticises

  • Uni

    university

  • Budgie smugglers

    men's bathing costume

  • Bodgy

    of inferior quality

  • Bog in

    commence eating, to attack food with enthusiasm

  • Bluey

    heavy wool or felt jacket worn by mining and construction workers.

  • Scratchy

    instant lottery ticket

  • Pommy shower

    using deodorant instead of taking a shower

  • Captain Cook

    look (noun) (let's have a Captain Cook)

  • Screamer

    party lover; two pot screamer - somebody who gets drunk on very little alcohol

  • Up oneself

    have a high opinion of oneself - he's really up himself

  • Seppo

    an American

  • Shark biscuit

    somebody new to surfing

  • Bog standard

    basic, unadorned, without accessories (a bog standard car, telephone etc.)

  • Ugg boots

    Australian sheepskin boots worn by surfers since at least the 1960s to keep warm while out of the water. Also worn by airmen during WW1 and WW2 because of the need to maintain warmth in non-pressurized planes at high altitudes.

  • Useful as an ashtray on a motorbike / tits on a bull

    unhelpful or incompetent person or thing - he, she or it is about as useful as tits on a bull etc. etc.

  • Bundy

    short for Bundaberg, Queensland, and the brand of rum that's made there

  • Flat out like a lizard drinking

    flat out, busy

  • Vedgies

    vegetables

  • Tucker

    food

  • Earbashing

    nagging, non-stop chatter

  • Cleanskin

    Bottle of wine without a label. Usually bought in bulk by companies who then add their own personalised label and use the wine as e.g. gifts to clients

  • Dog

    unattractive woman

  • Dunny budgie

    blowfly

  • Donger

    penis

  • Banana bender

    a person from Queensland

  • Crack onto (someone)

    to hit on someone, pursue someone romantically

  • Ekka

    the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show

  • Dog's eye

    meat pie

  • Dob (somebody) in

    inform on somebody. Hence dobber, a tell-tale

  • Doovalacky

    used whenever you can't remember what something is called. Thingummyjig, whatsit.

  • Bowl of rice, not my

    not my cup of tea; I don't like it

  • Bogan

    person who takes little pride in his appearance, spends his days slacking and drinking beer

  • Tallie

    750ml bottle of beer

  • Drink with the flies

    to drink alone

  • Face, off one's

    drunk (He was off his face by 9pm)

  • Fairy floss

    candy floss, cotton candy

  • Dead dingo's donger, as dry as a

    dry

  • Digger

    a soldier

  • Muddy

    mud crab (a great delicacy)

  • Flake

    shark's flesh (sold in fish & chips shops)

  • Figjam

    F*ck I'm good; just ask me. Nickname for people who have a high opinion of themselves.

  • Chook

    a chicken

  • Lippy

    lipstick

  • Flick

    to give something or somebody the flick is to get rid of it or him/her

  • Barbie

    barbecue (noun)

  • Drum

    information, tip-off (I'll give you the drum)

  • Doodle

    penis

  • Fossicker

    prospector, e.g. for gold

  • Good oil

    useful information, a good idea, the truth

  • Prezzy

    present, gift

  • Wuss

    coward; nervous person or animal

  • Fremantle Doctor

    the cooling afternoon breeze that arrives in Perth from the direction of Freeo

  • Handle

    beer glass with a handle

  • Ace!

    Excellent! Very good!

  • Matilda

    swagman's bedding, sleeping roll

  • Give it a burl

    try it, have a go

  • Gobful, give a

    to abuse, usually justifiably (The neighbours were having a noisy party so I went and gave them a gobful)

  • Turps

    turpentine, alcoholic drink

  • Chokkie

    chocolate

  • Standover man

    a large man, usually gang-related, who threatens people with physical violence in order to have his wishes carried out.

  • Hoon

    hooligan

  • Galah

    fool, silly person. Named after the bird of the same name because of its antics and the noise it makes.

  • Jillaroo

    a female trainee station manager or station hand

  • Whinge

    complain

  • Jumbuck

    sheep

  • Joey

    baby kangaroo

  • Hotel

    often just a pub

  • Kangaroos loose in the top paddock

    Intellectually inadequate (he's got kangaroos loose in the top paddock)

  • Salute, Aussie

    brushing flies away

  • Root rat

    somebody who is constantly looking for sex.

