Looking for a "dunny" in the "back of beyond"? Craving a "coldie" or a "cuppa"?
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If you have no idea what we're talking about, brush up on your Australian slang with this glossary! The A-Z guide to talking like a true Aussie.
Ace: Something highly enjoyable or attractive
Amber nectar: Beer
Ankle biter: A small child
Arvo: Short for "afternoon"
Back of beyond: Far away in the outback
Barney: A fight
Bloody: General all-purpose adjective, once thought profane
Bloke: Man, guy
Boozer: Someone who drinks a lot.
Bottle-o: Liquor shop
Bumbag: Fanny pack
Chewie: Chewing gum
Click: Kilometer. As in: "It's 10 clicks away."
Coldie: Can of beer
Cuppa: Cup of tea
Dag: A funny person, nerd or goof
Deadset: True, the truth
Dinkum, fair dinkum: True, real or genuine. As in: "I'm a dinkum Aussie" or "Is he a fair dinkum?"
Drongo: A dope; stupid person
Aussie Glossary E - H
Fair go: A chance or fair opportunity. As in: "Give a bloke a fair go."
Fairy floss: Candy floss; cotton candy
Fat as a match: Someone who's actually thin
Fatties: Wide car tires
Flatties: Low-heeled women's shoes
Fruit loop: Fool; crazy person
Garbo (also garbologist): Garbage collector
Give it a burl: Try it; have a go
Good oil: Useful information; a good idea
Good on ya: Good for you; well done
Greenie: An environmentalist
Grog: Liquor, beer
Hottie: Hot water bottle
Aussie Glossary I - L
Icy pole (also ice block): Popsicle
Joey: Baby kangaroo
Knock: To criticize
Lollies: Sweets, candy
Lucky Country, The: Australia, where else?
Aussie Glossary M - P
Mate: Buddy or friend
Milk bar: Corner shop that sells takeaway food; like the American equivalent of 7-Eleven
Mug: Friendly insult; a gullible person
Nipper: Young surf lifeguard
No-hoper: Someone who'll never do well
Not the sharpest tool in the shed: Not intellectually savvy
No worries!: Expression of forgiveness or reassurance
Offsider: An assistant or helper
Outback: Interior of Australia, the bush or desert country
Pig's arse!: I don't agree with you; untrue
Plonk: Cheap wine
Pokies: Slot machines
Prezzy: Present or gift
Aussie Glossary Q - T
Rager: A person who loves going out late at night to clubs
Rellie: Family relative
Ridgy-didge: Original or genuine
Ripper: Great, fantastic. As in: "It was a ripper party."
Rollie: A cigarette that you roll yourself
Rotten: Drunk. As in: "I went out last night and got rotten."
Sanger: A sandwich
Scratchy: Instant lottery ticket
Servo: Gas station
Shark biscuit: Somebody new to surfing
Sheila: A woman
Shout: One's turn to buy a round of drinks. As in: "It's your shout."
Slab: A carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer
Spewin': Very angry
Spit the dummy: To get very upset at something
Sprung: To get caught doing something wrong
Spunk: A good-looking person (of either sex)
Surfies: People who go surfing usually more often than they go to work
Tall poppy syndrome: To become successful but forget your roots or shun your friends
Tee-up: To set up or make an appointment
Thongs: Flip flops—NOT a G-string
Trackies: Track suit
Truckie: Truck driver
Aussie Glossary U- Z
Unit: Flat, apartment
Up yourself: Have a high opinion of oneself
Up somebody, get: To rebuke somebody. As in: "The boss got up me for being late."
Ute: Utility vehicle
Vegemite: Black, yeast-based spread, typically eaten with bread or crackers
Walkabout, its gone: It's lost, can't be found
Woop Woop: Invented name for any small unimportant town; a long way from civilization. As in: "He lives in Woop Woop."
Wowser: Straight-laced person; prude
Yabber: Talk (a lot)
Yakka: Worker; as in "a hard yakka."
Yank: An American
Yewy: U-turn in traffic
Yobbo: An uncouth person
Zack: Sixpence (5 cents). As in: "It isn't worth a zack."
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