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Common Australian Slang Words Explained

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G'day, I'm a true blue Aussie, and here are some of the most common everyday Australian slang words you'll hear us Aussies popping into the conversation! We regularly substitute English words for slang, so even if you speak English you may be confused or amused at the sentences we put together.

We actually use a lot more slang than these words in our everyday conversations, because we use slang if we want to shorten a sentence! It's not that we don't like a good chin wag (conversation), Aussies are typically friendly, but we keep our language mostly informal and our conversations to the point. For example, we shorten words when when we describe someones profession, and generally no one takes any offence to this. A brick layer becomes a "Brickie" just like a truck driver is a "Truckie“ and the postman is our “Postie”. We do tricky things with our mates names to shorten them too - our friend Dave becomes Dave-O and Robert becomes Robbo, but Ben becomes Benny and Michelle becomes Shelly! You’ll just pick it up after a while!

You’ll notice below, some of our slang words have two meanings, depending on the tone of your voice, For example, if you say the words "Far out!" it can mean something has happened which is fantastic, or it can equally mean you think something is really bad and disappointing! It's the same deal with the word "Crikey!".

I hope you enjoy learning some of the most common Australian slang words.

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Common Aussie Slang Words:

  • G'day! - Hi!
  • Hooroo - Bye!
  • Ta - Thanks!
  • Dunny - Toilet.
  • Dunno - I don't know...
  • Yeah nah - No
  • Nah yeah - Yes
  • Yeah nah for sure - Definitely!
  • Bucks - Dollars
  • Mate - Can be anyone you know (instead of using their name)
  • It’s sweet - Everything is alright
  • Sheila - Unrefined Australian female
  • Okker - Unrefined Australian male
  • Boogie - Snot
  • Chick or Chickie babe - Cute Aussie lady.
  • Bloke - Aussie male
  • True Blue - Totally Australian
  • Aussie - From Australia
  • Straya - Australia
  • Sanga - A sandwich
  • Buggalugs / Possum - Friendly endearment
  • Barbie - Barbeque (BBQ)
  • Snags - Sausages.
  • Abso bloody lutely - Absolutely
  • Ripper - Fantastic!
  • Barney - An argument
  • Agro - Angry
  • Fishy - Suspicious
  • Betcha - I bet you
  • Bludger - Lazy person
  • Dole bludger - Lazy and unemployed
  • Peckish - Hungry
  • Tank top - Singlet
  • Bananas - Going crazy
  • Berko - Going crazy
  • Crickey! / Blimey! - Surprised (good or bad)
  • Struth! - Shocked!
  • Thongs - Flip-flop shoes
  • Undies - Underwear
  • Grundys - Underwear
  • Daks - Pants
  • Nicky nocks - Knickers
  • Over shoulder boulder holder - Bra
  • Swimmies, togs - Swimwear
  • Budgies - Men’s swimmer bottoms
  • Sanger - Sandwich
  • O.J - Juice
  • Cactus - Broken
  • Kaput - Broken
  • Cheezed off - Annoyed
  • Far out - Great! or that's bad!
  • Fair dinkum - It's true - or is it true?
  • Waffle - talking nonsense
  • Chockie - Chocolate
  • I'm chockers! - I'm full (I can't eat another thing!)
  • Choof off - Leave
  • A fizzer - It didn’t work as planned
  • Tucker - A meal
  • Bottle O - Alcohol shop
  • Watering hole - Pub
  • Yobbo - Nerd, uncouth person
  • Daggy - Out of fashion
  • Durry - Cigarette
  • Hard yakka - Hard work
  • Earbash - Someone pestering you.
  • Egg on- To encourage someone
  • Fanny - A woman’s private parts
  • Fancy pants - Describing something fancy
  • Cake hole - Mouth
  • Get nicked - Go away!
  • Rack off - Go away!
  • Bugger off - Go away!
  • Bugger me - Shocked.
  • Dodgy - suspicious
  • Footy - National Rugby League
  • Soccer - Football (With the round ball).
  • Goon - Wine from a cask.
  • Bull dust - A lie
  • Ratbag - Untrustworthy person
  • Iffy - Suspicious
  • Cark It - Die
  • Veg out - Relax
  • Oldies - Parents
  • Relies - Relatives
  • Quids - Money
  • Zonked iut - Exhausted
  • No worries - That's okay!
  • No prob - Not a problem
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Did you know?

