One thing I’ve come across in the last year or two when talking to people from overseas, is that they all want to know our slang words.
Yes, there are the traditional swear words that everyone of every culture always want to know, but people are particularly interested in the way Australian people speak.
What you need to know about Australians is that we all speak differently, depending on what area you visit. For example someone from outback Queensland will probably use a lot more slang than say someone in Sydney. So don’t be disappointed if you get to an international airport, and we aren’t all going ‘She’ll be right mate’… Not all of us use these words! But you can sure-as-shit guarantee that most Aussie will understand the whole lot of them!!!
Because we really do shorten, or lengthen near-on every word we usually say. Rarely does anyone get called by their name for a start….
So I’ve put my thinking cap on to bring you all the traditional Australian Slang words I know personally, and a few other hilarious versions that aren’t used all the time, but deserve a place in this list.
The legendary band ACDC.
‘Let’s go see Accadacca and have a Macca’s Run afterwards!’. Bon Scott, an Aussie icon, chocked on his own vomit but you can visit him at Fremantle Cemetery. It’s a very Australian way to die.
‘Acting the Goat’
To behave in a silly manner.
‘Jesus mate, stop acting the goat and finish your meat pie and sauce!’
Really mad. Or a badly mad puppet on tv popular in the 1980’s on Australian television.
‘The Missus is agro cause I was home late from the pub.’
An ambulance worker or paramedic.
‘Darren needed the Ambo after he stacked it on his bike.’
A term of endearment for children.
‘These ankle-biters are shitting me to tears!’.
‘Any Tick of the Clock’
Means ‘Any minute now’.
‘She’ll be here any tick of the clock now’.
Going Ape Shit
When someone throws a huge wobbly.
‘Did you see Sheila and Sharon going ape-shit that Darren was late with the beer?’
‘Arse About Face’
To be back to front.
‘Arse Over Tit’
Means you’ve fallen over, usually because you are drunk.
Someone you don’t like very much.
‘That fuckwit is an arse wipe.’
Arvo or ‘This arvo’
‘Can’t wait until this arvo and I can watch the Dockers training at the Freo Oval’
Somebody who is from Queensland.
‘Bloody banana bender can’t drive for shit.’
A sausage. Although we usually just call it a sausage…..or snag.
‘Let’s have some bangers and mash for tea.’
‘Bang Like a Dunny Door’
To really want to have sex with someone.
‘I would bang that bloke like a dunny door’
To Barrack For
To go for a particular team.
‘I barrack for the Freo Dockers.’
See ‘Togs’, ‘Cozzies’ or ‘Swimmers”
Barby or Barbie or BBQ
‘Let’s go to Sharon’s house for a barbie.’
Have a Barney
A fight or tiff.
‘Karen and Stacey were having a barney near the beach.’
Can be both a term of endearment and an insult depending on the tone used.
“I freaking love that bastard.’ or
‘I’m going to kill that bastard!’. Also can be a ‘very rough metal file’.
A large stomach on a male from drinking too much beer.
Time for a beer. Meant to be 5pm. But seriously is any time after midday.
Pardon me? What did you say?
Gone out of business.
To be drunk for several days.
A religious person that tries to convert you.
Bikkie or Biccie
A sweet biscuit Known as a ‘cookie’ in the US.
Bingle or Dingle
A minor car accident.
Bitzer (or Mongrel)
A dog that doesn’t really have a breed, more like a combination of a lot of breeds.
To be really really drunk. ‘Gawd Janet is blind tonight – she needs to slow down!.’
Someone that states the obvious. For example: ‘Blind Freddy could see that she’d go arse up on that bar stool’.
A ‘poverty-pack’ vehicle. Stock. The basic model.
A word that emphasizes something. ‘That bloody idiot’. or ‘Bloody hell, will you look at that!’
Yes – for sure!
An uninvited guest.
‘Bob’s Your Uncle’
An expression meaning ‘Consider it done’.
To be very very bored.
Someone that is very clever.
A public drinking fountain.
Someone that collects payments from the government and is lazy.
Another word for a ‘tiff’ or ‘fight’.
A person with red hair. See: Ranga
A person that wears ugg boots and flannel, loves loud cars and rock music. Every Aussie has a bit of bogan in them – we are born with it.
When a vehicle is stuck in sand or mud and can’t get traction.
The front of a car – sits on top of the engine.
The back of a car where you load your shopping into.
The large white bus used by police to catch drunk drivers.
A shop where you can purchase alcohol.
Boys in Blue
Slang for a brick-layer.
Bris-vegas or Brizzy
Brisbane – the capital of Queensland.
‘Buckley’s Chance’ (or ‘Buckley’s’)
No chance at all.
