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Australian Slang and colloquialisms

We do not recommendthat you use these terms, you may end up in court or hospital, thislist is just to help you understand what may be heard inconversations.

WordsMeanings
BosscockyPersoneminent among nonentities
It'scrookit'no good
I'mcrook with a wogI'mnot well
asheilaagirl
Don'tgo crookdon'tget mad
Givehim currygivehim a hard time
Damperflourand water bread baked in the oven or ashes of a fire
Deroaderelict person
Dillastupid person
Dingonativewild dog
druminformation(Give us the drum)
cattledufferrustler
dunnyoutsideold wooden 'john'
earbashtalkunceasingly
Eskyportablefood cooler/ice chest
FlashJackswaggeringperson
KiwiNewZealander
tofossicktosearch for (gold, sapphires etc)
Goodon yer!anexpression of approval
Greeniesenvironmentalconservationists
Upa gumtreeintrouble
roughas bags, rough as gutsuncouthperson
scarceas hens teethveryscarce
humpingthe blueywhata hobo (swaggie) does
humpyor mia miaAboriginalbar shelter
inked,blottodrunk
"Hejobbed me""Hehit me"
JoeBlowanaverage guy
jailbaitagirl from 12-16
JournoJournalist
ajumbuckasheep
junglejuicealcoholicbeverage
puta knot in the blueygetready to travel
knucklesandwichpunchin the mouth
lairor larrikinflashilydressed youth
happyas Larryveryhappy
leatherneckShearer
lightonsparse(tucker was light on food = was scarce
Lollywaternonalcoholic drink
lowerthan a snake's bellyexpressionof contempt about anyone
lurkadidge or trick (onto a good lurk)
Hedid a Melbahekept returning
amollydookerlefthanded person
likea stunned mulletdazed
he'sa no-hoperHe'suseless
noodlingprospectingfor opal
onthe nose/on the buglesmellsawful
inthe nuddyinthe nude
ockeranuncultivated Australian
billabongWaterhole
bootof a cartrunk
tuckerfood
plonkwine
chookchicken
smokosnackbreak
whingercomplainingperson
drongoor galahafool
stationranch
bathersswimwear
weetiesCornFlakes
bitsermongreldog
homesteadranchhouse
thebig smokeacity
brumbywildhorse
sandgropersWesternAustralians
BananabendersQueenslanders
BangtailMusterroundup
rouseaboutworksin a shearing shed
won'thave a bar of himwon'ttolerate him
he'sshort of a shingleHe'sstupid
TassieTasmania
aslingabribe
He'sthreepence short of a quidhe'sstupid
ablueanargument
ablueyredheaded person or Queensland heeler dog
abattlersomeonewho's always had hard luck
asticky beakaninquisitive person
BazzaBarry
GazzaGary
gunshearerfastestshearer in the shed
bignoting or blowingboasting
doingone's blockgettingvery cross
speedoodometerin a car
blowthroughtodisappear
bludgeranidle person
ablueyalegal summons (on blue paper)
bonzerexcellent
cobberfriend
outof the boxexceptionallygood
outof the top drawerhighquality
bushwackerhighwayrobber
bushiecountryperson
abusterastrong wind
awilly willyaminiature whirl wind
B.Y.O.bringyour own drinks
firstcab off the rankfirstto grasp an opportunity
cockiesmallfarmer
blockieownerof a block where fruit is grown
TheAliceAliceSprings
TheRockAyersRock
TheCurryCloncurry
TheIsaMountIsa
TheNever Neveroutback,deep inland country
aslushyacook's assistant in a drovers camp
snagssausages
asortagirl
chowchineseperson
chowtuckerchinesefood
toeyrestless
toeraghobo
wharfiewatersideworker at the docks
UniUniversity
gonetroppotouchedby the sun; a bit queer
He'sas silly as a wheelstupid
truckietruckdriver
theturpsliquor(He's on the turps)
He'sgone bushhe'sdisappeared
bushman'sclockakookaburra
ThecoathangerSydneyHarbour Bridge
TheDead Heartthecentre of Australia (or Red Centre)
whiteantedundermined(I've been white anted)
faircrack of the whipGiveus a fair go
Abo/ boongAnAboriginal
lubrafemaleAboriginal adult
tolive off the smell of an oily ragtolive cheaply
theOld DartEngland
Bluerinse brigadewealthymatrons
Wouldn'tbe seen dead with him in a 40 acre paddockIloath him
onthe peaderanged(he's been eating the poisonous Sturt Desert Pea)
roughend of the pineappleunfairtreatment
poddydodgerrustlerof unbranded calves
plonkopersonaddicted to cheap wine
scrubbersroughfemales or cattle run wild
possieposition
ChrissieChristmas
cossiebathingwear
pooftermalehomosexual
pervvoyeur
septicsYanks(short for septic tanks)
raptoverjoyed
daksor stridestrousers
ratbageccentricand bad tempered
ripper!great!
twopot screameronewho gets drunk on very little alcohol
Upthe scrubintothe country
Scrubaristocracytermof derision for wealthy country folk
ascrub bullaloner
atall poppy or a silvertailaperson with a very high income
portQueenslandjargon for suitcase (portmanteaux)
stirthe possummakelively
thenight's a pupit'searly yet
torubbish a persontodisparage them
rustbucketancientcar in poor condition
Asscarce as rockinghorse manureveryscarce
Youwouldn't read about itunbelievable
Ascold as a polar bear's behindverycold
L.P.gasbutane
PomsEnglishfolk
bushrangeroutlaw
jackaroocowboy
jillaroocowgirl
sookcoward
ethnicsEuropeanmigrants
tinnies,tubes or stubbiescansor small bottles of beer
Noworries!, She's apples, She'll be rightEverything'sjust fine
G'day.'Ow would yer be?Normaleveryday greeting
Writtenwith a thumbnail dipped in tarunreadable
Ican't take a trickIcan't win
It'syour shoutIt'syour turn to buy
It'smy shoutThisround is on me
Theycharge like wounded bullsTheyare very expensive
yackerWork
Itcost an arm and a legItwas expensive
He'sbusy as a one armed billposterhe'svery busy
He'smad enough to spit chipsheis very cross
Ididn't come down in the last showerI'mnot stupid
It'slike feeding time at the zooit'svery noisy
Fairgo, mate!Giveus a fair chance
fitas a Mallee bullveryfit
Offlike a bride's nightie or
Shot through like a Bondi tram
disappearedvery quickly
getstuck into the slopsdrinkup
You'vegot Buckley'syou'veno hope at all
backof the black stumpfarinland, very inaccessible area
theWindiesWestIndians
WowserNon drinker, non smoker
boilthe billymakea cup of tea
don'tdrag the chaindon'tlag behind
it'sfair dinkumit'sabsolutely true
yabbertalk

We do not recommendthat you use these terms, you may end up in court or hospital, thislist is just to help you understand what may be heard inconversations.

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