What was striking to me moving to Australia more than 10 years ago was the extensive use of slang.  Slang terminology was used for many things in everyday conversations.  Town names were shortened. Most people had a nickname that involved a shortening of their first or last name. It was everywhere. Even the most famous word in the Australian language 'mate' is changed to matey.

Slang Makes You More Popular

A new study by Dr Kidd at the ANU (Australian National University has shown that slang used with an Australian accent makes you more likeable in Australia. Australians use of slang and shortening of words using the "ie" and the "o" at the end of the words is extensive. 

The team at ANU were interested in specific types of slang where people shorten the words with an "ie" or "o" sound. I live in Melbourne and as part of that one of the things that I've always been amazed that is how Australians can shorten almost anything using this approach. Most of the time it relates to places but it is also often used with people's names. Most Australians have a nickname and if you have a look at their nicknames they will often end in these sounds.

For example a town near where I live is called Dandenong period it is shortened to Dandy.  And Broadmeadows is shortened to Broadie and even my last name can be shortened. One of the cool products in the the US  and internationally is a product called Ugg Boots.  In Australia many people use the term Uggies for Ugg boots. Now the interesting thing in this study is that people found the actors in the study a lot more likeable if they use the slang term. The exception is if you were using an accent other than an Australian accent using the slang terms it had no effect period

One of Australian birds is called a budgerigar. It is shortened to budgie. The word breekie is often used for breakfast arvo is used for afternoon. The list goes on.

Translating and localizing Australian is one of our services. Here are few more things that make Australian slang interesting.  

Here is sample of the A to Z of Australian Slang


Ace!: Excellent! Very good! 
Aerial Ping-Pong: Australian Rules football 
Amber fluid: beer 
Ambo: ambulance, ambulance driver
Ankle biter: small child 
ANZAC: Members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in World War I. Anzac Day, which falls on April 25, is a national holiday. Delicious biscuits (cookies), made with oats and golden syrup, are also known as Anzacs.
Alice, the: Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
Apples, she'll be: It'll be all right 
Apple Isle, the: Tasmania, our only island state.
Arvo: afternoon 
Aussie (pron. Ozzie): Australian
Aussie salute: brushing away flies with the hand 
Avows: avocados


