Aussie Slang Dictionary
Learn and understand Australian slang. Complete A to Z of funny words and phrases unique to Australia.
Australia's own vernacular expression and communication lingo. Word diction, idioms and everyday vocalization unique to the sunburnt country.
The Australian slang tongue got its history from many nations. Articulation and pronunciation of this conversational language as well as aussie phraseology and gibberish has made this brogue and fun speech sole vernacular to Australia.
This slanguage street talk has involved into a dialect and vocabulary all of its own. Expressive terminology and wording has brought about an interchange of interest from people visiting Australia. It is almost pidgin like in its context, and is a rare vernacular indeed.
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Much verbalization and discourse of aussie sayings has taken place over the years in pubs. You could say it is doublespeak in nature, and spoken in a foreign tongue.
The prose uttered by Australians makes it a rare colloquialism. Many a discussion has come about after listening to citizens of Australia who sound like they are speaking in unusual shoptalk.
It certainly is the voice and expression most used by aussie patriots. But be warned, Australian slang does contain various vulgarity and vulgarism, and may take time to grasp and get used of hearing. Generally speaking though, this colonial jargon is fun to hear in day-to-day conversation once you get the hang of it.
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A Little Stiff : Short of in want of, usually spoken in reference to money. e.g. "Can ya' loan me some moolah mate?" "Sorry mate! I'm a little stiff at present." See also "Stiff"
ABC : Australian Broadcasting Corporation, referred to as "Auntie"
Abo : A derogatory term for an Australian Aboriginal
Ace! : Excellent! Great! Very good!
Act : Pretend, not real. e.g. "'es or-right! 'es only bunin' on an act!" See also "Bung"
Aerial pingpong : Australian Rules football
Aggro : Very Aggressive
Alice : Alice Springs, a northern territory township. e.g. "ya' spendin' a few weeks up at Alice mate!"
All Blacks : New Zealand rugby union football players
Alkie : alcoholic E.g. "I'm sure the old diggers an alkie!"
Alley up : To pay back a personal debt
Amber fluid : Aussie Beer
Amber nectar : Aussie Beer
Ambo : Ambulance and/or an ambulance driver
Ankle biter : Young child
Anyhow have a winfield : A popular saying from an Australian cigarette commercial, made famous by respected Australian actor Paul Hogan
Apples, she'll be : It'll be all right (eg: she'll be apples mate!)
Artist : One who is excessive in nature, such as, booze artist, bull artist, con artist
Argue the toss : To dispute a decision
Arvo : Afternoon
Aussie (pronounced Ozzie) : A true blue Australian
Aussie battler : An everday Australian trying to make ends meet
Aussie salute : Brushing flies away from your face with your hand
Ave a go, ya mug! : Means to try harder, not to act foolishly. It is what you would yell at a lazy footballer etc! Or you would yell it at some poor bastard trying to push start his car while you drive by!
Auntie : ( "Auntie ABC") Australian joke against the English
Avos : Avocados
Ayres Rock : the dead heart of Australia. See also "Red Centre"
Axle grease : Money
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B & S : Bachelors' and Spinsters' Ball - a large gathering usually held in rural or outback areas
Backdoor bandit : A derogatory phrase for a homosexual man
Back of Bourke : a very long way away (remote Australian outback)
Bad egg : A trickster, con man; a person of dishonest character
Bad trot : A person who has had a succession of failures
Bag of fruit : Suit (rhyming slang)
Bag of worms : Distasteful, repulsive E.g. "I don't want to hear it your mind works like a bag of worms"
Bail (somebody) up : to corner someone physically
Bail out : depart, usually very angrily
Baked dinner : A favourite Australian meal, baked lamb and vegetables
Bald as a bandicoot : A person with no hair at all
Ball and chain : Wife (also referred to as trouble and strife)
Balls up : A real mess up; a real mix up; bad state of affairs
Banana bender : a person from Queensland
Bananaland : Queensland
Banjo : Frying pan, cooking utensil
Banger : A sausage. Pronounced "bang-a" E.g. "Dija' wunna put a few bangas on the barbie?"
Bangs like a dunny door : A promiscuous female
Barbie or Barby : barbecue (noun)
Barrack : to cheer on your favourite football team eg. aussie rules or rugby league
Bash : A wild loud party
Bash somebody's ear : To talk at great length at someone
Bastard : In most cases a term of endearment
Bathers : swimming costume
Battler : someone working hard on a low income and just making a living
Bazzaland : Australia
Beaut, beauty : great, terrific, fantastic
Beat the living daylights out of : Administering a terrible thrashing
Beer gut : A man's bulging stomach mostly because of heavy beer drinking
Bid red : A large male kangaroo
Been around : One who is considered sexually experienced
Big-note oneself : brag about oneself, boast a lot about oneself
Bikkie : biscuit (also "it cost me big bikkies" - it was really expensive)
Billabong : an ox-bow river or watering hole
Billy : A billy is a very specific cylindrical pot, that is suspended over an open camp fire, that you then throw tea leaves into it, and brew over the fire
Billy cart : A child's small play cart usually made from an old wooden fruit box using wheels from a discarded baby stroller
Billy lid : a kid, or child. Rhyming slang!
Bingle : motor vehicle accident
Bities : biting annoying insects
Bitzer : mongrel dog (heinz variety; bits of this and bits of that)
Bizzo : business ("mind your own bizzo")
Black fella' : An impolite idiom for an Australian Aborigine
Black Stump, beyond the : a long way away, the back of nowhere usually refers to the outback
Bloke : male, man, bloke, guy
Bloody : very (bloody hard yakka)
Bloody hell! : Displeased with; unhappy about someone or something. Not considered a swear word. E.g. "Bloody hell! the damn taps leaking again"
Bloody oath! : absolutely true
Blow in the bag : police breathalyser test
Blowie : a large blow fly
Bludger : a type of lazy person, layabout, someone who always relies on other people to do things or lend him or her things. See also "Sponger"
Blue : argument, fight ("he was having a blue with his missus"). A physical fight between 2 males. Not usually used in a male and female sense, unless either party was being physically violent.
Blue, make a : make a mistake, a wrong
Blue-Bottles : small lucid jelly like sea creatures
Bluey : pack, opposite of, traffic ticket, redhead.
Bluey : blue heeler Australian sheep/cattle dog. (named after its subtle markings) which is a hard working dog. It is also called a Bluey, as a fair amout of the animals genes are from Kelpie and Dingo which gives the dogs a reddish colour, and therefore called Bluey. Everybody's favourite all-round Aussie dog.
Bluey : heavy wool or felt jacket worn by mining and construction workers.