  • In almost all states of Australia it is illegal to keep a Kangaroo as a pet, but legal to shoot them.
  • In all states it is legal to eat Kangaroo (though not everyone feels comfortable about that). It’s sold in most grocery stores.
  • Kangaroo meat is red meat, usually cooked like a steak, or in a stew or stir fry. It is lean meat, therefore seen as a healthy meat choice.
  • Koalas sure look cute and cuddly but they have very sharp claws and many suffer from a form of Syphilis.
  • Even in suberbia, Australians have a few dangerous animal species in their house, car and yards from time to time. Usually things like the Red Belly Black Snake, Brown Snakes, the Funnelweb spider and the Redback spider. All of which can be deadly if anti-vemon isn't administered quickly if you are bitten. We don’t get bitten often by these, though there are many, many creepy crawlers around,some of which do bight like the green ant, fire ant, ticks and mosquitos. To be honest, sometimes we can’t even identify all the little insects that bight us in summer, but we know they’re harmless so they don’t really bother us much at all. We wear insect repellant outside as needed if they get too bothersome. Of course there’s sharks at our favourite beaches, wild fox and dingos in our national parks. And at home, inside and out, our spiders are something we get used to (except for the deadly Funneweb, which doesn’t surface often but almost everyone has a story about).
  • Huntsman spiders, which grow to almost the size of your hand, do like to come inside. Not just to sit on the walls of your lounge room and bedroom, but also in your car. While we know they are harmless, they give us a fright just from their size and their speed. Their ugly hairy legs scuttle so quickly up and down walls and it is truly creepy, but it’s even worse when they run across your windscreen while you‘re driving!
  • Particularly in summer, meals are eaten outside and prepared on a BBQ. Commonly it’s the mans job to cook the food on the BBQ, and the women prepare the table and a salad as a side dish. Alcohol while cooking dinner and consuming it is common if you have visitors.
  • In Australia bablies wear nappies, not diapers and are given dummies not pacifiers. We push our babies in a pram until they’re about 3 or 4 years old. We buy a second pram for taking them jogging.
  • Our spelling can be a little different to others who speak the same English. A mother is mum, not mom. We write colour not color.
  • While Australia is a huge country, taking many days to cross by car (if you dared to drive though the desert). Australians think they all have the same accent. And tthose from the bush just use more Aussie slang.
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Comments:

Jaspal Singh from India / Australia on April 01, 2020:

Very interesting article. I certainly add something to your knowledge. Keep writing.

Pete on February 26, 2020:

Pls add 'Bogan' to your list of words.

Tess from Hawaii on January 28, 2019:

I plan on heading to Australia. Nice hub, still relevant.

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on December 24, 2015:

Thanks Jodah and seasons greetings!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 23, 2015:

You did a good job with this hub stricktlydating. It is a very enjoyable and humorous read (even for a fellow Aussie). Very helpful for our foreign friends. Well done.

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on December 23, 2015:

That's fantastic! Good luck with the success of your book!

Makayla on December 22, 2015:

Just started a book and the male love interest is Australian. This article helped loads! Thank you! Love, a grateful American.

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on October 10, 2013:

G'day Chely! Thanks for asking your question here, but that statement would mean "I teach a top girl" so probably doesn't fit with what you want to say. It's a sweet idea to make your son's teacher a shirt but probably not best to refer to a teacher as a sheila as it can be seen to be offensive! Let me know if you have any other suggestions and best wishes!

chely413 on October 07, 2013:

!!! Please Help !!! I recently saw a shirt rhat said "Me mum's a top sheila" and I want to do something like that for my sons teacher so how would I write "me teach a top sheila" ??

