About Australia (Culture)
Aussie Slang (A Fair Dinkum Dictionary)

Australian English is notorious for it’s colourful and seemingly endless collection of slang terms and sayings. Listed below are some of the more common sayings that you may encounter on your trip Down Under: 

  •  Alice, The      Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

  •  Amber fluid      Beer

  •  Ankle-biter     A small child. 

  •  Apple Isle,The     Tasmania, our only island state.

  •  Arvo      Afternoon.

  •  Bag of fruit       Rhyming slang for a man’s suit.

  •  Banana Bender      A person from Queensland.

  •  Barbie       Barbecue.

  •  Bastard      A term of abuse, but it can also be one of male endearment as in,  “G’day you silly old bastard.” Warning: use it  in a  jocular  way  or you may get  into  a blue!

  •  Beaut or beauty      Great!  Terrific! Also pronounced beaudy, or bewdy. 

  •  Billabong     water hole in a dry riverbed. 

  •  Billy      A metal can, usually tin, enamelware or aluminium used for making tea over an open fire. 

  •  Bloke       A male.

  •  Blowie      Blowfly.  Sometimes jokingly referred to  as Australia’s national bird. 

  •  Brolly      An umbrella.

  •  Bull artist     A teller of tall tales; a braggart. 

  •  Bundy       The town of Bundaberg in Queensland.  Also the name of a popular brand of rum.

  •  Coat hanger, The      Term for the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

  •  Cobber      A close friend. 

  •  Crook       To be sick or no good; also angry. 

  •  Dunny      Originally an unsewered toilet at the bottom of the garden now used generally for the toilet.

  •  Earbasher     Someone who talks endlessly; a bore.

  •  Fair dinkum      True, genuine; an assertion of truth or genuineness. 

  •  Footy      Refers to either Rugby League, Rugby Union, or Australian Rules football, which is very popular in Melbourne. 

  •  G’Day      Good day. 

  •  Grog      General name for all alcohol. 

  •  Hard yakka      Hard work.

  •  Legless      Someone who is so drunk they can’t walk. 

  •  Mate      Friend, buddy.  The  great Australian leveller.  Anyone can be your mate, from the Prime Minister to the bloke next‑door.  Also, affectionate term for a close friend.  “G’Day mate,” is a common Aussie greeting.

  •  Middy      A medium‑sized (9oz) glass of beer (New South Wales and Western Australia).

  •  Mozzie      Mosquito.

  •  No worries     Don’t worry, everything is okay. 

  •  Rager      Someone who likes to party. 

  •  Sanger       Sandwich.

  •  Schooner      Large glass of beer (15oz).

  •  Shout       To pay for a round of drinks, also used when    buying   anything   for another person.  In  an Aussie pub you’ll  often hear, “It’s your shout, mate.”   

  •  Six-pack     Package of six cans or bottles of beer. 

  •  Snag      A light meal, but most commonly a sausage.  See barbie. 

  •  Snaky      To be angry. 

  •  Sparrow fart     Very early in the morning. 

  •   Stubby     A short, squat bottle of beer.

  •  Tassie     Tasmania.

  •  Tinnie     A can of beer.

  •  Tomato sauce     Ketchup.

  •  Top End      The northern   part   of the Northern Territory.  A Top‑Ender is a resident of this area.

  •  Troppo     To “go troppo” is to be mentally disturbed.  The original usage  probably came from illness caused by too much time spent under the tropical sun of northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. 

  •  Tube      Can of beer.

  •  Tucker      To eat food.  

  •  Ute     Utility truck or pick‑up truck.

  •  Vegemite      Sometimes referred to as Australia’s national food.  Loved by all true  blue Aussies,  Vegemite  is   a  brown  yeast extract spread on toast and sandwiches. 

