1001 Australian Slang Words And Phrases

Thetraveljunkie.org – Last term, we learned Australian slang words and phrases at Tafe Queensland. There are lots of Australian slang words that we should learn when we live in Australia. Whether we’re here for work and holiday, this list of 1001 Australian slang words and phrases will help us understand the Aussies like a local.

A Cold One – Beer

A doovelacki – a thing

Accadacca – How Aussies refer to Australian band ACDC

Ambo – ambulance

Ankle Biter – Child

Arvo – Afternoon (S’Arvo – this afternoon!)

Aussie Salute – Wave to scare the flies

Avo – Avocado

BAE – Acronym for “before anyone else”

Bail – To cancel plans. ‘Bruce bailed’ = Bruce isn’t going to turn up.

Barbie – Barbecue

Bathers – Swimsuit

Beauty! – Great! Most often exclaimed as “You Beauty”

Billabong – A pond in a dry riverbed

Billy – Teapot (In the Outback on the fire)

Bloody – Very. Used to extenuate a point

Bloody oath – yes or its true. “You right mate?”… “Bloody Oath”

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’)

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.

Bonza – fantastic

Booze Bus – Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers

Boardies – Board shorts

Bottle-O – Bottle Shop, basically a place to buy alcohol

Boujee or bougie – Short for bourgeois

Brekky – Breakfast

Brolly – Umbrella

Bruce – An Aussie Bloke

Buckleys Chance – little chance (Buckley’s Chance Wiktionary)

Budgie Smugglers – Speedos

Buggered – Exhausted

Bush – “Out in the bush” – “he’s gone bush” In the countryside away from civilisation

Cab Sav – Cabernet Sauvignon

Cactus – Dead, Broken

Choc A Bloc – Full

Choccy – Chocolate

Choccy Biccy – Chocolate Biscuit

Chook – Chicken

Chrissie – Christmas

Chuck a u-ey – Do a u-turn

Ciggy – a Cigarette

Clucky – feeling maternal

Cobber – Very good friend. ‘Alright me ‘ol cobber’.

Coldie – Beer. ‘Come over for a few coldie’s mate.’

Coppers – Policemen

Crack the shits – Getting angry at someone or something

Crikey – an expression of surprise

Crook – Being ill or angry; ‘Don’t go crook on me for getting crook’

Cuppa – Cup of tea or coffee

Dag – Someone who’s a bit of a nerd or geek

Daks – Trousers. ‘Tracky daks’ = sweatpants (tracksuit pants)

Dardy – meaning “cool”, is used amongst South West Australian Aboriginal peoples and has also been adopted by non-indigenous teens.

Deadset – True

Defo – Definitely

Dero – Derelict

Devo – Devastated

Din dins – Dinner

Drive fast – Plant the foot

Drongo – a Fool, ‘Don’t be a drongo mate’

Dunny – Toilet

Durry – Cigarette

Esky – An insulated container that keeps things cold (usually beers)

Facey – Facebook

Fair Dinkum – ‘Fair Dinkum?’ … ‘Fair Dinkum!’ = Honestly? … Yeah honestly!

Flannie / Flanno – flannelette shirt

Flat out – Really busy – “Flat out like a lizard drinking” – As busy as a bee

Footy – Football (AFL / Aussie Rules)

FOMO – Acronym for “fear of missing out” Frothy – Beer

F*ck Me Dead – that’s unfortunate, that surprises me

Furphy – rumours or stories that are improbable or absurd

G’day – Hello

Galah – an Australian cockatoo with a reputation for not being bright, hence a galah is also a stupid person.

Gnarly – awesome – often used by surfers

GOAT – Acronym for “great of all time”

Going off – busy, lots of people / angry person “he’s going off”

Good On Ya – Good work

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.

Hard yakka – Hard work

Heaps – loads, lots, many

Hols – holidays

Hoon – Hooligan (normally driving badly!)

Iffy – bit risky or unreasonable

Knickers – female underwear

Lappy – Laptop

Larrikin – Someone who’s always up for a laugh, bit of a harmless prankster

Legless – Someone who is really drunk

Lollies – Sweets

Maccas – McDonalds

Manchester – Sheets / Linen etc. If you’re from England, finding a department within a shop called Manchester could seriously confuse you

Mate – Friend

Mint – Usually means cool or nice. “Man, that car is mint.”

Mongrel – Someone who’s a bit of a dick

Mozzie – Mosquito

No Drama – No problem / it’s ok

No Worries – No problem / it’s ok

No Wucka’s – A truly Aussie way to say ‘no worries’

Nuddy – Naked

Num-nums – Tasty party food

Outback – The interior of Australia, “The Outback” is more remote than those areas named “the bush”

Pash – to kiss

Piece of Piss – easy

Piss Off – go away, get lost

Piss Up – a party, a get together and in Australia – most social occasions

Piss – (To Piss) to urinate

Pissed – Intoxicated, Drunk

Pissed Off – Annoyed

Rack Off – The less offensive way to tell someone to ‘F Off’!

Rapt – Very happy

Reckon – for sure. ‘You Reckon?’… ‘I reckon!’

Rellie / Rello – Relatives

Ripper – ‘You little ripper’ = That’s fantastic mate!

Root Rat – someone who enjoys sex (maybe a little too much)

Rooted – Tired or Broken

Runners – Trainers, Sneakers

Sammy – Samsung

Sangar – Sandwich

See ya! – See you later!

Servo – Service Station / Petrol Station

Shark biscuit – kids at the beach

Sheila – A woman

She’ll be apples – Everything will be alright

Shoot Through – To leave

Sick – awesome; ‘that’s really sick mate’

Sickie – a sick day off work, or ‘to pull a sickie’ would be to take a day off when you aren’t actually sick

Skull – To down a beer

Slab – A carton of beers

Smoko – tea break

Snag – Sausage

Stiffy – Erection

Stoked – Happy, Pleased

Straya – Australia

Strewth – An exclamation of surprise

Stubby – a bottle of beer

Stubby Holder – Used so your hands don’t get cold when holding your beer, or to stop your hands making your beer warm!

Stuffed – Tired

Sunnies – Sunglasses

Swag – Single bed you can roll up, a bit like a sleeping bag.

TBH – Acronym for “to be honest”

Take a load off – Sit down and rest

Tea – Dinner

Tinny – Can of beer or small boat

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.

Trackie Daks – Tracksuit pants

True Blue – Genuinely Australian

Tucker – Food. ‘Bush Tucker’ tends to be food found in the Outback such as witchety grubs.

Two Up – A gambling game played on Anzac day

U-IE – to take a U-Turn when driving

Up Yourself – Stuck up

Ute – Car with carry tray

Woolies – Woolworths

Woke – awakened

Woop Woop – middle of nowhere “he lives out woop woop”

Ya – You

Yap – Talk too much

Yeet – A very strong word for yes

YOLO – An acronym for “you only live once”

Yous – (youse) plural of you!

If we’ve missed any please free to add it below in the comments and we’ll try to include it!


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