Back of beyond: Way out there somewhere; remote. 
Bag of fruit: Rhyming slang for a man’s suit
B & S: Bachelors' and Spinsters' Ball - a very enjoyable party usually held in rural areas 
Back of Bourke: a very long way away 
Bail (somebody) up: to corner somebody physically 
Bail out: depart, usually angrily 
Balmain Bug: Small type of crayfish. Named after the trawler men of the historic Sydney suburb of Balmain, who pioneered the industry. 
Banana bender: a person from Queensland 
Barbie: barbecue (noun) 
Barney: An argument or a dispute
Barrack: to cheer on (football team etc.) 
Barramundi: Aboriginal name for a large tasty fish found in the waters of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Bastard: term of endearment 
Bathers: swimming costume
Battler: someone working hard and only just making a living 
Beaut, beauty: great, fantastic 
Bell: To call someone on the telephone. “I’ll give you a bell from the back of beyond.�?
Big Smoke: a big city, especially Sydney or Melbourne
Big-note oneself: brag, boast 
Bikkie: biscuit (also "it cost big bikkies" - it was expensive)
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. 
Billy: teapot. Container for boiling water.
Bingle: motor vehicle accident
Bities: biting insects 
Bitzer: mongrel dog (bits of this and bits of that) 
Bizzo: business ("mind your own bizzo") 
Black Stump, beyond the: a long way away, the back of nowhere 
Blind Freddy: The person who can immediately see the bleedin’ obvious. “Blind Freddy can tell he’s a bludger�?.
Bloke: man, guy 
Bloody: very (bloody hard yakka) 
Bloody oath!: That’s certainly true 
Blow in the bag: have a breathalyser test 
Blowie: blow fly 
Bludger: lazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on other people to do things or lend him things
Blue: fight ("he was having a blue with his wife") 
Blue, make a: make a mistake 
Bluey: pack, equipment, traffic ticket, redhead 
Bluey: blue cattle dog (named after its subtle markings) which is an excellent working dog. Everyone's favourite all-Aussie dog. 
Bluey: heavy wool or felt jacket worn by mining and construction workers.
Bluey: bluebottle jellyfish
Bodgy: of inferior quality 
Bog in: commence eating, to attack food with enthusiasm 
Bog standard: basic, unadorned, without accessories (a bog standard car, telephone etc.)
Bogan: person who takes little pride in his appearance, spends his days slacking and drinking beer
Bogged: Stuck in mud, deep sand (a vehicle). 
Boil-over: an unexpected (sporting) result
Bondi cigar: see "brown-eyed mullet" 
Bonzer: great, ripper 
Boogie board: a hybrid, half-sized surf board 
Boomer: a large male kangaroo 
Booze bus: police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers 
Boozer: a pub 
Bored shitless: very bored 
Bottle shop: liquor shop 
Bottle-o: liquor shop (originally a man with hessian bags going around picking up beer bottles in the 50's and 60's)
Bottler: something excellent 
Bottling, his blood's worth: he's an excellent, helpful bloke. 
Bounce: a bully 
Bourke Street, he doesn't know Christmas from: he's a bit slow in the head. (Bourke Street is a brightly lit Melbourne street) 
Bowl of rice, not my: not my cup of tea; I don't like it
Brass razoo, he hasn't got a: he's very poor 
Brekkie: breakfast 
Brick shit house, built like a: big strong bloke 
Brickie: bricklayer 
Brisvegas: Brisbane, state capital of Queensland 
Brizzie: Brisbane, state capital of Queensland 
Brown-eyed mullet: a turd in the sea (where you're swimming!) 
Brumby: a wild horse 
Buck's night: stag party, male gathering the night before the wedding 
Buckley's, Buckley's chance: no chance ("New Zealand stands Buckley's of beating Australia at football") 
Budgie smugglers: men's bathing costume
Bull artist: A teller of tall tales; a braggart. Closely related to a big noter
Bull bar: stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos (also roo bar) 
Bundy: short for Bundaberg, Queensland, and the brand of rum that's made there 
Bung, to: To put on an act; to throw. “There’s no need to bung it on with me.�? 
Bunyip: mythical outback creature 
Bush: the hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in town 
Bush bash: long competitive running or motorcar race through the bush
Bush oyster: nasal mucus
Bush telly: campfire
Bush tucker: Native foods such as berries, roots and food stuffs, such as edible insects, known to Aborigines and only recently discovered by European Australians.
Bushed, I’m: “I’m tired.�? 
Bushie: someone who lives in the Bush 
Bushman's hanky: Emitting nasal mucus by placing one index finger on the outside of the nose (thus blocking one nostril) and blowing.
Bushranger: highwayman, outlaw 
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
BYO: unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own grog, also similar party or barbecue


