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    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.)
    b***** : 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 : large tin can used to boil water over a campfire for tea
    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.)
    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
    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)
    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”)
    Bull bar : stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos
    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 oyster : nasal mucus
    Bush telly : campfire
    Bushie : someone who lives in the Bush
    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”)
    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
    Click : kilometre – “it’s 10 clicks away”
    Clucky : feeling broody or maternal
    Cobber : friend
    Cockie : farmer. Also a cockatoo
    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
    Cook (noun) : One’s wife
    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
    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 : 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 (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)
    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

    G

    G’Day : hello!
    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”)
    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
    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
    Loo : toilet
    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

    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

    O

    O.S. : overseas (“he’s gone O.S.”)
    Ocker : an unsophisticated person
    Offsider : an assistant, helper
    Oldies : parents – “I’ll have to ask my oldies”
    Outback : interior of Australia
    Oz : Australia!

    P

    Paddock : see ‘long paddock’
    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
    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 b***** : 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
    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 : family relative
    Ridgy-didge : original, genuine
    Right : okay (“she’ll be right, mate”)
    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
    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.
    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
    Shark biscuit : somebody new to surfing
    She’ll be right : it’ll turn out okay
    Sheila : a woman
    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.)
    Spag bol : spaghetti bolognese
    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
    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 : a person from Tasmania
    Technicolor yawn : vomit
    Tee-up : to set up (an appointment)
    Thingo : Wadjamacallit, thingummy, whatsit
    Thongs : cheap rubber backless sandals
    Tickets, to have on oneself : to have a high opinion of oneself
    Tinny : can of beer
    Tinny : lucky
    Tinny : small aluminium boat
    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
    Two up : gambling game played by spinning two coins simultaneously

    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

    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
    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

    X

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

    Y

    Yabber : talk (a lot)
    Yakka : work (noun)
    Yewy : u-turn in traffic (“chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights”)
    Yobbo : an uncouth person
    Youse : you (plural)

    Z

    Zack : sixpence (5 cents) – “it isn’t worth a zack”, “he hasn’t got a zack”

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