ElaineLove on October 30, 2012:

Love the Aussie Language,very interesting!

bryanbaldwin from Los Angeles on May 01, 2012:

I spent a month down under in January, love the place.

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on March 10, 2012:

G'day Migrant, we say "Cheap and nasty" instead.

migrant on March 10, 2012:

What's the Australian saying for "Cheap and Cheerful" as in U.K or "Cheap and Best"?

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on March 09, 2012:

That's true! I would have said the same thing too!

Dee on March 08, 2012:

One time my friend said Aussie friend said she was going to post something, and I waited and waited to see what she needed to say. Well she waited and waited too, because that meant she wanted my address so she could mail me something. LOL

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on May 13, 2011:

G'day EuroCafeAuLait! yep, it's great to dig into some tucker after a long flight! And we'd never discuss rooting out in public! Ha ha! I enjoyed reading your comment, thanks!

Anastasia Kingsley from Croatia, Europe on May 12, 2011:

G'day, mate! I was in Oz a few years back, and was offered "tucker" after my long flight (huh?). Then the man at the store changed color when I said "I needed a plug" for my electrical appliances. We watched the soccer match and I innocently asked which team we were rooting for. And that was all on my first day!

On the second day I heard that a telephone is "eu de cologne" and that someone was "butcher's" (feeling sick) and that there were "pro's" walking around in the bad part of town. Thanks for reminding me. Fair Dinkum.

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on May 05, 2011:

G'day and thanks for your comments! Diamond Shatter, that's far out! Best wishes with your book.

Diamond Shatter on May 03, 2011:

Wow, this was a great help. I'm trying to write a book and one the the main characters is a girl from Australia, so I have been looking up slang for her to use to make it seem more authentic. Thanks for posting this, it was a great help! Hoo roo!

funmontrealgirl from Montreal on March 22, 2011:

Waaaahhh. What a great read.

Phoebe Pike on March 19, 2011:

I love "Ripper". I think I might start using that at work.

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on February 12, 2011:

G'day Bronson_Hub, thanks for the compliment!

Bronson_Hub from San Francisco, CA on February 11, 2011:

Where has this list been my whole life? Thank you! Love it!

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on January 12, 2011:

Thankyou for your comments!

Right On Time from Australia on December 30, 2010:

It's so natural for us Aussies to use these words, you forget that others perhaps don't understand the beauty of the Aussie slang vocabulary!

Huacanacha on October 04, 2010:

Nice list. Apparently, you can add "sunnies" as well... I had some sideways looks from my colleagues (here at Hubpages :) in the US when I used the term today!

jerseys4kids.com from Vancouver / Bangkok on September 30, 2010:

Great hub ,

I liked it so much , I had a Henry the 3rd in my Reg Gundy's !

Sondra_Roberts on September 17, 2010:

Hoping to visit Australia next year, Lol now I will understand the natives

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on April 18, 2010:

hehe that's funny! Best wishes!

TylerCapp from Los Angeles, California on April 17, 2010:

Great hub! My boss is an Aussie so I have plenty of application for this. Also, I didn't realize she was rubbing off on me! I've started using "no worries" etc.

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on March 30, 2010:

G'day, Thanks for your comments!

Beth Arch from Pearl of the Orient Seas on March 28, 2010:

Nice to know slang words in your country. Thanks for sharing.

saltymick on March 26, 2010:

You Austrians sure talk funny

Kerry43 on March 24, 2010:

Hi LOL...I just wrote a few of these myself. I did forget about the "rack off" though. I haven't heard that one in yonks!

Have a happy day:)

Kez

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on March 17, 2010:

Thanks for your comment thiisoli, I emagine there would be difficulties understanding eachothers accents at times too!

thisisoli from Austin, Texas (From York, England!) on March 10, 2010:

I used to date an Aussie girl we had a few misunderstandings on both sides between Yorkshire and Aussie sayings!

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on March 01, 2010:

Hi Cathi, thanks for your comment - yes "Good on you" or "good on ya" is a common Aussie phrase too! And YUP! We all drive on the other side of the road!