  • Jug

    electric kettle

  • Icy pole, ice block

    popsicle, lollypop

  • Sunbake

    sunbathe

  • Sheila

    a woman

  • Polly

    politician

  • WACA (pron. whacker)

    Western Australian Cricket Association and the Perth cricket ground

  • Gyno

    gynaecologist

  • Budgie smugglers

    men's bathing costume

  • Bushman's hanky

    Emitting nasal mucus by placing one index finger on the outside of the nose (thus blocking one nostril) and blowing.

  • Feral (n.)

    a hippie

  • Quid, make a

    earn a living - are you making a quid?

  • Rubbish (verb)

    to criticize

  • Perve (noun & verb)

    looking lustfully at the opposite sex

  • Technicolor yawn

    vomit

  • Arvo

    afternoon

  • Swaggie

    swagman

  • Road train

    big truck with many trailers

  • Fisho

    fishmonger

  • Donger

    penis

  • Icy pole, ice block

    popsicle, lollypop

  • Tall poppies

    successful people

  • Stuffed, I feel

    I'm tired

  • Ute

    utility vehicle, pickup truck

  • Bored shitless

    very bored

  • Rapt

    pleased, delighted

  • Yewy

    u-turn in traffic (chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights)

  • Bities

    biting insects

  • Tickets, to have on oneself

    to have a high opinion of oneself

  • Boil-over

    an unexpected (sporting) result

  • Heaps

    a lot, e.g. thanks heaps, (s)he earned heaps of money etc.

  • Oldies

    parents - I'll have to ask my oldies

  • Doco

    documentary

  • Corroboree

    an aboriginal dance festival

  • Docket

    a bill, receipt

  • Raw prawn, to come the

    to bullshit, to be generally disagreeable

  • Reffo

    refugee

  • Greenie

    environmentalist

  • Piss

    beer. Hence hit the piss, sink some piss

  • Ambo

    ambulance, ambulance driver

  • Cooee, within

    nearby - I was within cooee of landing a big fish when the line broke. He lives within cooee of Sydney.

  • Station

    a big farm/grazing property

  • Skull/Skol (a beer)

    to drink a beer in a single draught without taking a breath

  • Two up

    gambling game played by spinning two coins simultaneously

  • Give it a burl

    try it, have a go

  • Larrikin

    a bloke who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster

  • Aussie (pron. Ozzie)

    Australian

  • Bottling, his blood's worth

    he's an excellent, helpful bloke.

  • Fossicker

    prospector, e.g. for gold

  • GAFA (pron. gaffa)

    the big nothingness of the Australian Outback. Great Australian F**k All.

  • Gobsmacked

    surprised, astounded

  • White pointers

    topless (female) sunbathers

  • Damper

    bread made from flour and water

  • Dummy, spit the

    get very upset at something

  • Milk bar

    corner shop that sells takeaway food

  • Shag on a rock, stands out like a

    very obvious

  • Walkabout, it's gone

    it's lost, can't be found

  • Brass razoo, he hasn't got a

    he's very poor

  • Billy

    teapot. Container for boiling water.

  • Ocker

    an unsophisticated person

  • Maccas (pron. mackers)

    McDonald's (the hamburger place)

  • Crow eater

    a person from South Australia

  • Servo

    petrol station

  • Cockroach

    a person from New South Wales

  • Cozzie

    swimming costume

  • Tall poppy syndrome

    the tendency to criticize successful people

  • Squizz (noun)

    look - take a squizz at this

  • Apples, she'll be

    It'll be all right

  • Shout

    turn to buy - a round of drinks usually (it's your shout)

  • Nasho

    National Service (compulsory military service)

  • Beaut, beauty

    great, fantastic

  • Brown-eyed mullet

    a turd in the sea (where you're swimming!)

  • Cactus

    dead, not functioning (this bloody washing machine is cactus)

  • Sickie

    day off sick from work (chuck a sickie = take the day off sick from work when you're perfectly healthy!)

