Aussie Slang Explained

A Ace!: Excellent! Very good!
Aerial pingpong: Australian Rules football
Amber fluid: beer
Ankle biter: small child
Apples, she'll be: It'll be alright
Arvo: afternoon
Aussie (pron. Ozzie): Australian
Aussie salute: brushing away flies with the hand
Avos: avocados

B 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
Banana bender: a person from Queensland
Barbie: barbecue (noun)
Barrack: to cheer on (football team etc.)
Bastard: term of endearment
Bathers: swimming costume
Battler: someone working hard and only just making a living
Beaut, beauty: great, fantastic
Big-note oneself: brag, boast
Bikkie: biscuit (also "it cost big bikkies" - it was expensive)
Billabong: an ox-bow river or watering hole
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
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
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 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
Bunyip: mythical outback creature
Bush: the hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in town
Bush bash: long competitive running race through the bush
Bush oyster: nasal mucus
Bush telly: campfire
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

C 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")
Cark it: to die, cease functioning
Cat burying shit, as busy as a: busy
Cat's piss, as mean as: mean, stingy, uncharitable
Chewie: chewing gum
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
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
Cockie: cockatoo
Cockie: cockroach
Cockroach: a person from New South Wales
Coldie: a beer
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
Corker: something excellent. A good stroke in cricket might be described as a 'corker of a shot'
Corroboree: an aboriginal dance festival
Counter lunch: pub lunch
Cozzie: swimming costume
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
Crook: sick, or badly made
Crow eater: a person from South Australia
Cut lunch: sandwiches
Cut lunch commando: army reservist
Cut snake, mad as a: very angry

D 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
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
Docket: a bill, receipt
Doco: documentary
Dog: unattractive woman
Dog's balls, stands out like: obvious
Dog's eye: meat pie
Dole bludger: somebody on social assistance when unjustified
Donger: penis
Doodle: penis
Down Under: Australia and New Zealand
Drink with the flies: to drink alone
Drongo: a dope, stupid person
Dropkick: see 'dipstick'
Drum: information, tip-off ("I'll give you the drum")
Duchess: sideboard
Duffer, cattle: rustler
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".

E Earbashing: nagging, non-stop chatter
Ekka: the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show
Esky: large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.
Exy: expensive

F 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
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
Figjam: "F*ck I'm good; just ask me". Nickname for people who have a high opinion of themselves.
Fisho: fishmonger
Flake: shark's flesh (sold in fish & chips shops)
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.
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 G'Day: hello!
Gabba: Wooloongabba - the Brisbane cricket ground
Galah: fool, named after the bird of the same name which flies south in the winter - a bloody silly thing to do in the Southern Hemisphere
Garbo, garbologist: municipal garbage collector
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"
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.
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)
Gutful of piss: drunk, "he's got a gutful of piss"
Gyno: gynaecologist

H Handle: beer glass with a handle
Heaps: a lot, e.g. "thanks heaps", "(s)he earned heaps of money" etc.
Holy dooley!: an exclamation of surprise = "Good heavens!", "My goodness!" "Good grief!" or similar
Hoon: hooligan
Hooroo: goodbye
Hotel: often just a pub
Hottie: hot water bottle

I Icy pole, ice block: popsicle, lollypop

J Jackaroo: a male station hand (a station is a big farm/grazing property)
Jillaroo: a female station hand
Joey: baby kangaroo
Journo: journalist
Jumbuck: sheep

K 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
Kindie: kindergarten
Knock: to criticise
Knock back: refusal (noun), refuse (transitive verb)
Knocker: somebody who criticises

L 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
Lark: a bit of fun
Larrikin: a bloke who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster
Lend of, to have a: to take advantage of somebody's gullibility, to have someone on ("he's having a lend of you")
Lippy: lipstick
Liquid laugh: vomit
Lizard drinking, flat out like a: flat out, busy
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