Bluey : bluebottle jellyfish
Bodgie : of low-grade; considered of inferior quality
Bog in : start eating, to attack food with a great enthusiasm
Bog standard : basic, cheap, inferior, without accessories (a bog standard car, phone etc.)
Bogan : person with low esteem, doesn't take pride in his or her appearance, spends most of his or her days slacking and drinking alcohol
Bogged : Stuck fast in mud, deep sand (a vehicle).
Bondi cigar : see "brown-eyed mullet"
Bonnet : The hood of a car or truck
Bonzer : great, terrific, ripper
Boogie board : a half-sized smaller surf board
Boomer : a big male kangaroo
Boss cockey : Head, manager; a person who is in charge
Booze bus : police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers
Boozer : a local pub, drinking hole
Bored shitless : very, very bored
Bottle shop : liquor shop
Bottle-o : liquor shop (originally a street man with a hessian bag going around picking up empty beer bottles back in the 1950's and 60's)
Bottler : something pleasing, excellent
Bottling, his blood's worth : he's an excellent, helpful mate.
Bounce : a bully type character
Bourke Street, he doesn't know Easter from : he's a bit slow in thinking. (Bourke Street is a popular and beautifully lit Melbourne city street)
Brass razoo, she hasn't got a : little or no money, very poor
Brekkie : morning breakfast
Brick shit house, built like a : a big strong bloke
Brickie : bricklayer
Brizzie : Brisbane, state capital of Queensland
Bronze Aussie : An Australian who has a good physique and health
Brown Bomber : Parking police
Brolley : Umbrella
Brown-eyed mullet : a turd in the ocean (where you're swimming!)
Brumby : a wild untamed horse
Buck's night : stag party, a male party the night before the wedding
Buckley's, Buckley's chance : no chance whatsoever
Budgie smugglers : male bathing costume
Bullamakanka : An imaginary place in the outback. See also "Woop Woop"
Bull ant : A large black ant approximately 25mm in length, and has a strong bite and sting. Enemy of the jumping bulljoe. See also "Jumping bulljoe"
Bull dust : (or a lot of bull dust) Means a lie
Bull dust : A fine orange coloured dust found in the outback. When it gets wet it makes travelling by motor vehicle extremely difficult. The dust turns into a type of clay which builds-up under your wheel arches to the point where your wheels can no longer rotate
Bull bar : solid bar fixed to the front-end of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos (also, commonly referred to as a "roo bar" or "nudge bar")
Bull Larkey : Wrong, misleading, incorrect; a strong statement E.g> "That's a whole lot of bull larkey!"
Bum Steer : To give someone wrong advice or wrong direction. To lead someone on with false or misleading information.
Bummer : A statement of mild annoyance, slight mishap. E.g. "What a bummer Monique missed her chess class!"
Bung : Broken; ruined. E.g. " Mum! the toaster is on the bung again."
Bunger : An illegal "large firecracker" which was almost the size of a stick of dynamite. Pronouced "Bunga"
Bung eye : An eye infection
Bundy : short for Bundaberg, Queensland, and the brand of rum that's made there
Bunyip : mythical outback creature
Bush : the hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in a city
Bushy : A person who spends a lot of their time in the bush
Bush bash : long competitive running or motorcar race through the bush
Bush baptist : A person who manifests little or no religious convictions
Bush carpenter : A rough and ready handyman or a self proclaimed carpenter
Bush oyster : nasal mucus
Bush telly : campfire
Bush walk : A trail or path in the bush
Bushwhacker : A person who prefers to live in the bush
Bushwalker : A person who enjoys hiking through bushland
Bushie : someone who lives in the outback of Australia
Bushman's hanky : Emitting nasal mucus by placing one index finger on the outside of the nose (thus blocking one nostril) and blowing really hard.
Bushranger : An intrepid Highwayman, has no respect for law, outlaw
Buster : A strong southerly wind. Usually creates havoc on boats and marine vessels
Butcher : small glass of beer in South Australia - From the theory that a butcher could take a quick break from his work, have a beer and be back at work
Butchers : Rhyming Slang, and is short for the saying, "Butchers Hook", have a look! So a man may have a bit of a "Butchers", at some pretty girl!
Butchers or, "Butcher Shop" : A local shop which sells meat
BYO : unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own alcohol. The same goes for a picnic, party or barbecue
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Cab Sav : Cabernet Sauvignon (a variety of wine grape)
Cactus : dead, out of order, not functioning ("this bloody washing machine is cactus")
Cane toad : a person from Queensland
Captain Cook : look (noun) ("let's have a Captain Cook")
Cark it : to die, non existent, cease functioning
Cat burying shit, as busy as a : busy
cheap drunk : a person who gets drunk very quickly
Cat's piss, as mean as : mean, stingy, uncharitable
Cheque : Check - as writing a personal check
Chemist : A pharmacy or drug store
Chewie : chewing gum
chinwag : a chat or gossip
Chock a block : Completely full to the brim; stuffed; squeezed together
Chokkie : bar of chocolate
Chook : a chicken, rooster, hen
Chrissie : Christmas time
Christmas : see Bourke Street
Chronic : Means something that goes on for a long time, ie, "she whinges something chronic" That guy is a pain in the arse, he's friggin chronic, as in he is always a friggin pain in the backside
Chuck, to : To throw-up, vomit or regurgitate
Chuck a sickie : to take the day off sick from one's employment when you're healthy
Chunder : throw up, vomit
Chunder : Heavy, agitated ocean surf (waves)
Clapped out : Worn out, of no further use. eg. my car is "clapped out"
Clayton's : a fake or obvious substitute
Cleanskin : Bottle of wine without a private label. Usually purchased in bulk by companies who then add a plain looking label and sell it for less than a private label wine
Cleanskin : cattle that have not been branded, earmarked or castrated.
Click : distance, kilometre - "it's about 25 clicks from here!"
Clout : Intelligence. E.g. "He hasn't got much clout"
Clucky : feeling somewhat broody or maternal
Cluey : Perceptive, astute, knowledgeable
Coathanger : The Sydney Harbour bridge
Cobber : a close friend
Cockatoo : A big, white coloured, noisy native bird of Australia
Cockie : outback farmer
Cockie : cockatoo
Cockie : cockroach
Cocky : Smart, shrewd, a show off. E.g. "Ya think ya real cocky don'tya mate!"
