A Beginners Guide to Aussie Slang | Over 120 Slang words (2023)

A Beginners Guide to Aussie Slang | Over 120 Slang words (1)

When you learn English you’re taught how to speak and write ‘proper’ English. Then you visit an English speaking country and start hearing some very strange slang terms. Australian slang is certainly ‘interesting’! Whether you’re dreaming of visiting Australia, have just arrived or have been in this gigantic island of paradise for a while, there are a few Australian slang words that you should learn to help you get through day to day life.

Although Australia is an English speaking country, arriving into the country with little knowledge of the most popular Aussie slang words may just get you into a few awkward situations. It’s worth noting that Aussies have a tendency to shorten most words in the English vocabulary as well. You will soon become accustomed to this! Here are a list of some common slang words (some found in other English speaking countries) that should help you get by…

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125 Australian Slang Words & Phrases

  1. A Cold One– Beer
  2. Accadacca – How Aussies refer to Australian band ACDC
  3. Ankle Biter – Child
  4. Arvo– Afternoon (S’Arvo – this afternoon!)
  5. Aussie Salute– Wave to scare the flies
  6. Avo – Avocado
  7. Bail– To cancel plans. ‘Bruce bailed’ = Bruce isn’t going to turn up.
  8. Barbie– Barbecue
  9. Bathers– Swimsuit
  10. Beauty! – Great! Most often exclaimed as “You Beauty”
  11. Billabong– A pond in a dry riverbed
  12. Billy– Teapot (In the Outback on the fire)
  13. Bloody– Very. Used to extenuate a point
  14. Bloody oath – yes or its true. “You right mate?”… “Bloody Oath”
  15. Bludger – Someone who’s lazy, generally also who relies on others (when it’s someone who relies on the state they’re often called a ‘dole bludger’)
  16. Bogan –This word is used for people who are, well let’s say, rednecks. Or, if you like, just call your friends aboganwhen they are acting weird.
  17. Booze Bus– Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers
  18. Bottle-O – Bottle Shop, basically a place to buy alcohol
  19. Brekky– Breakfast
  20. Brolly– Umbrella
  21. Bruce – An Aussie Bloke
  22. Buckleys Chance – little chance (Buckley’s Chance Wiktionary)
  23. Budgie Smugglers – Speedos
  24. Buggered – Exhausted
  25. Bush – “Out in the bush” – “he’s gone bush” In the countryside away from civilisation
  26. Cab Sav– Cabernet Sauvignon
  27. Cactus– Dead, Broken
  28. Choc A Bloc– Full
  29. Choccy Biccy– Chocolate Biscuit
  30. Chook – Chicken
  31. Chrissie– Christmas
  32. Ciggy– a Cigarette
  33. Clucky– feeling maternal
  34. Cobber– Very good friend. ‘Alright me ‘ol cobber’.
  35. Coldie – Beer. ‘Come over for a few coldie’s mate.’
  36. Coppers– Policemen
  37. Crack the shits – Getting angry at someone or something
  38. Crikey – an expression of surprise
  39. Crook– Being ill or angry; ‘Don’t go crook on me for getting crook’
  40. C*nt, the “C” word– Used when exchanging pleasantries between close friends or family member. If someone calls you the “C” word in Australia (and you haven’t done anything to make them angry), then breathe a sigh of relief… it means you have entered the mate zone.
  41. Dag – Someone who’s a bit of a nerd or geek.
  42. Daks – Trousers. ‘Tracky daks’ = sweatpants (tracksuit pants)
  43. Dardy – meaning “cool”, is used amongst South West Australian Aboriginal peoples and has also been adopted by non-indigenous teens. – wikipedia
  44. Deadset– True
  45. Defo – Definitely
  46. Devo– Devastated
  47. Drongo – a Fool, ‘Don’t be a drongo mate’
  48. Dunny– Toilet
  49. Durry – Cigarette
  50. Esky– An insulated container that keeps things cold (usually beers)
  51. Facey – Facebook
  52. Fair Dinkum– ‘Fair Dinkum?’ … ‘Fair Dinkum!’ = Honestly? … Yeah honestly!
