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aggro - aggressive

amber fluid - beer

ant's pants - height of fashion, or to think highly of yourself

arvo - afternoon

Aussie - Australian

av-a-go-yer-mug - traditional rallying call, particularly at cricket matches

ay (pronounced “AY” not “I”) - pardon me

 

back o'Bourke - back of beyond, middle of nowhere

barbie - barbecue

barking up the wrong tree - labouring under a misapprehension

barrack - cheer on a team at sporting event, support your team

battler - trier, struggler

beanie – knitted skull cap, ski hat

beat around the bush - not getting to the point

beaut, beauty, bewdie - great, fantastic

belt up - stop talking!

bench - table top

better half - husband or wife

bikie - motor cyclist

billabong - water hole in dried-up river bed

billy - tin container used to boil tea in the bush

biscuit - cookie

black stump - where the 'back o'Bourke' begins

block - do your block: get angry

bloke - man

blower - telephone: on the blower

blowies - blow flies

bludge - do nothing

bludger - lazy person, one who won't work

blue - argument or fight: have a blue

bluey - swag, nickname for a red-haired person

bonzer - great, ripper

boogie board - half sized surf board

boomer - very big, large male kangaroo

boomerang - curved flat wooden weapon used by Aborigines for hunting

booze - alcohol

booze bus - police van used for random breath-testing for alcohol

bottle shop / bottlo- liquor shop

bottler - something that has gone the way you want: you little bottler

brass - money

brekkie - breakfast

brown-eye - to show one's bottom, mooning

Buckley's - no chance at all

bundy - Bundaberg rum, also time-clock for employees

bung on - put on

bunyip - Australian yetti, or bigfoot

burl - have a try: give it a burl

bush - country, away from the city

bushranger - Australia's equivalent of outlaw of American Wild West

bush tucker - native foods, usually in the outback

BYO - bring your own (booze) to a restaurant

 

cask - wine box (an Australian invention)

cheerio - good bye

chock-a-block - full

chin wag - to have a good chat

chips - french fries

choof off - to go

chook - chicken

cobber -mate

coldie - a cold beer

come good - turn out all right

corroboree - Aboriginal festival dance

cozzie - swimming costume

crook - ill, badly made, substandard

to go crook – to go mad at, get annoyed

cuppa - cup of tea

cut lunch - sandwiches

 

dag, daggy - mildly abusive term for socially inept person, nerd, nerdy

damper - bush loaf made from flour and water, cooked in camp oven

deli - delicatessen

didgeridoo - cylindrical wooden Aboriginal musical instrument

digger - Australian soldier

dill - idiot

dinkum, fair dinkum - honest, genuine

dinky-di - the real thing

dob in - to tell on someone

docket - receipt, bill

dole - unemployment payment

don't come the raw prawn - don't try and fool me

dunny - toilet

 

earbash - talk nonstop

esky - insulated box for keeping beer etc cool

 

fair go! - give us a chance

fairy floss - cotton candy

fanny - crude term for female genitalia

flat chat, flat out - going very fast

footy - football

full as a boot - drunk

funny farm - mental institution

 

galah - noisy parrot, hence 'noisy idiot'

game - brave

gander - look: have a gander

garbo - person who collects your garbage

gas bag - talk a lot

give it away - give up

g'day - good day, traditional Australian greeting

good oh - OK

good on ya - well done

grazier - large-scale sheep or cattle farmer

grog - alcohol

grizzle - complain

 

hang on a tick - wait a minute

hoon - idiot, hooligan, loud show-off

hoo-roo - good bye

how are ya - standard greeting

how ya going - how are you doing

howzat - asking how something is

 

idiot box - television

iffy - risky or suspect: something a bit iffy

irrits - irritating: you give me the irrits

 

jack of it - fed up with it, had enough (of a situation)

jiffy - short time: see you in a jiffy

job you - hit you or punch you: I'll job you

journo - journalist

jumper - sweater

 

keen - very interested

Kiwi - person from New Zealand

knickers - underwear

knock - criticise, deride

knock off work - time to go home


lamington - square of sponge cake covered in chocolate icing and coconut (an Aussie icon)

lift - elevator

lollies - sweets, candy

lurk - a scheme

 

manchester - household linen

mate - friend, general term of familiarity, whether you know the person or not

middy - 285 ml beer glass

missus - your wife

mobile phone - cellular phone

mozzies - mosquitoes

 

nappy - diaper

Never-Never - mythical, remote, isolated place in the outback

nick - steal

nick off - go away! get lost!

