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Australian Slang

Crikey, mate! It's a fair dinkum to say that Aussies talk funny! Well, not funny, but different.

You've probably heard someone from Australia talk and perhaps commented about their accent and the way they spoke. While people from Australia speak English, they have a very unique vocabulary that can make a bloke cranky!

Here are some common Australian slang terms so the next time you watch a Crocodile Dundee movie, watch an old episode of the Crocodile Hunter on TV, watch the Wiggles, or listen to Olivia Newton-John speak, you may be able to understand what they are saying.

Here are some of the most used slang terms:

  • Ace! - Excellent!
  • Amber fluid - beer
  • Ankle biter - small child
  • Apples, she'll be - It'll be all right
  • Aussie (pronounced Ozzie) - Australian
  • Barbie - barbecue
  • Battler - someone who works hard but just making a living
  • Beaut, beauty - great or fantastic
  • Bingle - motor vehicle accident
  • Bloke - man or guy
  • Blue - fight
  • Blue, make a - make a mistake
  • Boozer - a pub
  • Bush - anywhere that isn't in town
  • Cark it - to cease functioning
  • Chewie - chewing gum
  • Chokkie - chocolate
  • Chook - a chicken
  • Chrissie - Christmas
  • Cobber - friend
  • Coldie - a beer
  • Come a gutser - make a bad mistake and have an accident
  • Cranky - in a bad mood or be very angry
  • Crikey - Christ
  • Dag - a funny person, nerd or goof
  • Daks - trousers
  • Dinkum, fair dinkum - true, real or genuine
  • Dinky-di- the real thing
  • Dipstick - a loser or idiot
  • Down Under - Australia and New Zealand
  • Drink with the flies - to drink alone
  • Drongo - a dope or stupid person
  • Earbashing - nagging, non-stop chatter
  • Exy - expensive
  • Fair dinkum - true or genuine
  • Fair go - have a chance
  • Fruit loop - fool
  • Full - drunk
  • Furphy - false or unreliable rumor
  • G'Day - hello!
  • Give it a burl - try it or have a go
  • Good oil - useful information
  • Good onya - good for you
  • Heaps - a lot
  • Holy dooley! - an exclamation of surprise
  • Hoon - hooligan
  • Hooroo - goodbye
  • Joey - baby kangaroo
  • Journo - journalist
  • Kindie - kindergarten
  • Knock - to criticize
  • Lippy - lipstick
  • Lollies -sweets or candy
  • Mate -buddy or friend
  • Mob - group of people
  • Mongrel - despicable person
  • Moolah - money
  • No-hoper - somebody who'll never do well
  • Not the full quid - not bright intellectually
  • Oldies - parents
  • Outback -interior land of Australia
  • Oz - Australia!
  • Polly - politician
  • Postie - postman
  • Rapt -pleased or delighted
  • Ratbag - mild insult
  • Rego - vehicle registration
  • Rellie or relo - family relative
  • Ridgy-didge - original
  • Roo - kangaroo
  • Sanger - a sandwich
  • Sheila - a woman
  • Stoked - very pleased
  • Sunbake - sunbathe
  • Sunnies - sunglasses
  • Tinny - can of beer
  • Trackies - track suit
  • Ugh - ugly
  • Uni - university
  • Waggin' school - playing truant
  • Walkabout - a walk for an indefinite amount of time
  • Yabber - talk a lot
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