  53. Flannie / Flanno –flannelette shirt
  54. Flat out – Really busy – “Flat out like a lizard drinking” – As busy as a bee
  55. Footy – Football (AFL / Aussie Rules)
  56. Frothy– Beer
  57. F*ck Me Dead– that’s unfortunate, that surprises me
  58. Furphy – rumours or stories that are improbable or absurd
  59. G’day– Hello
  60. Galah – an Australian cockatoo with a reputation for not being bright, hence a galah is also a stupid person.
  61. Gnarly – awesome – often used by surfers
  62. Going off– busy, lots of people / angry person “he’s going off”
  63. Good On Ya– Good work
  64. Goon– the best invention ever produced by mankind.Goonis a cheap, boxed wine that will inevitably become an integral part of your Australian backpacking experience.
  65. Hard yakka– Hard work
  66. Heaps– loads, lots, many
  67. Hoon – Hooligan (normally driving badly!)
  68. Iffy – bit risky or unreasonable
  69. Knickers– female underwear
  70. Lappy – Laptop
  71. Larrikin – Someone who’s always up for a laugh, bit of a harmless prankster
  72. Legless– Someone who is really drunk
  73. Lollies– Sweets
  74. Maccas– McDonalds
  75. Manchester – Sheets / Linen etc. If you’re from England, finding a department within a shop called Manchester could seriously confuse you.
  76. Mongrel – Someone who’s a bit of a dick
  77. Mozzie – Mosquito
  78. No Drama – No problem / it’s ok
  79. No Worries– No problem / it’s ok
  80. No Wucka’s – A truly Aussie way to say ‘no worries’
  81. Nuddy– Naked
  82. Outback – The interior of Australia,“TheOutback” is more remote than those areas named “the bush”
  83. Pash– to kiss
  84. Piece of Piss– easy
  85. Piss Off– go away, get lost
  86. Piss Up– a party, a get together and in Australia – most social occasions
  87. Piss– (To Piss) to urinate
  88. Pissed– Intoxicated, Drunk
  89. Pissed Off – Annoyed
  90. Rack Off – The less offensive way to tell someone to ‘F Off’!
  91. Rapt – Very happy
  92. Reckon– for sure. ‘You Reckon?’… ‘I reckon!’
  93. Rellie / Rello – Relatives
  94. Ripper – ‘You little ripper’ = That’s fantastic mate!
  95. Root Rat– someone who enjoys sex (maybe a little too much)
  96. Rooted– Tired or Broken
  97. Runners– Trainers, Sneakers
  98. Sanger – Sandwich
  99. Servo– Service Station / Garage
  100. Shark biscuit – kids at the beach
  101. Sheila – A woman
  102. She’ll be apples – Everything will be alright
  103. Shoot Through – To leave
  104. Sick – awesome; ‘that’s really sick mate’
  105. Sickie– a sick day off work, or ‘to pull a sickie’ would be to take a day off when you aren’t actually sick
  106. Skull – To down a beer
  107. Slab– A carton of beers
  108. Smoko – Cigarette break
  109. Snag– Sausage
  110. Stiffy– Erection
  111. Stoked– Happy, Pleased
  112. Straya– Australia
  113. Strewth – An exclamation of surprise
  114. Stubby– a bottle of beer
  115. Stubby Holder – Used so your hands don’t get cold when holding your beer, or to stop your hands making your beer warm!
  116. Stuffed– Tired
  117. Sunnies – Sunglasses
  118. Swag– Single bed you can roll up, a bit like a sleeping bag.
  119. Tea– Dinner
  120. Tinny – Can of beer or small boat
  121. Thongs– Flip Flops. Do not be alarmed if your new found Australian friend asks you to wear thongs to the beach. They are most likely expressing their concern of the hot sand on your delicate feet.
  122. True Blue – Genuinely Australian
  123. Tucker– Food. ‘Bush Tucker’ tends to be food found in the Outback such as witchety grubs.
  124. Two Up – A gambling game played on Anzac day.
  125. U-IE– to take a U-Turn when driving
  126. Up Yourself – Stuck up
  127. Woop Woop – middle of nowhere “he lives out woop woop”
  128. Ya– You
  129. Yous – (youse) plural of you!

Some of these words may not be as commonly used these days, but you might still hear them being used ironically or by older Australians.