Most Australians do, in fact, speak a different sort of English. Here is Goway's guide to some of the most common words and phrases in "Strine" (Australian)  Some of the lingo has its roots in the rhyming slang of London's Cockney. For instance, "let's hit the frog and toad" really means "let's get on the road". Some people say that Aussies talk through their noses, giving a nasal twang to their words. Others say Australians have developed lazy speech habits such as not opening their mouths or moving their lips sufficiently. But, of course, none of this is true as exemplified by the following:  
"Oweryerdoon, orrite?"  
"Egg nishner"  
"Scettin' lairder  
Emma Chisit?"  
"Gloria Soame"
How are you doing, alright?  
Air conditioner  
"It's getting louder "  
How much is it?  
Glorious home
To talk Strine, another good tip is to simply shorten a long word and then add a vowel on the end, eg. barbecue becomes "barbie" and afternoon becomes "arvo"  

Don't be alarmed if you do not remember all of the above.  If you speak "regular" English, you will probably be understood. If you don't understand someone talking to you in Strine, just tell them where you are from and ask them to repeat what they said.  

Arvo - Afternoon  
Ava go ya mug - traditional rallying call, especially at cricket matches.  
Be so far ahead one can't hear the Band, to - to be intoxicated.  
Back o'Bourke - middle of nowhere; beyond normal civilization.  
Banana Bender - resident of Queensland.  
Bag of fruit - suit  
Barney - dispute orangemen
Barrack - to cheer (for a sports team)
Battler - a persistent trier, one who struggles for a livelihood
Beaut - exclamation of approval
Big note - to exaggerate one's wealth
Bite - to borrow money
Bathers - swimming costume  
Beyond the black stump - Outback, well beyond civilization  
Bikie - biker  
Bikkie - biscuit  
Billabong - Pond in an otherwise dry stream  
Billy Can - A container used to boil tea on an open fire in the bush  
Billy Tea - Tea boiled over an open fire in an old tin bucket  
Black Stump - where the middle of nowhere begins  
Bloke - a man  
Bodgie - faulty, false; a hoodlum.  
Boot - trunk of a car  
Blowies - blow flies  
Bludge - to rely without reasonable cause on the kindness of strangers; a lazy or ungrateful person.  
Bludger - lazy person, one who won't work  
Brolly - umbrella  
Blue - fight  
Bluey - nickname for a red-haired person; also a type of Australian dog.  
Bonza - great, wonderful  
Brekkie - breakfast.  
Buckleys - ("you've got buckleys") no chance.  
Bunyip - mythical Australian animal.  
Bushbash/bushbashing - to travel or force your way through dense bush.  
BYO - ("bring your own"), to take your own alcohol to a restaurant/party.  
Chewy - chewing gum.  
China - mate, but not as familiar (rhyming slang derived from "china plate").  
Chiko roll - junk food that can only be compared to a large spring roll.  
Chockablock - full to the brim.  
Chook - chicken.  
Chrissie - Christmas.  
Chop someone in, to - to include; to share.  
Cleanskin - a novice.  
Cobber - old term for mate.  
Corroboree - Aboriginal ceremonial dance or celebratory meeting.  
Cozzie - Bathing suit (also togs or swimmers).  
Crow eater - resident of South Australia.  
Damper - unleavened bread traditionally cooked on a camp fire.  
Dead set - correct, affirmative.  
Decko - a look; a glance.  
Dial - face.  
Digger - an honest man, a hard worker, a patriot. (Originally a minor) 
Dim sims - fast food that resembles a Chinese Dim Sum but usually sold in fish and chip shops  
Dinkum/fair dinkum - honest, genuine.  
Dinky-di - the real thing.  
Dob in, to - to inform, to "grass".  
Dog and bone - telephone  
Don't come the raw prawn - don't try to fool me. To impose on or deceive. 
Drongo - worthless person.  
Drover - Mounted herdsman. Sheep or cattle.
Drown worms, to - to waste time  
Dunny - toilet  
Earbash - talk non-stop.  
Entree - the appetizer not the main course.  
Fair crack of the whip - give us a break.  
Flat chat / full bore / full tilt - full speed; full strength  
Footpath - sidewalk.  
Fossicking - rock hounding.  
