Aussie Slang

Two kangaroos kissing

Australian slang, known as 'Strine', is a way of using certain words and phrases that have become iconic to Australians. You may find that Australians tend to speak quickly and have an unusual way of pronouncing words. Here is a list of commonly used words and phrases — try them out with your Australian friends!

Phrase/term Meaning
Ace great, excellent
Ankle-biter child
Arvo afternoon
Barbie barbeque
Barrack support (a sports team)
Bathers (also swimmers, cozzies) garment you swim in
Bogan uncool person
Bottle-o bottle shop (liquor store)
Bloke male
Bludger lazy person
Buggered tired, broken
Call it a day finish what you are doing
Dodgy not quite right, suspicious
Dunny toilet
Fair go give someone an equal chance
Give someone a bell call someone on the phone
Good on ya good for you (can be sarcastic)
Have a blue have a fight
Hot under the collar get angry
Idiot box television
Jumper sweater
Knock something to criticise something
Lamingtons sponge cakes coated in chocolate and grated coconut
Larrakin a prankster, someone who likes to have a laugh
Little Aussie battler someone bravely overcoming hardship
Maccas McDonalds
Mate term of friendship
Mucking around playing games, being foolish
No worries no problem, reassurance
Reckon to agree, an opinion
Rip off to cheat
Rug up dress warmly
Servo service station
She'll be right it'll be fine, reassurance
Shout to pay for the next round of drinks
Show you the ropes show you how things work
Slack lazy
Slab pack of 24 cans of beer
Spewin' not happy
Spud a potato
Spunk a good looking person of either sex
Sucked in to be conned or tricked into something
Sunnies sunglasses
Ta thank you
Take a sickie have a day off work
Tea the evening meal (dinner) , or a cup of tea
Thongs cheap rubber backless sandals
Trackie daks tracksuit pants
True blue genuinely Australian
Uni university
Up yourself have a high opinion of yourself
Vegemite spread for toast or bread, savoury in flavour
Veggies vegetables
Veggo a vegetarian
Wag skip school, truancy
Whinge complain
Wonky something unstable, unsteady or shaky
Wuss a coward
Yobbo a rowdy/loud/disruptive person

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