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How To Speak Australian

Once you’ve been in Australia for, well, an hour, you’ll notice that nearly every word has an ‘o’ on the end of it. This is because for some weird reason Australians like to shorten every word and then add a vowel to the end of it… e.g. “bottle-o” (Bottle shop / off license) “servo” (garage / service station).

Oddly though, some of these words end up being longer than they were originally. At other times they’ll just add a different vowel instead of the ‘o’. MacDonalds, you know that famous fast food burger joint, is only known as Macca’s over here! I think the video below perfectly illustrates this unique way of speaking Australian!

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Australian Phrases & Sayings

Some phrases can be a bit more difficult to work out than the abbreviations Australians use. When someone exclaimed to me: “OMG check out hisbudgie smugglers” I really had absolutely no clue what they were talking about. Let’s just say it only refers to men, and they tend to be wearing speedos!

I was at the bar and my friend says “it’s my shout mate“. Huh?! This is an important one to know. If it’s their shout they’re going to be paying. Another common one to hear at the pub is “he’s blotto“… Yeah don’t buy that guy another drink he’s already had too many!

The word “bogan” is a typically Aussie slang word as well. This word is used for people who are, well let’s say, rednecks. Or, if you like, just call your friends aboganwhen they are acting weird.

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If you find yourself in a bit of an argument and you begin to act unreasonably you might be told to “pull ya head in“, if however you’re right (stubborn) and you really want the other person to believe what you’re saying you can say “fair dinkum mate“.

Worried that something isn’t going to plan? “No worries, she’ll be right mate” – It’s not a problem, everything will be okay!

Put somesnagson thebarbie” – this is a statement you’ll hear way more often than “Put a shrimp on the barbie”… why? Well because snags, i.e. sausages, exist, whereas in Australia shrimps don’t… they’re known as prawns!

Heard that someone is “Flat out like a lizard drinking“? The English phrase for this would be “busy as a bee”.

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I was doing a little googling on this particular topic and came across a website, called the Australian slang dictionary. Scanning through it I found an expression that I just had to share: “He’s got kangaroos loose in the top paddock“. The meaning of the phrase? Someone who is a bit wacky. Or, as the dictionary says in a prettier way; someone who is intellectually challenged.

Top Tip!If you’re really stuck but want to seem as though you’re beginning to learn some of the local Australia language – the lingo if you will, always say hello by saying “G’day” and always add “mate” to the end of every sentence.

Now you’ve learnt some Australian slang and phrases why not try some typical Aussie Food?

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What are 5 Aussie slang words or phrases? ›

Australian slang: 33 phrases to help you talk like an Aussie
  • Wrap your laughing gear 'round that.
  • Dog's breakfast. ...
  • Tell him he's dreaming. ...
  • A few stubbies short of a six-pack. ...
  • What's the John Dory? ...
  • Have a Captain Cook. ...
  • No worries, mate, she'll be right. ...
  • Fair go, mate. Fair suck of the sauce bottle. ...
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What is Australian slang for girl? ›

5. Sheila = Girl. Yes, that is the Australian slang for girl.

How do Aussies say friend? ›

Mate. “Mate” is a popular word for friend. And while it's used in other English-speaking countries around the world, it has a special connection to Australia.

How do Aussie say hello? ›

The most common verbal greeting is a simple “Hey”, “Hello”, or “Hi”. Some people may use Australian slang and say “G'day” or “G'day mate”. However, this is less common in cities. Many Australians greet by saying “Hey, how are you?”.

Why do Aussies say tah? ›

'Ta' means 'thank you'. "A: Can you please pass me the sauce? B: Sure, here you go. A: Ta."

What do Aussies call babies? ›

Contributor's comments: The meaning of Bubs I grew up with is a baby, or quite often the youngest member of the family is called "bubs" from an older sibling.

Is Oi an Australian word? ›

Oi /ɔɪ/ is an interjection used in various varieties of the English language, particularly Australian English, British English, Irish English, New Zealand English, and South African English, as well as non-English languages such as Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, Japanese, and Portuguese to get the attention of another person or ...

How do Aussies say goodbye? ›

Catch you later is an Australian slang form of saying 'goodbye'. A: Anyway, it's time for me to go home. Catch you later.