Cab Sav: Cabernet Sauvignon (a variety of wine grape)
Cactus: dead, not functioning ("this bloody washing machine is cactus") 
Cane toad: a person from Queensland
Captain Cook: look (noun) ("let's have a Captain Cook") 
Cashed up: Having plenty of ready money. 
Cark it: to die, cease functioning 
Cat burying shit, as busy as a: busy 
Cat's piss, as mean as: mean, stingy, uncharitable 
Cheese and kisses: Rhyming slang for wife
Chemist: Pharmacy or drugstore
Chewy: chewing gum 
Chips: French fries or potato crisps
Chokkie: chocolate 
Chook: a chicken 
Chrissie: Christmas 
Christmas: see Bourke Street 
Chuck a sickie: take the day off sick from work when you're perfectly healthy 
Chuck a wobbly: To go berserk
Chunder: vomit 
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.
Clayton’s: fake, substitute 
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
Cleanskin: cattle that have not been branded, earmarked or castrated.
Click: kilometre - "it's 10 clicks away" 
Clucky: feeling broody or maternal 
Coathanger: Sydney Harbour bridge
Cobber: friend 
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)
Cockie: cockatoo
Cockie: cockroach
Cockroach: a person from New South Wales 
Coldie: a beer 
Come a cropper: To fall heavily or have an accident. 
Come a gutser: make a bad mistake, have an accident 
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, not within: figuratively a long way away, far off - England weren't within cooee of beating Australia at cricket 
Cooee, within: nearby - I was within cooee of landing a big fish when the line broke. He lives within cooee of Sydney.
Cook (noun): One's wife 
Cop, to: Take a look at that! 
Corker: something excellent. A good stroke in cricket might be described as a 'corker of a shot'
Corroboree: an aboriginal dance festival 
Counter lunch/Countery: pub lunch 
Cozzie: swimming costume
Cot case: A drunk or exhausted person, fit only for bed. 
Crack a fat: get an erection 
Crack onto (someone): to hit on someone, pursue someone romantically
Cranky: in a bad mood, angry 
Cream (verb): defeat by a large margin
Crikey: An expression of surprise. 
Crook: sick, or badly made 
Crow eater: a person from South Australia 
Crows, stone the: A mild oath
Cubby house: Small, usually timber, house in the garden used as a children's plaything.
Cut lunch: sandwiches 
Cut lunch commando: army reservist
Cut snake, mad as a: very angry 
Cuppa: A cup of tea.


Dag: a funny person, nerd, goof 
Daks: trousers 
Damper: bread made from flour and water 
Date: arse[hole] ("get off your fat date") 
Dead dingo's donger, as dry as a: dry 
Dead horse: Tomato sauce
Deadset: true, the truth 
Dero: tramp, hobo, homeless person (from "derelict") 
Dickhead: see "whacker"
Digger: a soldier 
Dill: an idiot 
Dilly-bag: A small woven bag carried by Aboriginal women. Often used to describe a small bag of any sort.
Dingo: A native dog
Dingo's breakfast: a yawn, a leak and a good look round (i.e. no breakfast) 
Dinkum, fair dinkum: true, real, genuine ("I'm a dinkum Aussie"; "is he fair dinkum?") 
Dinky-di: the real thing, genuine 
Dipstick: a loser, idiot 
Divvy van: Police vehicle used for transporting criminals. Named after the protective 'division' between the driver and the villains.
Dob (somebody) in: inform on somebody. Hence dobber, a tell-tale 
Dobber: An informant who has “dobbed in�? someone. 
Docket: a bill, receipt 
Doco: documentary 
Dog: unattractive woman 
Dog's balls, stands out like: obvious 
Dog’s breakfast: A mess. 
Dog's eye: meat pie
Dole bludger: somebody on social assistance when unjustified 
Donger: penis 
Doodle: penis 
Doovalacky: used whenever you can't remember what something is called. Thingummyjig, whatsit.
Dover: The brand name of a bushman’s knife. “To flash one’s Dover,�? means to open a clasp knife to begin a meal.
Down Under: Australia and New Zealand 
Drink with the flies: to drink alone 
Drongo: a dope, stupid person 
Dropkick: see 'dipstick'
Drover: A person who herds stock or sheep over a long distance.
Drum: information, tip-off ("I'll give you the drum") 
Duchess: sideboard 
Duffer, cattle: rustler 
Dumper: The bane of all surfers, a dumper is a large wave that tosses you around like a piece of driftwood instead of carrying you in to shore
Dummy, spit the: get very upset at something 
Dunny: outside lavatory 
Dunny budgie: blowfly 
Dunny rat, cunning as a: very cunning 
Durry: tobacco, cigarette
Dux: top of the class (n.); to be top of the class (v.) - "She duxed four of her subjects".