  • Wowser

    straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport

  • Longneck

    750ml bottle of beer in South Australia

  • Dropkick

    see 'dipstick'

  • Cranky

    in a bad mood, angry

  • Garbo, garbologist

    municipal garbage collector

  • Bail out

    depart, usually angrily

  • Woop Woop

    invented name for any small unimportant town - he lives in Woop Woop

  • Duffer, cattle

    rustler

  • Flick

    to give something or somebody the flick is to get rid of it or him/her

  • Spunk

    a good looking person (of either sex)

  • Chrissie

    Christmas

  • Turps, hit the

    go on a drinking binge

  • Whiteant (verb)

    to criticise something to deter somebody from buying it. A car dealer might whiteant another dealer's cars or a real estate salesman might whiteant another agent's property

  • Piker

    Someone who doesn't want to fit in with others socially, leaves parties early

  • Shit house (noun)

    toilet, lavatory

  • Chunder

    vomit

  • Wobbly boot on, he's got the

    drunk

  • Nipper

    young surf lifesaver

  • Bingle

    motor vehicle accident

  • Brekkie

    breakfast

  • Franger

    condom

  • Show pony

    someone who tries hard, by his dress or behaviour, to impress those around him.

  • Lurk

    illegal or underhanded racket

  • Hooroo

    goodbye

  • Mystery bag

    a sausage

  • Bail (somebody) up

    to corner somebody physically

  • Ekka

    the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show

  • Bloody

    very (bloody hard yakka)

  • Grog

    liquor, beer (bring your own grog, you bludger)

  • Rip snorter

    great, fantastic - it was a rip snorter of a party

  • Sook

    person or animal who is soft, tame, inoffensive. Hence sooky (adj.)

  • Bunyip

    mythical outback creature

  • Fairy floss

    candy floss, cotton candy

  • Paddock

    see 'long paddock'

  • Brizzie

    Brisbane, state capital of Queensland

  • Smoko

    smoke or coffee break

  • Swag

    rolled up bedding etc. carried by a swagman

  • No worries!

    Expression of forgiveness or reassurance (No problem; forget about it; I can do it; Yes, I'll do it)

  • Thongs

    cheap rubber backless sandals

  • Stubby

    a 375ml. beer bottle

  • Whacker, whacka

    Idiot; somebody who talks drivel; somebody with whom you have little patience; a dickhead

  • Black Stump, beyond the

    a long way away, the back of nowhere

  • Tinny, tin-arsed

    lucky

  • Buck's night

    stag party, male gathering the night before the wedding

  • XXXX

    pronounced Four X, brand of beer made in Queensland

  • Dead horse

    Tomato sauce

  • Christmas

    see Bourke Street

  • Lair

    a flashily dressed young man of brash and vulgar behaviour, to dress up in flashy clothes, to renovate or dress up something in bad taste

  • Grinning like a shot fox

    very happy, smugly satisfied

  • Plate, bring a

    Instruction on party or BBQ invitation to bring your own food. It doesn't mean they're short of crockery!

  • Harold Holt, to do the

    To bolt. (Also to do the Harold)

  • Muddy

    mud crab (a great delicacy)

  • Stickybeak

    nosy person

  • Battler

    someone working hard and only just making a living

  • Mull

    grass (the kind you smoke)

  • Roadie

    a beer you buy to take away with you

  • Rellie or relo

    family relative

  • Mystery bag

    a sausage

  • Manchester

    Household linen, eg sheets etc.

  • Tee-up

    to set up (an appointment)

  • Jillaroo

    a female trainee station manager or station hand

  • Muster

    round up sheep or cattle

  • Kelpie

    Australian sheepdog originally bred from Scottish collie

  • Surfies

    people who go surfing - usually more often than they go to work!

  • G'Day

    hello!

  • Duchess

    sideboard

  • Snag

    a sausage

  • Good oil

    useful information, a good idea, the truth

  • B & S

    Bachelors' and Spinsters' Ball - a very enjoyable party usually held in rural areas

  • Oz

    Australia!

  • Bastard

    term of endearment

  • Counter lunch/Countery

    pub lunch

  • Bizzo

    business (mind your own bizzo)

  • Dunny

    outside lavatory

  • Pom, pommy, pommie

    an Englishman • See the complaint about Pom etc.

  • Outback

    interior of Australia

  • Pig's arse!

    I don't agree with you

  • Blue

    fight (he was having a blue with his wife)

  • Vinnie's

    St. Vincent De Paul's (charity thrift stores and hostels)

  • Paddock

    see 'long paddock'

  • Piker

    Someone who doesn't want to fit in with others socially, leaves parties early

  • Dinkum, fair dinkum

    true, real, genuine (I'm a dinkum Aussie; is he fair dinkum?)