What does BAE mean in Australia? ›

BAE. An acronym meaning “before anyone else.” It's used between romantic partners or close friends.

What do Aussies call police? ›

traps, trappers or jacks – police. These Australianisms have been largely replaced by the international cops, coppers, pigs or bacon. However the older, more affectionate wallopers is also still used.

How do Australians say beautiful? ›

Beaut!/Beauty!: beaut, beauty or 'you beauty' is a very Australian way to say that something is great.

How do Aussies say goodnight? ›

It's "good evening", or the non-time specific "g'day". Contributor's comments: I grew up in Brisbane, and have never, heard 'Goodnight' as a greeting.

What do Australians call their mothers? ›

Certainly if you're in the US, your mother is your “mom” – short for “mommy” and in the UK, Australia and New Zealand it's “mum” – shortened from “mummy”.

Why do Australians say Bluey? ›

Mostly coined in Australia than anywhere else in the world, 'bluey' is (generally) used as an affectionate nickname for a redhead. It is thought by some to have derived from the early 1900s as a form of irony. Blue is evidently contrasting with red, thus being used as a joke.

How do Aussies respond to thank you? ›

No worries

If you say 'thank you' to an Australian or you show your appreciation for something they've done for you, this is often the reply you'll hear.

How do Aussies say good morning? ›

3. “G'day

What do Australians call soda? ›

In Australia and New Zealand, "soft drink" or "fizzy drink" is typically used.

Why do Aussies say Vale? ›

They do not mention the death of a person. My big dictionary says vale relates to the declining years of a person's age, but then it says vale relates to goodbye, farewell, adieu. To valedict is to bid farewell.

Why do Aussies add O to words? ›

In Australian English, diminutives are usually formed by taking the first part of a word, and adding an ending such as a, o, ie, or y. Sometimes, no ending is added. While the form of a diminutive is arbitrary, their use follows strict rules. Diminutives are not used creatively.

What do Australians call pants? ›

dacks (daks) – trousers, most likely derived from the London clothier Daks (founded in 1894). Trackie dacks are tracksuit trousers, and underdacks are underpants or knickers.

What do Australians call mcdonalds? ›

Here in Australia, however, McDonald's most prevalent nickname is “Macca's”. A recent branding survey commissioned by McDonald's Australia found that 55 per cent of Australians refer to the company by its local slang name.

What is Bub slang for? ›

bub (plural bubs) (slang) A woman's breast.

What does im off ya mean? ›

To be completely intoxicated You're off ya chops!

Why do Aussies say mate? ›

The Australian National Dictionary explains that the Australian usages of mate derive from the British word 'mate' meaning 'a habitual companion, an associate, fellow, comrade; a fellow-worker or partner', and that in British English it is now only in working-class use.

What does AMI mean in Australia? ›

About the Australian Marketing Institute

The purpose of the AMI is to provide cutting edge marketing theory and practice to fuel progress in the careers of marketers. AMI has advanced the marketing profession since 1933, and today is Australia's pre-eminent professional marketing body.

What does woke mean in Australia? ›

September 2022) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Woke (/ˈwoʊk/ WOHK) is an English adjective meaning "alert to racial prejudice and discrimination" that originated in African-American Vernacular English (AAVE).

Do Australians say mate? ›

The word “mate” is very common in Australian and British English and can help you sound a lot more natural when speaking Englsih in these places. Although it's not used in American English, it is understood by English speakers all over the world.

What do Aussies call lollipops? ›

It is short for lollipop. Now that all seems fairly straight-forward, until we learn that lolly is actually the Australian word for sweets – i.e. British lollies but without the sticks. In other words, the correct translation for “Süßigkeiten” in Australia is “lollies”.

What do you call FBI in Australia? ›

The ACIC is Australia's national criminal intelligence agency.

What do Aussies call kangaroos? ›

A female kangaroo is known as a 'flyer' or a 'doe' and a male kangaroo a 'buck' or a 'boomer' (hence the nickname of the Australian men's basketball team, the Boomers). They live in social groups called mobs.

What do Australians call a pretty girl? ›

I would say the most commonly used slang word to refer to a beautiful woman would be “sort” or “good sort”.