no hoper - hopeless case

nose - on the nose: something stinks

no worries - she'll be right, that's OK

 

ocker - uncultivated, uncultured, boorish Australian

off-sider - assistant or partner

off the beaten track - on an unused road, in a remote areaoldies - parents

once over - looking something or someone over, checking it out

outback - remote part of the bush, back o'Bourke

Oz - Australia

Ozzie - Australian

 

paddock - field

pavlova - meringue and cream dessert

perve - to gaze with lust

pinch - steal

piss - beer

pissed - drunk

pissed off - annoyed

piss in your pocket - brown-nose

piss-weak - no good, gutless

Pom, Pommie - English person

pokies - poker machines

postie - mail man

prang - motor vehicle accident

pub - hotel

pull your head in - mind your own business!

push bike - bicycle

put up or shut up - prove you can do it or keep quiet!

 

rack off - get lost!

Rafferty's rules - no rules, a mess

randy - sexually excited, horny

ratbag - friendly term of abuse

rapt - delighted, enraptured

reckon! - you bet! Absolutely!

rego - registration: car registration

rip off, ripped off - you have been cheated

ripper - good, also: little ripper

rip snorter - something that is great

root - have sexual intercourse

rooted - tired

ropable - very angry or bad-tempered

rubber - eraser

rubbish - deride, tease: to rubbish

 

sacked - fired from work

Salvo - member of the Salvation Army

sandshoes - sneakers, joggers

sanger - sandwich

scallops - fried potato cake in New South Wales, shellfish elsewhere

schooner - large beer glass

semi-trailer - articulated truck

session - lengthy period of heavy drinking

sheila - woman (can be somewhat derogatory)

she'll be right - no worries, everything will be fine

shonky - unreliable, suspect

shoot through - leave in a hurry

shout - buy round of drinks, or pay for someone

shove off - go away!

sickie - day off work ill (or malingering)

sloppy joe - cotton fleecy-lined sweater

smoko - tea break, go and have a cigarette

snag - sausage

Speedo's - male swimming costume

spit the dummy - throw a tantrum

stickybeak - nosey person

stir - tease or joke with person

strides - trousers

Strine - conversation with a lot of Aussie slang

stubby - small bottle of beer

stuffed - very tired, had too much to eat

sunbake - sunbathe (not recommended, dangerous in much of Oz)

surfies - surfing fanatics

 

take-away food - fast food, to-go food

tall poppies - achievers

tea - evening meal, dinner

tinny - can of beer

too right! - absolutely!

tracks - make tracks: leave to go home

truckie - truck driver

true blue - dinkum

tucker - food

two-pot screamer - person with low tolerance for alcohol

two-up - traditional heads/tails gambling game

 

uni - university

up yourself - have a high opinion of yourself

ute - utility, pick-up truck

 

vegies - vegetables

verbal diarrhoea - talking non-stop, usually nonsense

 

wag - to skip school or work: to wag school

walkabout - lengthy walk away from it all

weatherboard - wooden house

wharfie - dock worker

whinge - complain, moan

wobbly - disturbing, unpredictable behaviour, temper tantrum: throw a wobbly

Wog - derogatory term for foreigner

wowser - spoilsport, puritan, old-fashioned

write-off - car involved in an crash that is not worth repairing

 

yabbie - small freshwater crayfish

yacking - talking non-stop

yahoo - noisy and unruly person

yakka - work

yobbo - uncouth, aggressive person

yonks - ages, a long time

youse - the plural of you

 

zonked - really tired

zebra crossing - painted pedestrian crossing on street

 
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