  • Blowie

    blow fly

  • Pav

    Pavlova - a rich, creamy Australian / New Zealand dessert

  • Pint

    large glass of beer (esp. in South Australia)

  • Rock up

    to turn up, to arrive - we rocked up at their house at 8pm

  • Metho

    methylated spirits

  • Piece of piss

    easy task

  • Right, that'd be

    Accepting bad news as inevitable. (I went fishing but caught nothing. Yeah, that'd be right.)

  • Rage

    party

  • Postie

    postman, mailman

  • Ratbag

    mild insult

  • Bonzer

    great, ripper

  • Pozzy

    position - get a good pozzy at the football stadium

  • Rage on

    to continue partying - we raged on until 3am

  • Rage

    party

  • Seppo

    an American

  • Ripper, you little!

    Exclamation of delight or as a reaction to good news

  • Journo

    journalist

  • Booze bus

    police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers

  • Grundies

    undies, underwear (from Reg Grundy, a television person)

  • Blow in the bag

    have a breathalyser test

  • Dag

    a funny person, nerd, goof

  • Pozzy

    position - get a good pozzy at the football stadium

  • Fremantle Doctor

    the cooling afternoon breeze that arrives in Perth from the direction of Freeo

  • Ripper

    great, fantastic - it was a ripper party

  • Spag bol

    spaghetti bolognese

  • Offsider

    an assistant, helper

  • Kindie

    kindergarten

  • Op shop

    opportunity shop, thrift store, place where second hand goods are sold.

  • Dill

    an idiot

  • Furphy

    false or unreliable rumour

  • Outback

    interior of Australia

  • Weekend warrior

    army reservist

  • Dunny rat, cunning as a

    very cunning

  • Taswegian

    derogatory term for a person from Tasmania

  • Lair it up

    to behave in a brash and vulgar manner

  • Daks

    trousers

  • Come a gutser

    make a bad mistake, have an accident

  • Wog

    flu or trivial illness

  • Pokies

    poker machines, fruit machines, gambling slot machines

  • Bodgy

    of inferior quality

  • Right, she'll be

    it'll be all right

  • Corker

    something excellent. A good stroke in cricket might be described as a 'corker of a shot'

  • Ankle biter

    small child

  • Cockie

    cockatoo

  • Shoot through

    to leave

  • Unit

    flat, apartment

  • Uni

    university

  • Dunny budgie

    blowfly

  • Yabby

    inland freshwater crayfish found in Australia (Cherax destructor)

  • No drama

    same as 'no worries'

  • Spewin'

    very angry

  • Freckle

    anus

  • Mate

    buddy, friend

  • Grouse (adj.)

    great, terrific, very good

  • Up somebody, get

    to rebuke somebody - the boss got up me for being late

  • Bull bar

    stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos (also roo bar)

  • Mug

    friendly insult (have a go, yer mug), gullible person

  • Divvy van

    Police vehicle used for transporting criminals. Named after the protective 'division' between the driver and the villains.

  • Thingo

    Wadjamacallit, thingummy, whatsit

  • Skite

    boast, brag

  • Dingo's breakfast

    a yawn, a leak and a good look round (i.e. no breakfast)

  • Joey

    baby kangaroo

  • Fruit loop

    fool

  • Down Under

    Australia and New Zealand

  • Pav

    Pavlova - a rich, creamy Australian / New Zealand dessert

  • Zack

    sixpence (5 cents) - it isn't worth a zack, he hasn't got a zack

  • Pash

    a long passionate kiss; hence pashing on

  • Moolah

    money

  • Billabong

    an oxbow lake cut off by a change in the watercourse. Billabongs are usually formed when the course of a creek or river changes, leaving the former branch with a dead end.

  • Dog's balls, stands out like

    obvious

  • Rotten

    drunk - I went out last night and got rotten

  • Pint

    large glass of beer (esp. in South Australia)

  • Freo

    Fremantle in Western Australia

  • Dinky-di

    the real thing, genuine

  • Butcher

    small glass of beer in South Australia - From the theory that a butcher could take a quick break from his job, have a drink and be back at work

  • Mozzie

    mosquito

  • Tea

    supper

  • Lob, lob in

    drop in to see someone (the rellies have lobbed)

  • Brumby

    a wild horse

  • Sandgroper

    a person from Western Australia

  • Sanger

    a sandwich

  • Crack a fat

    get an erection

  • Strewth

    exclamation, mild oath (Strewth, that Chris is a bonzer bloke)