Cocky : An outback farmer
Cockroach : a person from New South Wales
Coldie : a cold beer
Come a gutser : make a bad mistake, have an accident
Come off the grass : Tell me the truth, give it to me straight
Come the raw prawn : a lack of understanding. Pretend, imagine or invent a act
Commy : a communistic person
Compo : Workers' Compensation pay
Conch (adj. conchy) : a conscientious person. Somebody who would rather work or study than go out and enjoy him/herself
Cooee :It means a long way off, as the "Cooee" is the traditional Australian bush call, something out of hearing range, and a long way off
Cooee, not within : figuratively a long way away, far off - India weren't within cooee of beating Australia at cricket
Cooee, within : nearby - I was within cooee of landing a big fish when my line broke. He lives within cooee of Melboune
Cook (noun) : One's wife
Cotton wool bud : A Q-tip
Corker : something great, fantastic, excellent. A good stroke in golf might be described as a 'corker of a shot'
Corroboree : an aboriginal dance festival
Counter lunch : A reasonably priced luch purchased at a local pub or hotel
Cozzie : swimming costume
Crack a fat : a male erection
Crack onto (someone) : to hit on someone, pursue someone romantically
Cranky : in a bloody bad mood, very angry
Crash hot! : Terrific, marvelous, sensational
Cricketer : A person who plays the game of cricket
Cripes1 : An outcry of mild shock, amazement or disbelief
Crook : sick, unwell, or badly made
Crow eater : a person from South Australia
Cubby house : Small, usually timber, house in the garden used as a children's plaything.
Cuppa : A hot drink or beverage
Curry, to give one : To give a person a piece of your mind; to insult, abuse or harass another person
Cut lunch : individually wrapped sandwiches
Cut lunch commando : army reservist
Cut snake, mad as a : very angry; boiling over with anger
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Dad and dave : Fictitious, outback characters. Once very popular on early Australian radio
Dead : The word "dead" has many variations and terms: "Deadbeat" - exceptionally tired. "Deadbeat" A down and out person. "Deadhand" A professional. "Deadhead" A useless person. "Deadheart" Center of Australia. "Dead as a doornail" Unquestionably dead. "Dead as Julius Ceasar" Absoultely no hope. "Dead set" Truly, for certain. "Dead spitting image" An indentical duplicate
Death adder in your pocket : Mean, very tight with one's money; stingy
Dag : Ill-bred, unrefined; a person with no sense of dress personal presentation or manners
Daks : mens trousers or pants. See also "Strides"
Damper : traditional Australian bread made from flour and water
Date : arse ("get off your fat date")
Dead dingo's donger, as dry as a : dry
Dead horse : Tomato sauce
Deadset : absolutely true, the truth
Dero : a tramp, a hobo, a homeless person
Dickhead : see "whacker"
Didjeridoo : A musical instrument indigenous to the Australian Aborigine
Digger : a soldier
Dill : a bloody idiot
Dilly bag : A small or medium size leather carrying case
Dingo's breakfast : a yawn, a leak and a good look round (i.e. no breakfast at all!)
Dinkum oil : True and reliable
Dinkum, fair dinkum : true, real, genuine ("I'm a dinkum Aussie"; "is he fair dinkum?")
Dinky-di : the real thing, absolutely 100% genuine
Dipstick : a real loser, a bloody idiot
Dirty big : Enormous, huge, extremely large. E.g. "That's a dirty big machine ya' bought mate!"
Divvy up : Divide or share between others
Divvy van : Police vehicle used for transporting criminals. Named after the protective 'division' between the driver and the villains.
Do one's block : To become enraged or furious with someone
Do one's dash : to throw a tantrum
Do one's lolly : A violent outburst of temper. An intensified "Do one's block"
Dob (somebody) in : tell on someone, inform on somebody. Hence dobber, a tell-tale
Dodgy : Suspect, odd, suspicious. E.g. "I wouldn't use that old ladder mate, it looks a bit dodgy"
Dobber : A person who betrays someone even among friends
Docket : a bill, account receipt
Doco : a TV documentary
Doer : a busy person, someone who is always active
Dog : very unattractive female
Dog's balls, stands out like : obvious
Dog's eye : meat pie
Dole : Government provided unemployment benefit
Dole bludger : someone on government assistance when not really justified
Dong : Hit or strike. E.g. "If he doesn't shut-up I'm gonna dong him"
Donger : male penis
Doodle : male penis
Double adapter : An electrical jack or connector
Doovealacky : Thing, gadget, gizmo or thingamajig
Dream time : The beginning of the world as believed and told by the Aborigines
Down Under : Australia and/or New Zealand
Drink with the flies : to consume alcohol alone
Drongo : a dopey person, stupid person
Dropkick : see 'dipstick'
Drum : information, inform, facts and details, reveal to, tip-off ("I'll give you the drum")
Duds : Mens trousers or pants. See also "Daks"
Ducco : A motor vehicles exterior paintwork
Duchess : sideboard
Duffer : Silly Duffer (or Duffa!!) a friendly insult
Duffer, cattle : rustler
Dummy, spit the : get very upset at someone or something
Dumper : A large ocean wave that hits a swimmer without notice then collapses with such force that it sends him or her to the very bottom
Dunny : outside lavatory (see also "Loo")
Dunny budgie : large blowfly
Dunny rat, cunning as a : extremely cunning individual
Durry : tobacco, cigarette
Dux : to be top of the class (n.); to be top of one's class (v.) "He duxed six of his class mates"
Dyke : lesbian, water closet, toilet
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Earbash : constant nagging, non-stop chatter
Earwig: eavesdropper; to eavesdrop
Easterner : a Western Australian term for a person from the Eastern States
Easy as pushing shit uphill with a toothpick : extremely hard, almost impossible
Easy as spearing an eel with a spoon : extremely hard, almost impossible
Egg beater : helicopter
Egg boiler : bowler hat
Ekka : the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show
Esky : large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.
Exy : very expensive
El cheapo : cheap and nasty; a cost cutting person
Emu : a ground bird of great speed, indigenous to Australia and a dead ringer to the ostrich
Emu : earbasher, someone who talks excessively; a real bore of a person
Entree : An appetizer
Engaged : Busy or occupied. E.g. "I did call ya', but ya' were engaged"
Extra grouse : Extra special; better than terrific
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Face, off one's : drunk ("He was off his face by Midnight")
Fag : A cigarette
Fair crack of the whip! : A request directed to others to display an honest understanding, dealing or arrangement
Fair dinkum : absolutely true, 100% genuine
Fair go : a chance ("give a bloke a fair go will ya!")