M 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
Mate: buddy, friend
Mate's rate, mate's discount: cheaper than usual for a "friend"
Matilda: swagman's bedding, sleeping roll
Metho: methylated spirits
Mexican: a person from south of the (Queensland) 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
Mob: group of people, not necessarily troublesome
Mob: family or herd (?) of kangaroos
Mongrel: despicable person
Moolah: money
Mozzie: mosquito
Muddy: mud crab (a great delicacy)
Mug: friendly insult ("have a go, yer mug"), gullible person
Mull: grass (the kind you smoke)
Muster: round up sheep or cattle
Mystery bag: a sausage

N Nasho: National Service (compulsory military service)
Naughty, have a: have sex
Never Never: the Outback, centre of Australia
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
Nuddy, in the: naked
Nun's nasty, as dry as a: dry
Nut out: hammer out or work out (an agreement, say)

O O.S.: overseas ("he's gone O.S.")
Ocker: an unsophisticated person
Offsider: an assistant, helper
Old fella: penis
Oldies: parents - "I'll have to ask my oldies"
Op shop: opportunity shop, thrift store, place where second hand goods are sold.
Outback: interior of Australia
Oz: Australia!

P Pash: a long passionate kiss; hence "pashing on"
Pav: Pavlova - a rich, creamy Australian dessert
Perve (noun & verb): looking lustfully at the opposite sex
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: an Englishman
Pommy bastard: an Englishman
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)
Postie: postman, mailman
Pot: 285 ml beer glass in Queensland and Victoria
Pozzy: position - get a good pozzy at the football stadium
Prezzy: present, gift

Q 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]

R Rack off: push off! get lost! get out of here! also "rack off hairy legs!".
Rage: party
Rage on: to continue partying - "we raged on until 3am"
Rapt: pleased, delighted
Ratbag: mild insult
Raw prawn, to come the: to bullshit, to be generally disagreeable
Reckon!: you bet! Absolutely!
Reffo: refugee
Rego: vehicle registration
Rellie or relo: family relative
Ridgy-didge: original, genuine
Right, she'll be: it'll be alright
Right, that'd be: Accepting bad news as inevitable. ("I went fishing but caught nothing." "Yeah, that'd be right.")
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
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"
Rubbish (verb): to criticize

S 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
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
Shark biscuit: somebody new to surfing
She'll be right: it'll turn out okay
Sheila: a woman
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!)
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
Sleepout: house verandah converted to a bedroom
Smoko: smoke or coffee break
Snag: a sausage
Sook: person or animal who is soft, tame, inoffensive. Hence sooky (adj.)
Spewin': very angry
Spiffy, pretty spiffy: great, excellent
Spit the dummy: get very upset at something
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)
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
Stoked: very pleased
Stonkered: drunk
Strewth: exclamation, mild oath ("Strewth, that Chris is a bonzer bloke")
Strides: trousers
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
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

T Tall poppies: successful people
Tall poppy syndrome: the tendency to criticize successful people
Tallie: 750ml bottle of beer
Taswegian: derogatory term for a person from Tasmania
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
Tinny: can of beer
Tinny: small aluminium boat
Tinny, tin-arsed: lucky
Togs: swim suit
Too right!: definitely! 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

U Uni: university
Unit: flat, apartment
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

V Vedgies: vegetables
Vee dub: Volkswagen
Veg out: relax in front of the TV (like a vegetable)
Vejjo: vegetarian
Vinnie's: St. Vincent De Paul's (charity thrift stores and hostels)

W 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
Walkabout, it's gone: it's lost, can't be found
Weekend warrior: army reservist
Whacker, whacka: Idiot; somebody who talks drivel; somebody with whom you have little patience; a dickhead
Whinge: complain
White pointers: topless (female) sunbathers
Whiteant (verb): to criticise something to deter somebody from buying it. A car dealer might whiteant another dealer's cars or a real estate salesman might whiteant another agent's property
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)
Woop Woop: invented name for any small unimportant town - "he lives in Woop Woop"
Wowser: straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport
Wuss: coward; nervous person or animal

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

Y Yabber: talk (a lot)
Yabby: inland freshwater crayfish found in Australia (Cherax destructor)
Yakka: work (noun)
Yewy: u-turn in traffic ("chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights")
Yobbo: an uncouth person

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