Earbasher: Someone who talks endlessly; a bore.
Earbashing: nagging, non-stop chatter 
Ekka: the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show
Enzed: New Zealand. An Enzedder is a New Zealander.
Esky: large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc. 
Exy: expensive


Face, off one’s: drunk ("He was off his face by 9pm") 
Fair dinkum: true, genuine 
Fair go: a chance ("give a bloke a fair go") 
Fair suck of the sav!: exclamation of wonder, awe, disbelief (see also "sav") 
Fairy floss: candy floss, cotton candy 
Fang: To drive around at high speed. 
Far out: Unbelievable
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
Feral (n.): a hippie
Fig jam: "F*ck I'm good; just ask me". Nickname for people who have a high opinion of themselves.
First cab off the rank: To jump at an oppor
Fisho: fishmonger 
Flake: shark's flesh (sold in fish & chips shops) 
Flake (out), to: Collapse, fall asleep or change plans with your mates.
Flat out: Very busy.
Flat out like a lizard drinking: flat out, 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 buying it. 
Flush: Having plenty of money.
Fly wire: gauze flyscreen covering a window or doorway. 
Footy: Australian Rules football 
Fossick: search, rummage ("fossicking through the kitchen drawers") 
Fossick: to prospect, e.g. for gold
Fossicker: prospector, e.g. for gold
Franger: condom 
Freckle: anus 
Fremantle Doctor: the cooling afternoon breeze that arrives in Perth from the direction of Freeo
Freo: Fremantle in Western Australia
Frog in a sock, as cross as a: sounding angry - a person or your hard drive! 
Fruit loop: fool 
Full: drunk 
Furphy: false or unreliable rumour


G’Day: hello! 
Gabba: Wooloongabba - the Brisbane cricket ground
GAFA (pron. gaffa): the big nothingness of the Australian Outback. Great Australian F**k All.
Galah: fool, silly person. Named after the bird of the same name because of its antics and the noise it makes. 
Garbo, garbologist: municipal garbage collector 
Ghan, The: Nickname for the Afghani camel drivers who helped open up the Outback. Also, the name of the train running from Adelaide to Darwin.
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") 
Gobsmacked: surprised, astounded
Going off: used of a night spot or party that is a lot of fun - "the place was really going off" 
Goodo: Good one. 
Good oil: useful information, a good idea, the truth 
Good onya: good for you, well done 
Goog, as full as a: drunk. "Goog" is a variation of the northern English slangword "goggie" meaning an egg. 
Grasshopper: A bush term for a tourist, especially in tourist groups:
Greenie: environmentalist 
Grinning like a shot fox: very happy, smugly satisfied 
Grog: liquor, beer ("bring your own grog, you bludger") 
Grouse (adj.): great, terrific, very good 
Grundies: undies, underwear (from Reg Grundy, a television person) 
Gum tree: Eucalyptus tree. 
Gutful: More than enough. 
Gutful of piss: drunk, "he's got a gutful of piss" 
Gutless: Lacking courage.
Gyno: gynaecologist


Handle: beer glass with a handle 
Hard yakka: Hard work.
Harold Holt, to do the: To bolt. (Also "to do the Harold")
Heaps: a lot, e.g. "thanks heaps", "(s)he earned heaps of money" etc. 
Heaps, to give: To give someone a hard time.
Holy dooley!: an exclamation of surprise = "Good heavens!", "My goodness!" "Good grief!" or similar
Hoon: hooligan 
Hooray: Goodbye, so long. 
Hooroo: goodbye 
Hotel: often just a pub 
Hottie: hot water bottle 
Howzat!: How’s that!