Full as a goog - to be sufficiently fed; to be inebriated ("goog" is an abbreviation of the childish term 'googy' or egg).  
Galah - silly person, also a noisy parrot.  
Gaggle - group  
Garbo - someone who collects garbage.  
G'day - Hello, welcome.  
G'bye - Farewell (the last thing you'll want to say.  
Give someone a ring, to - to make a telephone call  
Goose - a silly confused overly meticulous person  
Grazier - large scale sheep or cattle farmer.  
Grouse - very good.  
Gurgler - toilet  
Good oil, the- something genuine; the truth.  
Hammer and tong - full speed; full force  
Hit the toe - get going
Hit the frog and toad, to - to get going     
Ice Block - popsicle (also called an "icy pole")  
Jackaroo - young male ranch hand (Jillaroo is the female)  
Jaffle - toasted sandwich  
Jellyknees - a weak person; a coward; a procrastinator.  
Jumbuck - sheep  
Jumper - sweater  
Jungle drums - gossip  
Kick a goal, to - to be successful; to get ahead  
Kick into a stiff breeze, to - to be unsuccessful  
Put the kybosh on something, to - to cause to stop; to close something down.  
Lamington - squares of sponge cake covered in chocolate icing and coconut sprinkles  
Lino - linoleum  
Lollies - candies  
Mail, the - news  
Mate - a friend  
Merino - breed of sheep  
Mexican - New South Wales people call those from Victoria (due to their lower geographical location)  
Milk bar - corner store.  
Mozzies - mosquitoes.  
Mug - a fool; to imitate  
Mustering - roundup of sheep or cattle  
Nipper - child  
No worries - no problem, not a problem  
Nuddie, in the - in the nude
Outback - remote part of the bush  
Ocker - yobbo  
On the knocker - on the mark or target  
Oz - some say the best  
Pastoralist - Large scale grazier  
Pom - if you are English you will get to know the word quickly as it is the almost affectionate - term for English people (supposedly originates from the term Prisoner of Mother country)  
Pommie - an Englishman  
Postie - mailman  
Queue - a line for a bus or anything else  
Ridgy-didge - original, genuine  
Ripper/Little ripper - good (said to someone who has done something good)  
Road Train - lorry with several trailers (driven outside of cities)  
Rooted - tired  
Ropable - angry  
Sandgroper - someone from Western Australia  
Sandshoes - sneakers  
Serviette - table napkin  
Sheila - a woman (this Irish name was so popular among immigrants that it was always safe to call a woman by it)  
She'll be right - not a problem, don't worry  
Shout - treat someone, usually to a drink "It's your shout, mate"  
Sickie - to take a day off work (supposedly from being sick)
Smoko - tea-break, break for a cigarette  
Snags - sausages, bangers  
Sport - mate , "G'day sport"  
Stark bollockers - naked (also see Nuddie) 
Station - large ranch  
Stubbie - small bottle of beer  
Swag - item used for sleeping outdoors  
Sweet as a nut - perfect  
Sweets - dessert  
Swish - fancy, elegant; to act effeminately  
Ta - thank you  
Ta-Ta - goodbye  
Taxi Rank - taxi stand  
Tassie - Tasmanian  
Taswegian - resident of Tasmania  
Thongs - flip flops or sandles  
Tinnie - can of beer  
Togs - swimming costume (Queensland)  
Trouble and strife - wife  
True Blue - genuine Australian item/person  
Tube - can of beer (also tinny)  
Tucker - food (Aboriginal word)  
Two-up - an extremely popular though illegal gambling game involving the tossing of a coin  
Uni - university.  
Ute - (utility) - pick-up truck (usually with a dog or two in the back)  
Veggies - vegetables  
Vegemite - the diet of all Aussies (similar to Marmite)  
Wag - to skip school  
Walkabout - to go walkaround, disappear for awhile  
Wet (the wet) - rainy season in Northern Australia  
Whingeing Pom - ("bloody whingeing pom"), the worst type of Pom, one who complains alot  
Witchetty grub - little white worms, traditionally eaten by Aboriginals as a delicacy  
Woop-woop - a remote place  
Woosie - same as "big girl's blouse"  
Yahoo - yobbo  
Youse (pronounced as "use"} - refers to others when there is more than one ie. plural to you  
Yabbie - small freshwater crayfish  
Yakka - hard work (an Aboriginal word)