  • Bushranger

    highwayman, outlaw

  • Tinny

    small aluminium boat

  • Strine

    Australian slang and pronunciation

  • Big Smoke

    a big city, especially Sydney or Melbourne

  • Milko

    milkman

  • Rage on

    to continue partying - we raged on until 3am

  • Lollies

    sweets, candy

  • Feral

    V8 ute (q.v.) sporting large heavy bullbar, numerous aerials, large truck mudflaps and stickers almost all over the rear window and tailgate. Sometimes seen with a Mack emblem on the bonnet and always with large (multiple) driving lights

  • Lend of, to have a

    to take advantage of somebody's gullibility, to have someone on (he's having a lend of you)

  • Fair suck of the sav!

    exclamation of wonder, awe, disbelief (see also sav)

  • Sheepshagger

    A New Zealander

  • Tucker-bag

    food bag

  • Shit house (adj.)

    of poor quality, unenjoyable (this car is shit house, the movie was shit house)

  • O.S.

    overseas (he's gone O.S.)

  • Stubby

    a 375ml. beer bottle

  • Strewth

    exclamation, mild oath (Strewth, that Chris is a bonzer bloke)

  • Dog

    unattractive woman

  • Not the full quid

    not bright intellectually

  • Stonkered

    beaten, defeated, cornered, perplexed

  • Stuffed, I feel

    I'm tired

  • Swaggie

    swagman

  • Jackaroo

    a male trainee station manager or station hand (a station is a big farm/grazing property)

  • Boomer

    a large male kangaroo

  • Strides

    trousers

  • Stickybeak

    nosy person

  • Tall poppies

    successful people

  • Conch (adj. conchy)

    a conscientious person. Somebody who would rather work or study than go out and enjoy him/herself.

  • Sprung

    caught doing something wrong

  • Vee dub

    Volkswagen

  • Tallie

    750ml bottle of beer

  • Throw-down

    small bottle of beer which you can throw down quickly.

  • Cubby house

    Small, usually timber, house in the garden used as a children's plaything.

  • Bondi cigar

    see brown-eyed mullet

  • Tinny

    can of beer

  • Too right!

    definitely!

  • Mull

    grass (the kind you smoke)

  • Mexican

    a person from south of the Queensland or New South Wales border

  • Tinny, tin-arsed

    lucky

  • Trackie daks/dacks

    tracksuit pants

  • Strides

    trousers

  • Cream (verb)

    defeat by a large margin

  • True blue

    patriotic

  • Pig's arse!

    I don't agree with you

  • Dux

    top of the class (n.); to be top of the class (v.) - She duxed four of her subjects.

  • Yobbo

    an uncouth person

  • Truckie

    truck driver

  • Ugh

    ugly. hence Ugg boots

  • Rollie

    a cigarette that you roll yourself

  • Boozer

    a pub

  • Stubby holder

    polystyrene insulated holder for a stubby

  • Lunch, who opened their?

    OK, who farted?

  • Drongo

    a dope, stupid person

  • Veg out

    relax in front of the TV (like a vegetable)

  • Fair go

    a chance (give a bloke a fair go)

  • Ropeable

    very angry

  • Bushie

    someone who lives in the Bush

  • Cut lunch commando

    army reservist

  • Figjam

    F*ck I'm good; just ask me. Nickname for people who have a high opinion of themselves.

  • Trackie daks/dacks

    tracksuit pants

  • Root (verb and noun)

    synonym for f*ck in nearly all its senses

  • Mob

    family or herd (?) of kangaroos

  • Bikkie

    biscuit (also it cost big bikkies - it was expensive)

  • Clucky

    feeling broody or maternal

  • Stonkered

    beaten, defeated, cornered, perplexed

  • Scratchy

    instant lottery ticket

  • Rack off

    push off! get lost! get out of here! also rack off hairy legs!.

  • Holy dooley!

    an exclamation of surprise = Good heavens!, My goodness! Good grief! or similar

  • Good onya

    good for you, well done

  • Piece of piss

    easy task

  • Cobber

    friend

  • Bog in

    commence eating, to attack food with enthusiasm

  • Barrack

    to cheer on (football team etc.)