Fair suck of the sav! : exclamation of astonishment and wonder, awe, disbelief (see also "sav")
Fairy floss : candy floss, cotton candy on a stick
Fatties : Wide, low profile tyres on a (hottie) car. See also "Hottie"
Feeling crook : unwell, sick, wanting to vomit
Feral ute: V8 ute (q.v.) sporting large heavy roobar, numerous wips and aerials, big mudflaps and stickers almost all over the rear window and tailgate. Sometimes seen with a truck Mack emblem on the bonnet and always with massive (multiple) driving lights
Feral (n.) : a hippie type person
Fibro : Fibrous cement sheets for construction of buildings
Fiddlesticks : Not true, nonsense
Fisho : fishmonger
Fizzer : a fire cracker that did not explode. A dud firecracker
Flake : shark's flesh (sold in fish & chips shops)
Flannel cloth : A wash cloth
Flat (noun) : a small single apartment
Flat mate : a room mate
Flat as a tack : a flat beer or a flat tyre
Flat out like a lizard drinking : flat out, extremely busy
Flick : to give something or somebody the flick is to get rid of it or him/her
Flick it on : to sell something, usually for a quick profit, soon after you bought it
Floater : a hot meat and pea pie
Flog : to steal something
Flutter : taking a calculative risk; moderate gamble. See also "Pokies"
Fly wire : tough gauze, flyscreen covering a window or door.
Footy : Australian Rules football
Fortnight : fourteen days, a period of two weeks
Fossick : search, rummage about ("fossicking through old kitchen cupboards")
Fossick : to prospect, e.g. for illusive gold
Fossicker : prospector, e.g. for illusive gold
Franger : male condom
Freckle : one's anus
Frex : abreviated term for xxxx beer
Fremantle Doctor : the cooling afternoon breeze that arrives in Perth from the direction of Freeo
Freo : Fremantle in Western Australia
Fringe : Bangs. The fringe of hair above the eyes usually on a female
Frock : A womans dress or skirt
Frog in a sock, as cross as a : sounding very angry
Fruit loop : a complete fool of a person
Full : totally drunk
Full as a boot : totally drunk; way beyond legal limits
Fullstop : A period in a sentence
Funnelweb : Possibly the most dangerous spider in the world. Found predominately in the Sydney metropolitan area of the north shore. The funnelweb spider inflicts a painful and almost always, lethal bite. The venom attacks the nervous system resulting in uncontrollable convulsions followed by death. Sidepoint: The funnelweb spider bite has no effect on cats and dogs
Furphy : false or an unsubstantiated rumour
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G'Day mate: hi! hello!
Gabba : Wooloongabba - Brisbane cricket ground
Galah : a fool, a loudmouthed idiot; someone easily duped stupid or silly person. Originally named after the bird of the same name because of its antics and the type of noise it makes.
Game as ned kelly : a fearless and daring type of person
Game as a pissant : bold, fearless, courageous. See also "pissant"
Garage : a gas or petrol station. Pronounced "Gar-rage"
Garbo, garbologist : municipal garbage collector
Gear : clothes. See also laughing gear
Get rooted! : a vulgar and distasteful term for "get lost"
Geebung : a native born Australian living in the remote outback
Geek : an expression. eg. "Hey, take a look at this..."
Give it a break! : discontinue, cease, quit. E.g. "ya' been talking for half an hour, give it a break will ya'"
Give it a burl : try it out, have a go
Gobful, give a : to abuse somebody, in most cases justifiably ("The neighbours were having a wild party so I went and gave em' a gobful")
Gobsmacked : absolutely surprised, really astounded
Googie : An egg
Going off : used of a night spot or party that is a lot of fun - "the party was really going off"
Good oil : really useful information, a great idea, the absolute truth
Good onya : good for you mate, well done mate
Goog, as full as a : really drunk. "Goog" is a another variation of the slangword "goggie" meaning a chickens egg.
Greenie : an environmentalist
Greengrocer : 1. a person who sells fruit and vegetables. 2. a variety of cicada. See also "Pisswacker"
Grinning like a shot fox : extremely happy, smugly satisfied
Grog : liquor, beer ("bring your own grog to the party, you bludger")
Groper : a person from Western Australia
Grouse (adj.) : really great, terrific, very good. See also "extra grouse"
Grundies : undies, underwear (from Reg Grundy, a television person)
Gumtree : a native tree of Australia See also "up a gumtree"
Gutful of piss : drunk, "he's got a gutful of piss"
Gutser : to fall apart, breakdown or give up. Pronounced "Gutza"
Gyno : gynecologist
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Hairy eyeball : to examine someone or something closely
Handle : glass beer mug with a handle
Hard yakker : extremely hard work. Pronounced "Yakka"
Have a slash : to urinate (normally referred to the male gender)
Have a snort : to have a drink (alcoholic)
Have a sticky / sticky beak : to pry into others affairs
Haven't got two bob to rub together : absolutely broke; without money; penniless
Heaps : a lot, e.g. "thanks heaps", "(s)he made heaps of cash"
Holy dooley! : an exclamation of sudden surprise, good heavens, my goodness or similar
Hoon : a real hooligan of a person
Hooroo : farewell, goodbye
Hostie : an airline hostess or stewardess
Hotel : often just a pub
Hottie : hot water bottle
Hottie : a hotted-up car
Hottie : an exaggerated tale or story
Hoyts : name of a popular theatre complex and chain
Humpy : a small shack, usually in poor condition
Hundreds and thousands : sprinkles (used on cakes and desserts)
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Icy pole, ice block : popsicle, lollypop
Idiot box : Television
I'll be buggered : an expression of surprise or amazement
I'll be a monkey's uncle : an expression of surprise or absolute amazement
Illywhacker : a confidence trickster
In a shit : in a bad mood
In a tizz : in a state of confusion or confused excitement
in good nick : it's in good shape; one who's fit and healthy
In like Flynn : successful (mainly used when successful in a sexual encounter)
In the cactus : in trouble
In the club : pregnant
In the pudding club : pregnant
In the nick : in jail
In the poo : in trouble (eg: I'm in the poo with me dad for crashing his car)
In ya boot : an expression of disagreement
Ironbark : Extremely tough hardwood timber
Ironman : a muscular, fit and trim surf lifesaver. See also "Bronze Aussie"
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Jack of : to be tired of something; pissed off
Jack of all trades, master of none : a person that will try anything
Jackass : a kookaburra
Jackaroo : a male trainee station manager or station hand (a station is a big farm/grazing outback property)
Jaffle : a toasted sandwich
Jaffle iron : a waffle-iron machine for making jaffles
Jam jars : thick lensed spectacles
Japanese work boots : aussie thongs (i.e: backless rubber sandals)
Jarah : a mahogany (gum) tree indigenous to Australia
