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.

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FAQs

What are Aussie slang words? ›

Ta, bogan, brekkie and more popular Australian slang terms you heard before
  • ta – thank you. ...
  • sheila – woman or female. ...
  • bloke – man or guy. ...
  • bogan – an uncultured or unsophisticated person. ...
  • brekkie – breakfast. ...
  • barbie – barbecue. ...
  • mate – friend. ...
  • crikey!
May 14, 2020

How do Aussies say hello? ›

How ya goin'?” is the ultimate Aussie greeting. If you're not from Australia, this mash-up of “How are you?” and “Where are you going?” might leave you a little perplexed. If it helps, think of how the Brits say “y'alright?” - it requires no detailed response. In fact, a simple “hey!” will suffice.

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. ...
Dec 18, 2017

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 is YEET in Australia? ›

As an exclamation, yeet broadly means "yes". But it can also be a greeting, or just an impassioned grunt, like a spoken dab.*

What do Australians call kids? ›

Ankle-biter

How do Aussies say thank you? ›

Ta. 'Ta' means 'thank you'.

What is a 20 slang? ›

What's your 20? is part of a system of radio codes called 10-codes. They developed in the late 1930s when police squads began using two-way radio to communicate. One was 10-20, meaning “location.” Asking What's your 20? emerged as a way to seek another's whereabouts.

How do Australians say kiss? ›

Pash (pash) / Kiss.

What do you call a woman in Australia? ›

2. sheila – woman or female.

How do Australians say beautiful? ›

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

What do Aussies call cigarettes? ›

Durry, a New Zealand or Australian slang term for cigarette.

What is goodbye in Australian? ›

Broadcaster and wordsmith Kel Richards says the meaning of the Australian phrase “hoo roo” is simply “goodbye”. That is the Australian version – it doesn't exist anywhere else in the world – but it's descended from a group of English words like hoorah and hooray,” he told Sky News host Chris Smith.

What do you call a friend in Australia? ›

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. In the past, mate has been used to address men, but it can be gender-neutral. In Australia, you'll also hear mate used in an ironic sense.

What does woke mean in Australia? ›

In the 21st century's first decade, the use of woke encompassed the earlier meaning with an added sense of being "alert to social and/or racial discrimination and injustice".

What do Australians call BBQ? ›

In Australia, barbecuing is a popular summer pastime, often referred to as a "barbie". Traditional meats cooked are lamb chops, beef steak, and sausages (colloquially known as "snags").

What do Australians call lunch? ›

Save this question. Show activity on this post. From another question I found out that Australians and New Zealanders call lunch and snacks crib.

What do Australians call a sandwich? ›

Sanger is an alteration of the word sandwich. Sango appeared as a term for sandwich in the 1940s, but by the 1960s, sanger took over to describe this staple of Australian cuisine.

What do Australians call food? ›

that Australians use for food. You will hear this word used a lot in more in country towns compared to the city. “I'm really hungry, I can't wait to get some tucker.”

How do Australians say garbage? ›

bin. Avoid the use of the word garbage at all costs especially if you are trying to get children to throw something out, as you are giving them good reason to ignore you. You throw 'rubbish' out in the 'bin' in Australia.

How does an Australian say no? ›

While some Australian speakers would pronounce “no” as a diphthong, starting on “oh” as in dog and ending on “oo” as in put, others begin with an unstressed “a” (the sound at the end of the word “sofa”), then move to the “oh” and then “oo”.

How do you say milk in Australia? ›

Milk, for example, in South Australia has a vocalised /l/, leading to the pronunciation [mɪʊ̯k], whereas in other states the /l/ is pronounced as a consonant. In Victoria, many speakers pronounce /æ/ and /e/ in a way that is distinct from speakers in other states.

How do you say I love you in Australian? ›

Spread hand out so no fingers are touching.
...
"I Love You" in Different Languages.
AfrikaansEk is lief vir jou Ek het jou lief
Assyr AssyrianAz tha hijthmekem ANA KI BAYINAKH
Australian'ave a beer :-) (Please keep in mind that this is only a joke! Yes, Australians speak English.)
AzerbaijanianMen seni severam
148 more rows
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What are tampons like in Australia? ›

Australian tampons are some of the highest quality in the world, and often Aussies living abroad want the quality, protection and comfortable design that only Australian tampons offer.

What is the most Australian phrase? ›

The 10 Most Aussie Sayings Ever
  • 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.
May 22, 2017

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. In the past, mate has been used to address men, but it can be gender-neutral.

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. If you do happen to talk to an Australian they may ask you if you are fair dinkum.

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 do Australians say when excited? ›

To be stoked

Meaning: Extremely enthusiastic, exhilarated, or excited about something. Example: “Mate, I'm stoked about our surfing trip this weekend”.

What do Aussies call beer? ›

Grog is a general term for beer and spirits (but not wine). Australians enjoy having a few beers or a bevvie (short for beverage), a frostie, a coldie or a couple of cold ones. Beer is also known as liquid amber, amber nectar or liquid gold.

What is soda called in Australia? ›

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

What do Australians call breakfast? ›

brekkie – breakfast

Although it sounds like breakfast for kids, brekkie is the Australian meal everyone has in the morning.

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