  • Middy

    285 ml beer glass in New South Wales

  • Cockie

    farmer (Farmers were called cockies in the early days of European settlement because, like the birds of the same name, they made their homes on the edges of permanent waterholes)

  • Roo

    kangaroo

  • Brickie

    bricklayer

  • Knock back

    refusal (noun), refuse (transitive verb)

  • Aussie salute

    brushing away flies with the hand

  • Never Never

    the Outback, centre of Australia

  • Mappa Tassie

    map of Tasmania - a woman's pubic area

  • Stuffed, I'll be

    expression of surprise

  • Mallee bull, as fit as a

    very fit and strong. The Mallee is very arid beef country in Victoria/South Australia.

  • Aerial pingpong

    Australian Rules football

  • Cab Sav

    Cabernet Sauvignon (a variety of wine grape)

  • Cut snake, mad as a

    very angry

  • Bush oyster

    nasal mucus

  • Bottle-o

    liquor shop (originally a man with hessian bags going around picking up beer bottles in the 50's and 60's)

  • Wombat

    somebody who eats, roots and leaves (see also root)

  • Useful as an ashtray on a motorbike / tits on a bull

    unhelpful or incompetent person or thing - he, she or it is about as useful as tits on a bull etc. etc.

  • Bottle shop

    liquor shop

  • Click

    kilometre - it's 10 clicks away

  • Vejjo

    vegetarian

  • Chewie

    chewing gum

  • Bluey

    heavy wool or felt jacket worn by mining and construction workers.

  • Bourke Street, he doesn't know Christmas from

    he's a bit slow in the head. (Bourke Street is a brightly lit Melbourne street)

  • London to a brick

    absolute certainty (it's London to a brick that taxes won't go down)

  • Compo

    Workers' Compensation pay

  • Gutful of piss

    drunk, he's got a gutful of piss

  • Doovalacky

    used whenever you can't remember what something is called. Thingummyjig, whatsit.

  • Bitzer

    mongrel dog (bits of this and bits of that)

  • Face, off one's

    drunk (He was off his face by 9pm)

  • Date

    arse[hole] (get off your fat date)

  • Quid, not the full

    of low IQ. [Historical note

  • Kero

    kerosene

  • Troppo, gone

    to have escaped to a state of tropical madness; to have lost the veneer of civilisation after spending too long in the tropics.

  • She'll be right

    it'll turn out okay

  • Kangaroos loose in the top paddock

    Intellectually inadequate (he's got kangaroos loose in the top paddock)

  • Fair dinkum

    true, genuine

  • Flick it on

    to sell something, usually for a quick profit, soon after buying it.

  • Pommy's towel, as dry as a

    very dry - based on the canard that Poms bathe about once a month

  • Nuddy, in the

    naked

  • Vedgies

    vegetables

  • Full

    drunk

  • Dickhead

    see whacker

  • Stoked

    very pleased

  • Pink slip, get the

    get the sack (from the colour of the termination form)

  • Amber fluid

    beer

  • Spruiker

    man who stands outside a nightclub or restaurant trying to persuade people to enter

  • Wobbly

    excitable behaviour (I complained about the food and the waiter threw a wobbly)

  • Frog in a sock, as cross as a

    sounding angry - a person or your hard drive!

  • Cark it

    to die, cease functioning

  • Avos

    avocados

  • Spiffy, pretty spiffy

    great, excellent

  • Old fella

    penis

  • Gobful, give a

    to abuse, usually justifiably (The neighbours were having a noisy party so I went and gave them a gobful)

  • Roo bar

    stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos (also bull bar)

  • Bush telly

    campfire

  • Reckon!

    you bet! Absolutely!

  • Clacker

    anus (from Latin cloaca = sewer). Also the single orifice of monotremes (platypus and echidna) used both for reproduction and for the elimination of body wastes.

  • Crook

    sick, or badly made

  • Schooner

    large beer glass in Queensland; medium beer glass in South Australia

  • Dero

    tramp, hobo, homeless person (from derelict)

  • Lizard drinking, flat out like a

    flat out, busy

  • Dog's eye

    meat pie

  • Durry

    tobacco, cigarette

  • Footy

    Australian Rules football

  • Buckley's, Buckley's chance

    no chance (New Zealand stands Buckley's of beating Australia at football)

  • Coldie

    a beer

  • Bluey

    blue cattle dog (named after its subtle markings) which is an excellent working dog. Everyone's favourite all-Aussie dog.

  • Swagman

    tramp, hobo

  • Lucky Country, The

    Australia, where else?