Jelly-bubbler : a semi-transparent like portuguese man-of-war with poisonous tentacles
Jelly-fish : a small lucid jelly like creature. See also "Blue-Bottles"
Jillaroo : a female trainee station manager or station hand
Job : to strike or punch someone
Joe Blow : an average bloke
Joey : baby kangaroo
Journo : a newspaper reporter and journalist
Juice : petrol, gasoline
Jug : electric kettle
Jumbuck : sheep
Jumper : a sweater or pullover
Jumping bulljoe : an aggressive orange and black ant that hops. A jumping bulljoe is the enemy of a bull ant. See also "Bull ant"
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Kangaroos loose in the top paddock : Intellectually inadequate ("he's got kangaroos loose in the top paddock")
Kark it : to die
Kelly : see "Ned Kelly"
Khyber Pass : arse (rhyming slang)
Kelpie : Australian sheepdog originally bred from Scottish collie
Kero : kerosene
Kindie : kindergarten (pre school)
King brown : a large bottle of beer (750ml/26ounces)
King dick : boss, manager, chief
King pin : leading figure, considered a big shot
Kiss my arse : exclamation of disbelief
Kite flyer : one who passes bad cheques
Kiwi : a nickname for a New Zealander
Kiwi Land : New Zealand
Knee high to a grasshopper : someone short in size and stature
Knick : to steal, rob, thieve
Knick off! : an impolite suggestion to ask somebody to leave
Knock (to) : to criticise
Knock back : to refuse
Knocker : somebody who criticises a lot, disapproving critic, a person who continually finds fault
Knockers : women's breasts (usually said of bigger ones)
Know a thing or two : to be well versed in matters and current affairs
Knuckle sandwich : a punch in the mouth
Kombie wagon : a VW bus or van
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Ladder : a flaw or run in a woman's nylon stocking
Lair : a snazzy, flashily dressed younger man of brash and vulgar behaviour, to dress up in flashy clothes, to adorn or dress-up someone or something in bad taste
Lair it up : to behave in an unruly, brash and vulgar manner
Larrikin : lout, harmless prankster, a bloke who is always enjoying himself
Laughing gear : Clothes or a person's clothing
Lay by : layaway
Left for dead : to outclass, exceed or transcend
Lend of, to have a : to take advantage of somebody's gullibility, to have someone on ("he's having a lend of you")
Like a possum up a gumtree : extremely happy; in good spirits
Like a shag on a rock : lonely; someone stands out in a crowd
Like a stunned mullet : bewildered; almost lazy, inactive; sluggish; listless
Like a two bob watch : worthless, little value, act in an erratic or crazy manner
Like billyo : very energetic, full of energy, with great gusto
Like the clappers : fast as, (eg: The old ute still goes like the clappers)
Lippy : woman's lipstick
Liquid gold : beer. See also "Amber Nectar"
Lifesaver : lifeguard
Liquid laugh : throw up, vomit
Lizard drinking, flat out like a : flat out, extremely busy
Lob, lob in : drop in to see someone usually unexpected ("the relatives have lobbed")
Lollies : sweets, mint candy
London to a brick : without a doubt, absolute certainty ("it's London to a brick that petrol won't go down")
Long paddock : the side of the road where livestock is grazed during droughts
Longneck : 750ml bottle of beer from South Australia
Loo : outside lavatory, backyard toilet (see also "Dunny")
Lord muck : top dog, chief, ruler. See also "King Dick"
Lovely linder : an inflatable doll
Lucky Country, The : Australia, where else?
Lunch, who opened their? : OK, who passed wind, farted?
Lurk : illegal or underhanded racket
Lyre-bird : a person who constantly tells lies
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Maccas (pron. "mackers") : McDonald's (the hamburger joint)
Mad as a cut snake : an insane person; psychotic; deranged
Mad as a meataxe : an expression to denote complete stupidity
Mallee bull, as fit as a : very fit, healthy and strong. The Mallee is very arid beef country in Victoria and South Australia.
Manchester : Household linen, eg. bed sheets, etc.
Mangy : sellfish, stingy, lousy
Mappa Tassie : map of Tasmania - a woman's private area
Mate : friend, pal, buddy, companion
Mateship : friendship; comradeship
Mate's rate, mate's discount : cheaper than usual for a "friend"
Matilda : swagman's bedding, sleeping roll
Metho : methylated spirits
Mexican : a person from south of the Queensland or New South Wales border
Mick : Roman Catholic
Mickey Mouse : excellent, top-notch, very good. (But, in some parts of Australia it means the opposite, not very good at all)
Middy : 285 ml beer glass in the state of New South Wales
Miffed : annoyed; offended; not very happy at all
Milk bar : corner shop that sells takeaway "to go" food
Milko : milkman
Mini moke : See "Moke"
Mintie : a popular brand of candy mint
Mob : a large group of people, but not necessarily troublesome
Mob : family or herd (?) of kangaroos
Mongrel : a rotten or despicable person
Moke : a small jeep that was built by British Leyland
Moolah : folding money
Mondo cactus : completely destroyed, of no further use or value
Moreish : tasty, pleasant to the palate
Morteen : a well known brand of insect spray
Morton bay bug : a delectable lobster found in Morton Bay queensland
Mozzie : mosquito
Muck up (or) around : act a goat, act a fool, play up
Muddy : mud crab (a great delicacy)
Mug : friendly insult ("have a go, yer mug"), a gullible person
Mug lair : a bothersome show-off. A popular term applied to a young man in a hottie (flashy car). See also "Lair"
Mull : grass (the kind you smoke)
Mulga : an unusual word to describe or represent an unfamiliar place or area. E.g> "I dunno mate! it's somewhere out in the mulga!"
Muso : a musician
Muster : to round up sheep or cattle
My bloody oath : an intensified and offensive version of "My Oath!"
My pleasure : you're welcome
Mystery bag : a sausage
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Nappie : a babies diaper
Nark : to annoy or upset someone; a spoilsport
Narked : peeved; annoyed
Nasty piece of work : an undesirable person, an unpleasant person
Nasho : National Service (compulsory Australian military service)
Natter : idle talk, gossip, chit-chat
Naussie : a newly appointed Australian citizen (immigrant)
Naughty, have a : making love, having sex
Ned Kelly : famous (and notorious) Australian bushranger who after years of successfully eluding police was finally caught and hung
Never saw the sun shine brighter : I never felt better, jubilant; feeling on top of the moon
Never Never : the far Outback, centre of Australia
New Australian : see "Naussie"
Newsagent : a shop that sells newspapers, books and magazines
Nick : to steal or borrow something without one's permission
Nick off : piss off; go away; to depart
Nicki noo : exposed or naked
Niggly : touchy, irritable, temperamental
Ninety to the dozen : an amusing expression directed at a person who constantly talks on and on and never realises when to stop talking and shut-up!