What is Australian slang for dinner? ›

Aussie Slang
Teathe evening meal (dinner) , or a cup of tea
Thongscheap rubber backless sandals
Trackie dakstracksuit pants
True bluegenuinely Australian
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What do Aussies say instead of Cheers? ›

"Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi" is a cheer or chant often performed at Australian sport events. It is a variation of the Oggy Oggy Oggy chant used by both soccer and rugby union fans in Great Britain from the 1960s onwards.

What do Australians call a parking lot? ›

Car Park

Why do Aussies call us Poms? ›

Australians have been using the word freely since its probable emergence in the late 19th century as a nickname for English immigrants, a short form of pomegranate, referring to their ruddy complexions.

What do babies call their dad? ›

So because kids are often to learn those words — and repeat them over and over in a process called reduplication — dads take on a variety of nicknames, like “dada,” “papa,” and even “baba,” which has origins in the Middle East, according to Dictionary.com.

What is the most Australian phrase? ›

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  • Yeah, nah. Perhaps the most beautiful expression in the Australian vernacular. ...
  • Go off like a frog in a sock. A mysterious phrase meaning that something—a party, for example—is particularly entertaining and vibrant. ...
  • Have a root. ...
  • Have a squiz. ...
  • Pull ya head in. ...
  • Having a Barry Crocker. ...
  • Ta. ...
  • Sweet as.
22 May 2017

What are some Aussie swear words? ›

Exclamatory phrases
  • Bugger off/me. “Bugger” is common in both Aussie and British slang, and vaguely refers to someone or something that is annoying. ...
  • F*** me dead. ...
  • GFY. ...
  • Fair suck of the sav.
4 Nov 2014

What is cool Australian slang? ›

Ask an Aussie to name a truly Australian word, and they might yell "Bonzer!" Bonzer, sometimes also spelled bonza, means "first-rate" or "excellent," and it is the Australian equivalent of the American "awesome": "It's a good clean game ... and the standard is red hot," Thies said.

How do you speak Australian slang? ›

Aussie lingo to add to your vocab
  1. G'day mate = hello friend.
  2. Fair dinkum = it's the truth.
  3. You beauty = that's great.
  4. Better hit the frog and toad = better get going.
  5. Flat out like a lizard drinking = very busy.
  6. Bog in and have some tucker = eat dinner.
  7. What a stinker of a day = it's a hot day.
  8. I reckon! = absolutely.
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What do Aussies call men? ›

Bloke: another word for a man. Bludger: an Australian term for a lazy person. Bogan: the Australian equivalent of a redneck.

How do Aussies say no worries? ›

No furries

Certainly, no worries (along with its offspring) featured in our slang survey of 2300 Australians, and on the ABC Facebook pages (where listeners posted their favourite slang expressions). In fact, it's one of Australia's international success stories.

What is a LiLO in Australia? ›

Language in Little Ones (LiLO) is a research study conducted by the Child Health, Development and Education (inclusive of the Fraser Mustard Centre) team at Telethon Kids Institute, who are based in Adelaide, South Australia.

What do Australians say weird? ›

Ripper – 'You little ripper' = That's fantastic mate! Stubby Holder – Used so your hands don't get cold when holding your beer, or to stop your hands making your beer warm! Swag – Single bed you can roll up, a bit like a sleeping bag. Thongs – Flip Flops.

Do Aussies swear? ›

Swearing is not just frequent in Australia,” says Krafzik. “It's also frequent in other countries. It's that swearing seems to be found in more contexts and more situations across more social classes downunder.”

What does Bro mean in Australia? ›

Like the equivalent Australian term of “mate”, “bro” can be applied to all manner of people, with the difference in meaning only distinguishable by tone. There's “good to see you bro”, which should be taken as a friendly greeting.

Do Australians say oi? ›

Oi /ɔɪ/ is an interjection used in various varieties of the English language, particularly Australian English, British English, Irish English, New Zealand English, and South African English, as well as non-English languages such as Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, Japanese, and Portuguese to get the attention of another person or ...

How do Australia say thank you? ›

Cheers, mate” is the same as the English word, Thank You, while “No worries” or No drama” translates to “You're welcome” in Australian slang.


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