Best wishes!

Cathi Sutton on February 28, 2010:

I loved this! I once worked with a girl from Australia, and the first time she said, "Good on you", I didn't have a clue. She was great, and a blast to work with. But I didn't like to ride with her while she was driving. She constantly went for the wrong side of the road!

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on February 25, 2010:

Thanks Garcilazoand!

garcilazoand from Los Angeles, CA on February 18, 2010:

Hahah. I loved reading this.

Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on February 16, 2010:

No Worries, Grest Hub!

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on February 13, 2010:

Thanks for your comment Part-time Writer - Yep, Paul Hogan is an Aussie (Living in the USA since he married his Co-Star from the Crocodile Dundee movie!). Best wishes!

Part-time Writer from Way Up North (USA) on February 12, 2010:

Your list reminded me of an old movie that I watched and enjoyed a long time ago, "Crocodile Dundee (1986)". Paul Hogan was the star of the movie, ever hear of him? I always thought that he was Aussie, but I'm not sure. Hoo Roo for now.

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on January 26, 2010:

Thanks akirchner & SweetiePie, great to hear from you!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on January 26, 2010:

Love Aussie speak, and one day I hope to visit Australia!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on January 26, 2010:

I have a half brother who lives in Australia and he has tried to teach me Aussie - too hilarious! Love language so I enjoy seeing what means what - great info.

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on January 26, 2010:

Thanks Caroline muscle! Glad you enjoyed it! And bonny2010 great to see another Aussie here at Hubpages! Best wishes!

bonetta hartig from outback queensland on January 26, 2010:

that was great - i enjoyed reading that - made me feel aussie all over again/

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on January 26, 2010:

Crickey, that's a great post!!

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on January 26, 2010:

Thanks MarygrauSheila!

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on January 26, 2010:

Thanks ehern33, it's interesting that you know of some of our slang words!

ehern33 on January 25, 2010:

Some of these are common to this American, maybe from hearing them opver the years. Some make perfect sense to me too. The only thing I am not good saying them with the accent, I am terrible at that. LOL

MarygrauSheila on January 25, 2010:

Interesting especially Ocker.Would like to hear more

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on January 25, 2010:

G'day diogenes, thanks for your message! Yes we still use dinkey-die and ridgy-didge! And thisarvo is this afternoon! Well done! But my sandwich is a Sanga!

Thanks again and Happy Australia Day!

diogenes on January 25, 2010:

Well, dinkey-die, mate, or is that ridgy-didge now or gone forever?

My Aussie slang is 20 years out of date. In my time sandwich was sani, and this afternoon was thisavo...

And I was frequently a bloody whinging Pom!! Bob

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on January 25, 2010:

G'Day Nick B,

Thanks for your comments, I'm glad you found some similarities with the slang words in my Hub! That's great!

And it's Australia Day Today - So Happy Australia day to you in Dorset from Sydney Australia!

StrictlyQuotes (author) from Australia on January 25, 2010:

G'day HmrJmr1, Thanks for your comment, it gave me a good giggle! Best wishes!

Nick B from Normandy, France on January 25, 2010:

Well surprise, surprise. Most of your slang words are just the same as ours! Not surprising really I s'pose.

I mean I'm a bloke, me bird's a chick and I'd be hacked-off if I were a brickie instead of a computer nerd. I wouldn't wear thongs as over here, they're girly undies (and not an awful lot of them at that). A quid's a pound, me rellies are miles away and our barbie's out in the rain.

Nice to know that we may be half a world apart, but speak the same lingo - dodgy as it may be :)

Well, I suppose I should get on and try conversing with MY locals and being from Dorset, they speak really weird...

Hmrjmr1 from Georgia, USA on January 25, 2010:

SD _ I had to learn proper English Slang when I married a Girl from England (The Fairest in the land I might add) so a transition to Aussie is a bit easier but you do have a few you won't hear in Norwich! When I come visit I'll have to print this one out..Cheers!!

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