A Beginner's Guide to Australian Slang | More than 120 slang words (2023)

A Beginner's Guide to Australian Slang | More than 120 slang words (1)

Learning English teaches you to speak and write "proper" English. So you're visiting an English-speaking country and you start hearing some very strange slang terms. Australian slang is certainly "interesting"! Whether you have dreams of visiting Australia, have just arrived, or have been on this gigantic island paradise for a while, there are some Australian slang words you can learn to help you in your day-to-day life.

Although Australia is an English speaking country, arriving in the country with little knowledge of the most popular Australian slang can put you in awkward situations. It's worth noting that Australians also tend to abbreviate most English vocabulary. You will quickly get used to it! Here's a list of some common slang terms (some of them in other English-speaking countries) to get you moving...

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125 Australian Slang Words and Phrases

  1. A cold- Bier
  2. Happens– How Australians call Australian band ACDC
  3. ankle biter- Nino
  4. arvo- Afternoon (S'Arvo- this afternoon!)
  5. Australian greetings- Wave to scare away flies
  6. Avocado- Avocado
  7. Deposit– To cancel plans. 'Bruce jumped' = Bruce does not appear.
  8. Barbie- To a pair
  9. bathers- Swimwear
  10. beauty! - Excellent! Most often called out as "You Beauty".
  11. billabong– A pond in a dry river bed
  12. Come on– Teapot (In the outback around the campfire)
  13. bloody- Very. Used to smooth a point
  14. damn oath- Yes, or it is true. "Are you right, comrade?"... "Bloody oath"
  15. bludger– Someone who is lazy, usually also dependent on others (if someone is dependent on the state, one often speaks of an “unemployed bludger”)
  16. maloqueiro– This word is used for people who are, say, rednecks. Or, if you prefer, call your friends Bogan when they're weird.
  17. Schnapsbus– Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers
  18. Botella-O– Bottle Shop, basically a place to buy alcohol.
  19. Breakfast- Breakfast
  20. umbrella- umbrella
  21. Bruce- An Australian boy
  22. Buckleys Chance- few chances (Buckleys Chance Wiktionary)
  23. Budgie Smuggler- Swimming trunks
  24. surprises- Exhausted
  25. Busch- "Out in the bush" - "He's in the bush" In the country, far from civilization
  26. save cabin- Cabernet-Sauvignon
  27. Cactus- dead, broken
  28. shock absorber- Complete
  29. Bicicleta Choccy- Chocolate chip cookie
  30. Schock- Polo
  31. Chrissi- birth
  32. Cigarette- A cigar
  33. awkward- feel motherly
  34. Amigo- Very good friend. 'Okay, 'old cobbler'.
  35. called- Beer. Come get a buddy.
  36. copper- Police officers
  37. break that shit- to be angry with someone or something
  38. Crikey- an expression of surprise
  39. cheat– being sick or angry; "Don't treat me as a cheater"
  40. C*nt, the word "C"– Used when exchanging favors between close friends or relatives. When someone in Australia calls you the 'C' word (and you haven't done anything to upset them), breathe a sigh of relief... it means you've entered the dunking zone.
  41. And– Someone who is a bit of a nerd or geek.
  42. daks- Trousers. 'Tracky daks' = sweatpants (sweatpants)
  43. Dardy– means 'cool', used by the Aborigines of South West Australia and has also been adopted by non-Indigenous youth. –Wikipedia
  44. standstill- TRUE
  45. Lack- Definitely
  46. devo- devastated
  47. Drongo– a Loco, 'Don't be a Drongo comrade'
  48. Dunny- bathroom
  49. Length of time- Cigarette
  50. Old– An insulated container that keeps things cold (usually beer)
  51. Face- Facebook
  52. Feria Dinkum- 'Very authentic?' ...'Very authentic!' = Honest? ... Yes, honestly!
  53. Flanne / Flano- Flannel shirt
  54. level at the bottom- Very busy - "Out there like a drinking lizard" - Busy as a bee
  55. football- Football (AFL/Aussie Rules)
  56. sparkling- Bier
  57. fuck me dead- That's unfortunate, that surprises me
  58. pelzig– Rumors or improbable or absurd stories
  59. Good day- Hallo
  60. Polo- sameaustralian cockatoowith the reputation of not being brilliant, therefore a galah is also a stupid person.
  61. twisted- impressive - often used bySurfer
  62. To fit- busy, lots of people/angry person "walking"
  63. Good for you- Well done
  64. Continue- the best invention that mankind has ever produced.ContinueIt's an inexpensive bottled wine that will inevitably become a staple of your backpacking experience in Australia.
  65. fight hard- Hard work
  66. batteries- many, many, many
  67. hon– Hooligan (usually bad driving!)
  68. doubtful– little risky or unreasonable
  69. panties- Women's underwear
  70. Cloth-Laptop
  71. Ah, indeed- Someone always up for a laugh, a kind of harmless prankster
  72. without legs– Someone who is very drunk
  73. Lutscher- Dulce
  74. female monkeys- MC Donalds
  75. Manchester– Linen/Bedding etc. If you are from England finding a department store called Manchester can seriously confuse you.
  76. vir-lata- Someone who is a bit of an idiot
  77. Mosquito– mosquito
  78. drama of sin- No problem it's fine
  79. No problem- No problem it's fine
  80. Ni Wucka- A truly Aussie way of saying "Don't worry"
  81. NO- neu
  82. Outside- The interior of Australia, "TheOutback", is more remote than the areas called "The Bush".
  83. AVK- kiss
  84. piece of urine- simply
  85. you do not disturb me- Go away
  86. more– a party, a meeting and in Australia – most social occasions
  87. To pee– (to urinate) to urinate
  88. disappointed- drunk, drunk
  89. Believe- Annoying
  90. shelf off- The least offensive way to tell someone to fall!
  91. Removed- Very happy
  92. consider- Naturally. 'Do you believe?'... 'I believe!'
  93. Relieve / Relo- Relative
  94. player- 'Little Ripper' = That's awesome man!
  95. mouse mouse– someone who likes sex (maybe a little too much)
  96. Deeply rooted– Tired or broken
  97. runner– Tennis, Tennis
  98. Singer- Sandwich
  99. Servo– Gas station / garage
  100. Tiburon-Galette- Children on the beach
  101. Sheila- A woman
  102. she will be apples- Everything will be fine
  103. shoot through- Leave
  104. Sick- unbelievable; "This is a very sick man"
  105. sick– A day off due to illness or “sick call” would be a day off when you are not actually sick
  106. skull- To have a beer
  107. release- A crate of beer
  108. Rauch- Smoking break
  109. connect- built-in
  110. Stand- Erection
  111. fanned out- happy satisfied
  112. watch-Australia
  113. Eng- An exclamation of surprise.
  114. entrenched- A bottle of beer
  115. short bracket- Used to prevent your hands from getting cold when holding your beer or to keep your hands from warming up your beer!
  116. stuffed- Tired
  117. sunny- sunglasses
  118. Stiefel– Single bed that can be rolled up, a bit like a sleeping bag.
  119. Tee- To have lunch
  120. tiny– Beer can or boat
  121. sauber- Flip flops. Don't be alarmed if your new Aussie friend asks you to wear a thong to the beach. They're probably expressing concern about the hot sand on their delicate feet.
  122. really blue– Really Australian
  123. fatigue- Eat. 'Bush Tucker' is typically outback food, much like witch pits.
  124. two above– A game of chance played on Anzac Day.
  125. U-IE- Turn around while driving
  126. get up yourself- Out of stock
  127. Woop Woop- in the middle of nowhere "he lives woop woop"
  128. Von- Of
  129. Of– (you) plural of you!