Iceberger: Someone who swims during winter in unheated water, usually in the ocean. 
Icy pole, ice block: popsicle, lollypop


Jackaroo: a male trainee station manager or station hand (a station is a big farm/grazing property) 
Jillaroo: a female trainee station manager or station hand 
Joey: baby kangaroo 
Journo: journalist 
Jug: electric kettle
Jumbuck: sheep 
Jumper: A sweater


Kanga: Kangaroo. 
Kangaroos loose in the top paddock: Intellectually inadequate ("he's got kangaroos loose in the top paddock") 
Kelpie: Australian sheepdog originally bred from Scottish collie 
Kero: kerosene 
Kick in: To help out with money
Kindie: kindergarten 
Knock: to criticise 
Knock back: refusal (noun), refuse (transitive verb) 
Knocker: somebody who criticises 
Koala: A lovable nocturnal marsupial, often mistakenly referred to as a bear
Kookaburra: Australian kingfisher bird with brown and white feathers and a distinctive almost human laugh
Kylie: The West Australian Nyungar Aboriginal word for boomerang.


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 
Lair it up: to behave in a brash and vulgar manner 
Lamington: Sponge cake squares dipped in chocolate and coated in grated coconut. 
Larrikin: a bloke who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster 
Lash out, to: Spend money freely. 
Legless: Someone who is so intoxicated they can’t walk.
Lend of, to have a: to take advantage of somebody's gullibility, to have someone on ("he's having a lend of you") 
Lilly-Pilly: Bush tucker. An Indigenous purple berry.
Lingo: Language.
Lippy: lipstick 
Liquid laugh: vomit 
Lizard drinking, flat out like a: flat out, busy 
Loaded: Extremely wealthy. 
Lob, lob in: drop in to see someone ("the rellies have lobbed") 
Lollies: sweets, candy 
London to a brick: absolute certainty ("it's London to a brick that taxes won't go down") 
Long paddock: the side of the road where livestock is grazed during droughts
Longneck: 750ml bottle of beer in South Australia
Lucky Country, the: Australia, where else? 
Lunch, who opened their?: OK, who farted? 
Lurk: illegal or underhanded racket


Maccas (pron. "mackers"): McDonald's (the hamburger place) 
Mallee bull, as fit as a: very fit and strong. The Mallee is very arid beef country in Victoria/South Australia. 
Manchester: Household linen, eg sheets etc.
Mappa Tassie: map of Tasmania - a woman's pubic area 
Marge: Margarine.
Mate: buddy, friend 
Mate's rate, mate's discount: cheaper than usual for a "friend" 
Matilda: swagman's bedding, sleeping roll
Metho: methylated spirits 
Mental, to chuck a: To lose one’s temper. 
Mexican: a person from south of the Queensland or New South Wales border 
Mickey Mouse: excellent, very good. Beware though - in some parts of Australia it means inconsequential, frivolous or not very good! 
Middy: 285 ml beer glass in New South Wales 
Milk bar: corner shop that sells takeaway food 
Milko: milkman 
Missus, the: Slang for wife
Mob: group of people, not necessarily troublesome 
Mob: family or herd (?) of kangaroos 
Mongrel: despicable person 
Moolah: money
Moral: Tribe or group of emotionally connected companions
Moreton Bay Bug: Small crayfish from the waters of Queensland and northern Australia.
Mozzie: mosquito 
Muddy: mud crab (a great delicacy) 
Mug: friendly insult ("have a go, yer mug"), gullible person 
Mulga, The: Type of acacia tree found in the dry inland areas of Australia.
Mull: grass (the kind you smoke) 
Mullet, stunned: Someone who is dazed or uncomprehending. 
Muster: round up sheep or cattle 
Mystery bag: a sausage


Nana: To be mentally deranged or to lose your temper
Nasho: National Service (compulsory military service) 
Naughty, have a: have sex 
Neck oil: Common term for beer
Never Never: the Outback, centre of Australia 
Nick, to: Steal.
Nipper: young surf lifesaver 
No drama: same as 'no worries'
No worries!: Expression of forgiveness or reassurance (No problem; forget about it; I can do it; Yes, I'll do it) 
No-hoper: somebody who'll never do well 
Not the full quid: not bright intellectually 
Nong: A fool or silly person
Nuggety: A short, thickset person.
Nuddy, in the: naked 
Nulla-nulla: An Aboriginal war club.
Nun's nasty, as dry as a: dry 
Nut out: hammer out or work out (an agreement, say)


O.S.: overseas ("he's gone O.S.") 
Ocker: an unsophisticated person 
Offsider: an assistant, helper 
Old fella: penis
Old man: A fully grown male kangaroo.
Oldies: parents - "I'll have to ask my oldies" 
Onya: Congratulations
Op shop: opportunity shop, thrift store, place where second hand goods are sold.
Orstralia: Australia in broad Aussie Outback dialect.
Outback: interior of Australia 
Oz: Australia!