  • Dipstick

    a loser, idiot

  • Long paddock

    the side of the road where livestock is grazed during droughts

  • Blue, make a

    make a mistake

  • Going off

    used of a night spot or party that is a lot of fun - the place was really going off

  • Fossick

    search, rummage (fossicking through the kitchen drawers)

  • True blue

    patriotic

  • Pot

    285 ml beer glass in Queensland and Victoria

  • Nun's nasty, as dry as a

    dry

  • Bluey

    pack, equipment, traffic ticket, redhead

  • Yakka

    work (noun)

  • Chuck a sickie

    take the day off sick from work when you're perfectly healthy

  • Truckie

    truck driver

  • Shonky

    dubious, underhanded. E.g. a shonky practice, shonky business etc.

  • Porky

    Lie, untruth (pork pie = lie)

  • No-hoper

    somebody who'll never do well

  • Mickey Mouse

    excellent, very good. Beware though - in some parts of Australia it means inconsequential, frivolous or not very good!

  • Rort (verb or noun)

    Cheating, fiddling, defrauding (expenses, the system etc.). Usually used of politicians

  • Cooee, not within

    figuratively a long way away, far off - England weren't within cooee of beating Australia at cricket

  • Cleanskin

    cattle that have not been branded, earmarked or castrated.

  • Back of Bourke

    a very long way away

  • Rego

    vehicle registration

  • Trackies

    track suit

  • Sav

    saveloy (see also fair suck of the sav!)

  • Exy

    expensive

  • Screamer

    party lover; two pot screamer - somebody who gets drunk on very little alcohol

  • Postie

    postman, mailman

  • Bottler

    something excellent

  • Brick shit house, built like a

    big strong bloke

  • Port

    suitcase (portmanteau)

  • Knock

    to criticise

  • Liquid laugh

    vomit

  • Drink with the flies

    to drink alone

  • Bathers

    swimming costume

  • Too right!

    definitely!

  • Waggin' school

    playing truant

  • Naughty, have a

    have sex

  • Gabba

    Wooloongabba - the Brisbane cricket ground

  • Salvos, the

    Salvation Army, bless them

  • Fly wire

    gauze flyscreen covering a window or doorway.

  • Ripper

    great, fantastic - it was a ripper party

  • Tinny

    can of beer

  • Bogged

    Stuck in mud, deep sand (a vehicle).

  • Cockie

    cockroach

  • Cat burying shit, as busy as a

    busy

  • Big-note oneself

    brag, boast

  • Fossick

    to prospect, e.g. for gold

  • Flake

    shark's flesh (sold in fish & chips shops)

  • Hotel

    often just a pub

  • Nut out

    hammer out or work out (an agreement, say)

  • Bloke

    man, guy

  • Cat's piss, as mean as

    mean, stingy, uncharitable

  • Cane toad

    a person from Queensland

  • Clayton's

    fake, substitute

  • Cut lunch

    sandwiches

  • Ridgy-didge

    original, genuine

  • Jug

    electric kettle

  • Walkabout

    a walk in the Outback by Aborigines that lasts for an indefinite amount of time

  • Coathanger

    Sydney Harbour bridge

  • Dob (somebody) in

    inform on somebody. Hence dobber, a tell-tale

  • Plonk

    cheap wine

  • Bluey

    bluebottle jellyfish

  • Mob

    group of people, not necessarily troublesome

  • Bludger

    lazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on other people to do things or lend him things

  • Pommy bastard

    an Englishman (see also 'bastard')

  • Top End

    far north of Australia

  • Up oneself

    have a high opinion of oneself - he's really up himself

  • Dole bludger

    somebody on social assistance when unjustified

  • Mate's rate, mate's discount

    cheaper than usual for a friend

  • Spit the dummy

    get very upset at something

  • Mongrel

    despicable person

  • Cook (noun)

    One's wife

  • Deadset

    true, the truth

  • Trough lolly

    the solid piece of perfumed disinfectant in a men's urinal

  • Slab

    a carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer

  • Bloody oath!

    that's certainly true

  • Bush bash

    long competitive running or motorcar race through the bush

  • Sunnies

    sunglasses

  • Hottie

    hot water bottle

  • Wog

    person of Mediterranean origin. A milder insult than the same word in the UK and perhaps elsewhere.

  • Goog, as full as a

    drunk. Goog is a variation of the northern English slangword goggie meaning an egg.

  • Sleepout

    house verandah converted to a bedroom

  • Bounce

    a bully