Some of these words may not be used as much today, but you can still hear them used ironically or by older Australians.

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After spending, well, an hour in Australia, you'll find that almost every word has an 'o' at the end. That's because, for some odd reason, Australians like to abbreviate each word and then add a vowel at the end...p. "bottle it” (Bottle Shop / Unlicensed) “Servo(garage/gas station).

Interestingly, some of these words end up longer than they originally were. At other times, instead of the "o," they simply add another vowel. MacDonalds, you know this famous fast food place, it's just known asMaccasHere! I think the following video perfectly illustrates this unique way of speaking Australian!

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Some expressions are a bit more difficult to understand than the abbreviations Australians use. When someone yelled at me, "OMG, look at hisBudgie Smuggler"I really had no idea what they were talking about. Let's just say it only applies to men, and they tend to wear swimming trunks!

I was at the bar and my friend said:It's my crying friend“. Hey?! This is something important to know. If it's their cry, they'll pay for it. Another common thing you hear in the pub is "he is drunk"...Yeah, don't buy that guy another drink, he's had too much already!

The word "maloqueiro' is also typical Australian slang. This word is used for people who are rednecks, for example. Or, if you prefer, call your friends Bogan when they're weird.

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When you find yourself in an argument and start acting irrationally, you may be told that "stick your head in", but if you're right (stubborn) and really want the other person to believe what you're saying, you can say, "Fair Dinkum buddy“.

Worried that something isn't going according to plan? "Don't worry, she will be right my friend.“ – No problem, everything will be fine!

Put something on the barbie"- that's a statement you'll hear way more often than "put a shrimp on the barbie"...why? Well, because there are hooks, so sausages, while in Australia prawns don't...they are known as prawns!

I heard that someone"Flat as a drinking lizard"? The English expression for this would be "busy as a bee".

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I googled about this particular topic and came across a website called Dictionary of Australian Slang. Scanning it, I found an expression I couldn't help but share: "He has kangaroos roaming free up in the paddock“. The meaning of the sentence? Someone who is a little crazy. Or, as the dictionary says more beautifully; someone who has intellectual problems.

The best advice!If you're really stuck but want to seem like you're starting to learn some of the local Australian language, slang, so to speak, always greet by saying, "Good day' and always add 'Freund' at the end of each sentence.

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