Nipper : a young surf lifesaver
Nit : lice
Nitwit : a silly person, somebody who acts stupidly
No bull : 100% truthful; not kidding
No buts about it : unquestionable, not a matter for dispute
No flies (on someone) : a quick thinking person; said admiringly of someone
No dramas : same as "no worries"
No worries! : Expression of forgiveness or reassurance (No problem; Yes, I'll do it; forget about it; I can do it)
No-hoper : an unworthy individual, someone who'll never do well in life
No problem : fine; everything's OK
Norks : a woman's breasts
Not in the race : no chance whatsoever
Not the full quid : not a very bright person intellectually
Note : a bill, legal tender, money
Nuddy, in the : stark naked
Nuggety : a person with a short and stocky build
Nulla Nulla : somewhere in the outback of Australia. See also "Woop Woop"
Nun's nasty, as dry as a : dry
Nut out : hammer out or work out (to work out a mutual agreement)
NSW : an abreviation for the state of New South Wales
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O.S. : overseas ("he's gone O.S.")
Ocker : an unsophisticated aussie person
Offsider : an able assistant, a helper
Off your tucker : not eating; lost one's appetite
Old chook : a silly old woman
Old country : England
Old crackers : elderly people; especially said of one's parents or in-laws
Old man : a person's father
Old fella : a male penis
Oldies : parents - "I'll have to get my oldies permission"
On the blink : not working
On the turps : somebody who drinks heavily
Op shop : opportunity shop, a thrift store, a store which sells second hand goods
Outback : interior of Australia
Outstation : an outlying sheep or cattle station
Ow ya' goin'? : How are you going?
Oz : the entire country of Australia
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Pack of galahs (pack of bludgers) : group of people held in contempt by the speaker
Pack of galahs (pack of bludgers) : group of no hoper individuals
Packing'em : scared or frightened
Paddle-pop : a popsicle
Paddo : Paddington. A trendy (older) suburb of Sydney, NSW
Packa-poo-tickets! : disorder, confusion, incorrect
Passion pit : a drive-in motion picture theatre
Panic merchant : a person who panics easily
Paralytic : extremely drunk
Paddock : see 'long paddock'
Pass over the Great Divide : to expire or end
Pash : an enduring, long and passionate kiss; hence "pashing off"
Pavlova : a rich and tasty, creamy like Australian dessert
Paw paw : a papaya fruit
Peckish : a feeling of mild hunger
Perk : a bonus, something not usually expected
Perve (noun & verb) : staring lustfully at the opposite sex
Petrol garage : gas station
Pick the eyes out of a peacock : take the best of everything
Pie eater : resident of South Australia
Piece of cake : a simple task
Piece of piss : an easy task
Pig's arse! : I don't agree with you at all
Piker : Somebody who doesn't wish to fit in with others especially socially, leaves a party early, a person who spoils the fun for others
Pink slip, get the : get the sack (derived from the colour of the job termination form)
Pint : large glass of beer (especially in South Australia)
Piss : beer. Hence "hit the piss", "sink some piss"
Piss in someone's pocket : to flatter someone; win them over with smooth talk
Pissant : See "Game as a pissant"
Pissed as a newt : totally drunk
Pissed as a parrot : drunk
Piss in the wind : to behave ineffectually
Pisspot : a person who is a heavy drinker
Piss up : party
Pisswacker : a variety of cicada that urinates on you when you pick it up
Pissweak : devoid of all strength
Plate, bring a : Instruction on a party, picnic or BBQ invitation to bring one's own food
Platypus : a small fury aquatic mammal indigenous to Australia having a unique duck-like bill
Plonk : really cheap wine
Plonk down : to sit oneself down quickly
Pokies : poker machines, gambling slot machines
Polly : Australian politician
Pom, pommy : a person from England
Pommy bastard : an Englishman
Pommy shower : using deodorant instead of taking a shower
Pommy's towel, as dry as a : very dry - based on the canard that Poms bathe about once a month
Pong : a rotten smell, stench or odor
Porky : Lie, untruth (pork pie is a lie)
Port : a favourite suitcase (portmanteau)
Postie : postman, mailman
Post : to mail a letter
Postcode : zipcode
Pot : 285 ml beer glass in Queensland and Victoria
Potty : silly, foolish, a little crazy
Pozzy : position - get a good spot or pozzy at the footy
Power point : an electrical outlet or receptacle
Pub : a licenced bar or hotel
Publican : owner of a (pub) hotel
Pull ya' finger out : rush, hurry up, speed up
Pull ya' head in : be quiet! Or, keep your opinion to yourself
Punt : a calculative risk, mild gamble
Put a sock in it! : shut up! Be quiet!
Putty : see "Up the putty"
Pram : a baby stroller
Prang : a motor vehicle accident or collision. E.g. "didja' see that six car prang!"
Prawn : shrimp. See also "come the raw prawn"
Pressie : a wrapped present, gift
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QLD : an abreviation for the state of Queensland
Quack : a MD doctor
Quaky Isles : New Zealand
Quandong : a person who sponges off the good nature of others
Qantas : Queensland and northern territory air service
Queue : a line or column of people. See "wait in a queue"
Queue up! : to line up in an orderly fashion
Quick snort : a hurried drink
Quid, make a : earn a living - "old Fred is making a quid these days"
Quid, not the full : a person of low IQ. See also "Not the full quid". Sidepoint: a "quid" is slang term for a pound note. 1 English pound became $2 when Australia converted to decimal currency in 1965
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Rack off : push off, get lost, get out of here, also "rack off hairy legs!".
Rafferty rules : No rules at all, no guidelines or regulations
Rage : a party
Rage on : to continue on partying - "we raged on until 5.00am"
Rapt : very pleased, absolutely delighted
Ratbag : a relatively mild insult
Raw prawn, to come the : to engage in bullshit, to be annoyingly disagreeable. See also "Come the raw prawn"
Razzo : an imaginary coin of little value. See also "Brass razoo"
Real nark : see "Nark"
Reckon! : you betcha! Absolutely!
Red centre : the dead heart of Australia. See also "Ayres Rock"
Reffo : a migrant refugee
Rego : a motor vehicle registration
Rellie or relo : a family member or relative
Ridgy-didge : guaranteed original, 100% genuine
Right-o : okay, yes, alright
Right (she's right) : everything is ok, she's right mate!
Right, that'd be : Accepting bad news as inevitable. ("I went roo shooting got nothing." "Yeah, that'd be right.")
Ringer : the quickest shearer in the team
Ring : to call someone
Ring in : a last minute substitute
Rissole : mince meat and bread crumbs rolled into the shape of a ball. Pronounced "Riz-zole"
Roam around like a lost sheep : to wander aimlessly; completely lost
Robe : coat or clothes closet
Rock hopper : a fisherman who prefers to fish from coastal sea rocks
Rock melon : a cantaloupe
Rip snorter : great, terrific, fantastic - "it was a rip snorter of a party"
Ripper : great, fantastic - "it was a ripper party"
Ripper, you little! : Exclamation of absolute delight or as a reaction to hearing good news
Road train : big truck with many trailers
Rock up : to turn up, to arrive - "we rocked up at their house at Midnight!"