Paralytic: Extremely intoxicated.
Paddock: see 'long paddock'
Pat Malone: Rhyming slang for “own�?. 
Pash: a long passionate kiss; hence "pashing on" 
Pav: Pavlova - a rich, creamy Australian / New Zealand dessert 
Perks: Little extras; the side benefits.
Perve (noun & verb): looking lustfully at the opposite sex 
Petrol: Gasoline
Pie floater: Meat pie floating in a bowl of pea soup. 
Piece of piss: easy task 
Pig's arse!: I don't agree with you 
Piker: Someone who doesn't want to fit in with others socially, leaves parties early 
Pink slip, get the: get the sack (from the colour of the termination form)
Pint: large glass of beer (esp. in South Australia)
Piss: beer. Hence "hit the piss", "sink some piss" 
Plate, bring a: Instruction on party or BBQ invitation to bring your own food. It doesn't mean they're short of crockery! 
Plonk: cheap wine 
Pokies: poker machines, fruit machines, gambling slot machines 
Polly: politician 
Pom, pommy, pommie: an Englishman • See the complaint about "Pom" etc. 
Pommy bastard: an Englishman (see also 'bastard') 
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 
Porky: Lie, untruth (pork pie = lie)
Port: suitcase (portmanteau)
Possie: A position or spot. 
Postie: postman, mailman 
P-plate: Newly licensed drivers in Australia have to display a (Provisional) P-plate for three years and are known as P-platers.
Pot: 285 ml beer glass in Queensland and Victoria 
Prang: A car crash or accident
Prawn: What Americans call a shrimp
Pozzy: position - get a good pozzy at the football stadium 
Prezzy: present, gift 
Pub: Public house, hotel or bar
Pull your head in: Mind your own business.


Quid, make a: earn a living - "are you making a quid?" 
Quid, not the full: of low IQ. [Historical note: 'quid' is slang for a pound. £1 became $2 when Australia converted to decimal currency] 

Rack off: push off! get lost! get out of here! also "rack off hairy legs!". 
Rafferty’s rules: No rules at all.
Rage: party 
Rager: Someone who likes to party. 
Rage on: to continue partying - "we raged on until 3am" 
Rapt: pleased, delighted 
Ratbag: mild insult 
Ratty: Mad or deranged
Raw prawn, to come the: to bullshit, to be generally disagreeable 
Razoo: An imaginary coin of no value. 
Reckon!: You bet! Absolutely! 
Redback: A small black spider with a red spot on its back
Reffo: refugee 
Rego: vehicle registration 
Rellie or relo: family relative 
Ridgy-didge: original, genuine 
Right, she'll be: it'll be all right
Right, that'd be: Accepting bad news as inevitable. ("I went fishing but caught nothing." "Yeah, that'd be right.")
Ring-in: Something replaced fraudulently. 
Ringer: In sheep country a ringer is the fastest shearer
Rip snorter: great, fantastic - "it was a rip snorter of a party" 
Ripper: great, fantastic - "it was a ripper party" 
Ripper, you little!: Exclamation of delight or as a reaction to good news
Road train: big truck with many trailers 
Roadie: a beer you buy to take away with you
Rock up: to turn up, to arrive - "we rocked up at their house at 8pm" 
Rollie: a cigarette that you roll yourself 
Roo: kangaroo 
Roo bar: stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos (also bull bar)
Root (verb and noun): synonym for f*ck in nearly all its senses: "I feel rooted"; "this washing machine is rooted"; "(s) he’s a good root". A very useful word in fairly polite company. 
Root rat: somebody who is constantly looking for sex.
Ropeable: very angry 
Rort (verb or noun): Cheating, fiddling, defrauding (expenses, the system etc.). Usually used of politicians 
Rotten: drunk - "I went out last night and got rotten" 
Rough: Originally the word referred to a bad shearing job, nowadays it means something unreasonable. 
Roughie: A cheat, someone who tries to “pull a swiftie�?. 
Round: Originally, to round up cattle, but nowadays refers to buying a “round�? of drinks at the pub.
Rubbish (verb): to criticize 
Rug-rat: A small child.