Rollie : a special cigarette that you roll yourself
Roo : kangaroo
Roo bar : stout bar fixed to the front of a motor vehicle to protect it in the unlikely event of hitting a kangaroo (also bull bar)
Root : a derogatory term for sex
Rooted : tired; stuffed
Rooted : busted; worn out; no good; not working; broken e.g. "this electrical drill is rooted"
Ropeable : extremely angry
Rort (verb or noun) : Cheating, fiddling the books, defrauding someone or something
Rough as guts : crude, unrefined, ill-bred
Rough end of the pineapple : a bad experience, deal or transaction
Roughy : a person who uses strong arm tactics to get what they want
Row : an argument, feud or quarrel
Rotten : drunk - "I went out last night and got rotten"
Rubbish (verb) : to verbally put somebody down, talk badly about, to criticize a person
Rug rat : a small child
Runners : See "sandshoes"
Runs like a hairy goat : someone or something that runs, operates or performs poorly
Run rings around : to beat, conquer or defeat. See also "No flies on"
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Sandshoes : tennis shoes, sneakers, runners
Salute, Aussie : brushing flies away from ones face
Salvos, the : the Salvation Army
Sandgroper : a person from Western Australia
Sanger : a sandwich
Sav : saveloy (see also "fair suck of the sav!")
Scab : an abusive term for a non union worker
Schooner : large beer glass in New South Wales and Queensland; medium beer glass in South Australia
Scorcher : a very hot day
Scrub : thick bush, bushland
Scrubbers : wild cattle; promiscuous women
Scumbag : a low down despicable person
Scunge : generally an untidy person
Scungy : unattractive and dirty
Search me : I'm not sure; I don't know
See ya later : farewell, goodbye
Scratchy : instant lottery ticket
Screamer : party lover; "two pot screamer" - somebody who gets drunk on very little alcohol
Seppo : an American
Servo : petrol station
Shag on a rock, stands out like a : very obvious
Shanghai : A young child's catapult. Usually made from a small, forked branch of a tree and rubber strap cut from an old car inner tube
She'll be right : everything is under control, it'll turn out okay
She's apples : Everything is great, okay, no worries
She's right mate : no probelms, its okay, don't worry
Shemozzle : An uproar, commotion or free-for-all
Sheila : a woman
Shifting : Moving a great speed. E.g. "Look at that bloke go, he's really shifting along!"
Shirty : Irritated, aggravated, annoyed
Shit hot : very impressive
Shit house (adj.) : of poor quality, unenjoyable ("this ute is shit house", "that show was shit house")
Shit house (noun) : toilet, water closet, lavatory
Shonky : dubious, suspect, underhanded, suspicious; doubtful; sceptical. E.g. a shonky business practice
Shoot through : to leave in a hurry
Shout : somebody's turn to buy a round of drinks for everyone else generally ("it's your shout")
Show pony : someone who tries hard, by his or her dress and/or behaviour, to impress everybody else around him or her.
Sickie : day off sick from work (chuck a sickie = take the day off sick from work when you're perfectly healthy!)
Skite : boast, brag
Skull/Skol (a beer) : to drink a beer in a single draught without taking a breath
Slab : a carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer
Sleepout : house verandah converted to a bedroom
Sling shot : A young boys catapult. See also "Shanghai"
Sloppy joe : A sweatshirt, top or pullover
Smoko : smoke or coffee break
Snag : a sausage
Sook : person or animal who is soft, tame, unobtrusive, inoffensive. Hence sooky (adj.)
SP Bookie : A daring capitalist (business person)
Spag bol : spaghetti bolognese
Spanner : A wrench
Spewin' : extremely angry
Spiffy, pretty spiffy : great, terrific, excellent
Spit the dummy : to get extremely upset at something
Spin a yarn :An exagerated story or tall tale
Sponger : 1. A person who mooches or lives off others. Pronounced: "Sponger" 2. A person with a strong dislike for work. See also "Bludger"
Spruiker : man who stands outside a nightclub or restaurant trying to persuade people to enter
Sprung : caught in the act of doing something wrong
Spunk : a good looking woman or man
Square off : To fix-up or rectify matters
Squatter : A person who unlawfully takes over the living rights to another person's property.
Squiz (noun) : look, take a peek at someone or something - "take a squiz at this"
Standover man : a big man, usually gang-related, who threatens somebody with physical violence in order to have his wishes carried out.
Station : a big farm, large ranch or grazing property
Stickybeak : take a quick look; mild interest; a nosy individual
Stinking hot : Extreme, unbearable temperature
Stoked : extremely pleased, very happy
Stone chips : Nicks in a car exterior paintwork
Stone the crows : Astonishment, bewilderment or surprise. See also "Strewth"
Stonkered : absolutely drunk
Strewn : Scattered, spread all over, stretched
Strewth : exclamation, mild oath ("Strewth, that cop came down hard on him")
Strides : mens trousers
Strine : Australian slang and pronunciation
Stubby : a 375ml. beer bottle
Stubby holder : polystyrene insulated holder for a stubby
Stuffed, I feel : I'm worn out, tired
Stuffed, I'll be : an expression of complete surprise
Sultana : A large raisin
Sunbake : suntan, sunbathe
Sunnies : sunglasses
Surfies : people who go surfing a lot
Suss : Something or somebody suspected
Swag : rolled up bedding carried by a swagman
Swaggie : swagman
Swagman : tramp, hobo
Sweets : desserts
Swimmers : Swim suit. See also "Cozzie or togs"
Sydney-sider : A resident of the city of Sydney, New South Wales
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Ta! : Thank you
Ta-dah : Goodbye. See also "Hoo-roo"
Take-away : Food to go
Take a piece out of : to tell someone off
Take a punt : to take a chance
Take the mickey out of : to deliberately tease or ridicule somebody
Tally : to keep score (original meaning was the shearing of 100 sheep)
Tall poppies : successful people
Tall poppy syndrome : the tendency to criticize successful people
Tallie : 750ml bottle of beer
Tanked : completely drunk, totally intoxicated, drunk or plastered
Tart : A woman who dresses provocatively
Tassie : The state of Tasmania. Pronounced: "Tazzie"
Taswegian : derogatory term for a person from Tasmania
Tatty : ragged; shabby
Technicolour yawn : to vomit
Tea : Dinner or evening meal
Tee up : to make an arrangement
Telly : Television or telescope
Tee-up : to set up (an appointment)
The top-end : The most northern point in Australia
Thick as a brick : dumb; really dull; slow witted
Thingo : Wadjamacallit, thingummy, whatsit
Thongs : cheap rubber backless sandals
Throw-down : small bottle of beer which you can drink quickly
Thunder box : water closet; lavatory; toilet
Ticker : the heart
Tight as a fishes arse : a person who is very selfish; won't pay their way; won't easily part with money
Ticket : A speeding or parking fine
Tickets, to have on oneself : to have a high opinion of oneself
Tickle the till : to rob somebody or a business establishment
Tickle the tonsils : A witty expression to absorb or digest information or food
Tinnie : can of beer
Tinny : small aluminium boat
Tinny, tin-arsed : lucky
Tip : A rubbish dump
Toey : a state of nervousness or bad tempered
Togs : swim suit
Too right! : definitely!