Salute, Aussie: brushing flies away 
Salvos, the: Salvation Army, bless them 
Sandgroper: a person from Western Australia 
Sanger: a sandwich 
Sav: saveloy (see also "fair suck of the sav!") 
Schooner: large beer glass in Queensland; medium beer glass in South Australia 
Scorcher: A very hot day. 
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
Shandy: A drink composed mostly of beer and a dash of lemonade. 
Shark biscuit: somebody new to surfing 
She'll be right: it'll turn out okay 
Sheepshagger: A New Zealander
Sheila: a woman 
She’ll be right: Everything will be okay. 
Sherbert: A beer
Shit house (adj.): of poor quality, unenjoyable ("this car is shit house", "the movie was shit house")
Shit house (noun): toilet, lavatory
Shonky: dubious, underhanded. E.g. a shonky practice, shonky business etc. 
Shoot through: to leave 
Shout: turn to buy - a round of drinks usually ("it's your shout") 
Show pony: someone who tries hard, by his dress or behaviour, to impress those around him.
Sickie: day off sick from work (chuck a sickie = take the day off sick from work when you're perfectly healthy!) 
Silvertail: Someone with social aspirations
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 
Slacker: Someone who avoids hard work
Sleepout: house verandah converted to a bedroom 
Sling-off, to: To ridicule or mock.
Smoko: smoke or coffee break 
Snaky: Angry. 
Snag: a sausage 
Sook: person or animal who is soft, tame, inoffensive. Hence sooky (adj.) 
Spag bol: spaghetti bolognese 
Sparrow fart: Very early in the morning. 
Spewin': very angry 
Spiffy, pretty spiffy: great, excellent
Spinner: Used in the gambling game, Two-up. 
Spit the dummy: get very upset at something 
Sport: A friendly greeting.
Spruiker: man who stands outside a nightclub or restaurant trying to persuade people to enter
Sprung: caught doing something wrong 
Spunk: a good looking person (of either sex) 
Squattocracy: Modern day descendants of the original squatters who leased Crown land for grazing. 
Squizz (noun): look - "take a squizz at this" 
Standover man: a large man, usually gang-related, who threatens people with physical violence in order to have his wishes carried out.
Station: a big farm/grazing property 
Stickybeak: nosy person 
Stinker: An objectionable person. 
Stir, to: To provoke someone. 
Stoked: very pleased
Stonkered: beaten, defeated, cornered, perplexed
Strewth: exclamation, mild oath ("Strewth, that Chris is a bonzer bloke") 
Strides: trousers 
Strike, to: A mild oath. 
Strine: Australian slang and pronunciation 
Stubby: a 375ml. beer bottle 
Stubby holder: polystyrene insulated holder for a stubby 
Stuffed, I feel: I'm tired 
Stuffed, I'll be: expression of surprise 
Sunbake: sunbathe 
Sundowner: Itinerant worker. 
Sunnies: sunglasses 
Surfies: people who go surfing - usually more often than they go to work! 
Swag: rolled up bedding etc. carried by a swagman 
Swaggie: swagman 
Swagman: tramp, hobo 
Swimmers: Bathing costume.


Ta: Thank you. 
Tall poppies: successful people 
Tall poppy syndrome: the tendency to criticize successful people 
Tallie: 750ml bottle of beer
Tassie: Tasmania
Taswegian: derogatory term for a person from Tasmania 
Tea: supper
Tea tree: An aromatic tree whose oil has healing qualities. 
Technicolor yawn: vomit 
Tee-up: to set up (an appointment) 
Thingo: Wadjamacallit, thingummy, whatsit 
Thongs: cheap rubber backless sandals 
Throw-down: small bottle of beer which you can throw down quickly.
Tickets, to have on oneself: to have a high opinion of oneself 
Tin lid: Rhyming slang for kid
Tinny: can of beer 
Tinny: small aluminium boat
Tinny, tin-arsed: lucky
Togs: swim suit 
Too right!: definitely!
Toot: Toilet.
Tomato sauce: Ketchup 
Top End: far north of Australia 
Trackie daks/dacks: tracksuit pants
Trackies: track suit 
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.
Trough lolly: the solid piece of perfumed disinfectant in a men's urinal 
Truckie: truck driver 
True blue: patriotic 
Tucker: food 
Tucker-bag: food bag 
Turps: turpentine, alcoholic drink 
Turps, hit the: go on a drinking binge 
Two-bob: Cheap; of little value. 
Two-pot screamer: Someone who is very susceptible to alcohol. 
Two up: gambling game played by spinning two coins simultaneously


Uey: Also, uy and youee. To “chuck a Uey�? is to make a U-turn while driving.
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.
Ugh: ugly. hence Ugg boots
Uni: university 
Unit: flat, apartment
Up a gum tree: Confused, not sure what to do 
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 late" 
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. 
Ute: utility vehicle, pickup truck


Vedgies: vegetables 
Vee dub: Volkswagen 
Veg out: relax in front of the TV (like a vegetable) 
Vegemite: Sometimes referred to as Australia’s national food. 
Vejjo: vegetarian 
Vinnie's: St. Vincent De Paul's (charity thrift stores and hostels)


WACA (pron. whacker): Western Australian Cricket Association and the Perth cricket ground
Waggin' school: playing truant 
Walkabout: a walk in the Outback by Aborigines that lasts for an indefinite amount of time 
Waltzing Matilda: Australia’s unofficial national anthem. 
Walkabout, it's gone: it's lost, can't be found 
Weekend warrior: army reservist
Westie: A resident of Sydney’s western suburbs.
Westralian: Someone from Western Australia
Whacker, whacka: Idiot; somebody who talks drivel; somebody with whom you have little patience; a dickhead
Whacko: A positive exclamation such as “whacko the diddle O�? or “whacko the chook�?
Whinge: complain 
White pointers: topless (female) sunbathers 
White ant (verb): to criticise something to deter somebody from buying it. A car dealer might white ant another dealer's cars or a real estate salesman might white ant another agent's property 
Witchetty: In the language of the Aborigines of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, a witchetty is a hooked stick to remove grubs from tree roots. 
Wobbegong: A New South Wales Aboriginal word for several species of sea-bed dwelling sharks. 
Wobbly: excitable behaviour ("I complained about the food and the waiter 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 UK and perhaps elsewhere. 
Wombat: somebody who eats, roots and leaves (see also root) 
Woomera: An Aboriginal implement used to propel a spear.
Woop Woop: invented name for any small unimportant town - "he lives in Woop Woop" 
Worries, no: Not a problem!
Wowser: straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport 
Write-off: Tired, or destroyed.
Wuss: coward; nervous person or animal


XXXX: pronounced Four X, brand of beer made in Queensland


Yabber: talk (a lot) 
Yabby: inland freshwater crayfish found in Australia (Cherax destructor)
Yahoo: Originally a New South Wales Aboriginal word meaning an evil spirit, now means a hooligan.
Yakka: work (noun) 
Yam: An edible tuberous root
Yarn, to: To tell a bit of a tale. 
Yewy: u-turn in traffic ("chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights") 
Yobbo: an uncouth person 
Youse: Sland for plural you.


Zack: sixpence (5 cents) - "it isn't worth a zack", "he hasn't got a zack" 
Zonked (out): Tired, exhausted