Tomato sauce : Ketchup
Tom bowler : The biggest marble in a childs collection
Top End : Northern Territory; far north of Australia
Top ender : a person from the Northern Territory
Top sort : An attractive female
Top stuff! an exclamation of good quality merchandise
Torch : A flashlight
Town bike : A woman streetwalker
Trackie daks/dacks : tracksuit pants
Trackies : track suit
Trannie : A transistor (portable) radio
Troppo, gone : to have escaped to a mental state of tropical madness having spent too long a time in the tropics.
Trough lolly : the solid piece of perfumed disinfectant in a men's urinal
Truckie : truck driver
True blue : a patriotic Australian
Tucker : food
Tucker-bag : food bag
Turn it up! : Be quiet or be reasonable. Also a polite request to cease conversation
Turps : mineral turpentine, alcoholic drink
Turps, hit the : to go on a drinking binge
Twist top : A bottle of beer with a screw top
Two bob lair : A worthless hoodlum. See also "Lair"
Two bob watch : Worthless merchandise
Two pot screamer : A person who get's drunk on a small amount of liquor
Two up : An unlawful game of chance involving the use of coins
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Uluru : Aboriginal name for Ayer's Rock
Uni : An abreviated word for university
Unit : a small flat, apartment
Up country : A reference to the Australian outback
Up a gum tree : in trouble or confused
Up shit creek without a paddle : in deep trouble
Up the donga - donger : out in the country
Up the duff : pregnant
Up the pole : confused; incorrect
Up the putty : valueless, useless, worthless
Up-him! : A strong exclamation to fight or retaliate
Up-ya! : A vulgar brush-off relating to a conflict of views or opinion
Unreal : Fantastic or wonderful. Eg. "The job I got is bloody unreal!"
Up there Cazaly! : a loud cry of encouragement (Named after a high flying Australian Rules football champion)
Up oneself : have a high opinion of oneself - "he's really up himself"
Up somebody, get : to rebuke somebody - "the boss got up me for being really late"
Useful as an ashtray on a motorbike : unhelpful or incompetent person or thing
Useful as tits on a bull : completely useless
Useless as a two bob watch : Something or someone that is unquestionably worthless
Ute : utility vehicle, pickup truck
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Vedgies : vegetables
Vee dub : Volkswagen
vegemite : Australian vegetable yeast extract spread for bread or toast
Veg out : to relax or lounge in front of the TV (like a vegetable)
Vejjo : vegetarian
Verbal diarrhoea : to talk non stop talk; chatty away
Village bike : a promiscuous woman
Vinnie's : St. Vincent De Paul's
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WACA (pron. whacker) : Western Australian Cricket Association and the Perth cricket ground
wacker : crazy person; wanker
Waggin' school : skipping school for a day; playing truant
Wait in a queue : stand in line
Walkabout : a walk in the Outback by Aborigines that lasts for an indefinite amount of time
Walkabout, it's gone : it's lost, can't be found
Wally : an idiot; someone that forgot something
Week-ender : A small cottage or home in the country or by the sea
Weekend warrior : army reservist
Wellies : Wellington boots; gum boots; rubber waterproof boots
welsh on : inform on someone; to fail to pay debts; to betray
Went through like a dose of salts : to leave quickly
Westie : someone from the Western suburbs
Whacker, whacka : Idiot; somebody who talks absolute drivel; somebody with whom you have very little patience; a real dickhead
Whacko! - whacko the diddle-o! : a jubilent expression
What are ya! : a sarcastic exclamation used when somebody says something totally foolish
Wheelie : Spinning the tyres on a car
Whinge : to complain
Whinger : a person who constantly complains
White pointers : topless (female) sunbathers
White wash : Agitated (foaming) sea or (beach) waves
Whiteant (verb) : to criticise something to deter someone from purchasing something
Willy-Willy : A strong circular moving gust of wind or whirlwind, primarily found in the outback of Australia
Windies : West Indies cricket team
Wipe : To completely reject or terminate all contact with a person
Witchery-grub : A plump white coloured grub-like creature usually found in old fallen logs or rotten tree stumps. A favourite meal of the Aborigine
Within a bulls roar : Close by or too close for comfort. See also "within-cooee"
Within-cooee : Close at hand, not far away. A short distance
Wobbly : excitable behaviour ("I complained about the tickets and the manager threw a wobbly")
Wobbly boot on, he's got the : drunk
Wog : flu or trivial illness
Wog : person of Mediterranean origin. A milder insult than the same word in the United Kingdom and perhaps elsewhere
Woolloomooloo : A historic suburb of the city of Sydney
Wombat : somebody who eats, roots and leaves (see also root)
Woop Woop : A fictitious name for any small out-of-place, unimportant town - "he lives somewhere out in the Woop Woop"
Wonky : Unstable, shaky, wobbly
Wowser : a party pooper. A straight-laced person, spoilsport, prude, puritan
Wuss : a person who's a chicken, coward; nervous person or animal
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XXXX : pronounced Four X, brand of beer made in southern Queensland
- Y -
Yabber : chat a lot, to talk (a lot)
Yabby : inland freshwater cray-fish
Yakka : hard physical labour; hard work
Yewy : u-turn in traffic ("chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights")
Yellow fellow : A half-cast Aborigine. Pronounced "Yella Fella"
Yellow fever : gold fever; gold prospecting
Yobbo : a maniac, lunatic, idiot or an uncouth person
Yodel : to throw-up; vomit
Yonnie : a flat stone or pebble
You beaut! - you little beauty! : an exclamation of happiness or jubilance
You der! : you moron; idiot!
You'd make a blowfly sick! : a real insult
You're not wrong : you are right; in total agreement
Yowie : a mythical Australian creature
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Zack : sixpence (5 cents) - "it isn't worth a zack", "he hasn't got a zack"
ziff : a man's beard
Zilch : zero, worth nothing
Zonk : a complete fool
Zonked : tired out; really drunk; over worked and underpaid
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