Budgie Smugglers or Dick Togs
Inappropriately small swimwear for men that shows the outline of their penis.
Means ‘Oh crap’.
Really really tired.
‘Bunging it on’
Someone faking it. For example: ‘He’s not really sick, he’s bunging it on’.
‘Built like a brick shithouse’
A way to describe someone that is really big or muscular.
A cage-like metal fixture to the front of a vehicle to protect it from hitting kangaroos.
The first whiskers of an adolescent boy.
Shortened term for ‘Bundaberg’, a city located in Queensland that houses the best rum distillery in the world.
Means to be pregnant.
The disgusting habit of blocking one’s nostril, and using force to expel snot out of the other at a fast pace.
To drive a vehicle where there are no roads.
Gossip that gets around fast by word of mouth.
‘Bring Your Own’ – always refers to alcohol. For example – ‘This restaurant is BYO, so fuck it, let’s go somewhere else!’.
A cabernet sauvignon which is a type of wine. Usually fancy.
A chook’s egg.
See: Cark it. Dead.
Someone that has a glass and a half and is pissed.
‘Call it a day’
Means to finish work for the day and go home.
A derogatory term for a lesbian.
To vomit. There are always carrots in the carrot bag, even if you have never eaten a carrot.
Carry on like a Pork Chop
To be acting out, being silly or having a tantrum.
Two women fighting.
A large apple-shaped vegetable known as a ‘pepper’ in the US. Comes in Green, Red and Yellow.
The Australian Government Department that gives out welfare payments to the unemployed.
‘Charge Like a Wounded Bull’
To over-charge someone for a product or service.
Chateau-De-Cardboard (or Cardboard-eaux)
Wine from a box. Cask wine.
Chardy or ‘Cardy’
Being very mischievous.
Is a pharmacy. But all Aussies use the word ‘chemist’ and not ‘pharmacy’.
A piece of chewing gum.
Slang word for a carpenter.
Means totally full. ‘The shopping centre carpark was choc-a-block’
A chicken, usually pre-roasted that is served with hot chips and coleslaw.
‘Chucking a U’ey’
Doing a u-turn in traffic.
Means your feet..
Is a brand of cheese popular in Australia and is by no means a racist term. Many people call cheese “Coon” as a general term.
Counter Lunch (or Countery)
A lunch that is purchased at a pub.
A single member of the police.
Crikey people! No – most Australians do not use the word crikey on a daily basis… This word was reserved for the most Aussie Australian – the late, great Steve Irwin.
Of poor quality.
A chocolate biscuit.
An abbreviated term for ‘Christmas’.
Chucking a Sickie
Having a vomit.
A term of endearment for a person from New South Wales.
‘Crack the Whip’
Means to ‘hurry up’.
Means you are sick or drunk too much alcohol. ‘Oh man, I got smashed last night and now I feel crook!’.
A cup of tea or coffee.
A funny awkward person.
Slang word for ‘Tomato Sauce’.
Means ‘Wow, truly?’
Means expensive. For example, ‘That necklace I bought Tracey was really dear!’.
An idiot. (Note: now added that it means a ‘derrelict’ or ‘homeless’ person).
Someone that is serving in the Defence forces.
Dipstick or Dipshit
Someone that tells on someone else.
Is a receipt.
Means devious. See also: Shonky
Someone that is on government benefits that doesn’t bother looking for work.
‘Do the Dirty’
To either cheat on a partner or to swindle somebody.
For a really long time. ‘It’s been donkey’s years since I saw you last’.
A thick soft blanket that contains feathers or down.
A fancy type of thong (see thong).
‘Drop Your Bundle’
To cease doing your job properly and break down and cry.
Drop Your Guts
A piece of furniture in the bedroom usually used by women when applying makeup. Usually has a mirror and drawers.
A slang word for toilet or loo. Most Australians use the word ‘toilet’.
Someone that talks and talks and talks and never shuts up.
A rectangle shaped insulated box that gets filled with ice to keep beer and soft drinks cold.
Slang for a garbage collector.
Is a slang word for a g-string (the undies that go up your bum).
Means ‘Good Day’ or ‘Hello’. Most of us use the traditional ‘Hello’ more than ‘G’day’… Sorry to disappoint.
Go away please. Right now.
Your best clothing.
Cheap wine….usually from a cask.
An old person that travels around Australia. Usually in a caravan that they have no idea how to drive. They end up crashing it two kilometers from home.
Means ‘That’s fantastic!’
What we call Facebook.
Australian’s rarely use this term – again – more of a ‘Steve Irwinism’. But it means ‘Yes’ – but with wonderment.
‘Fair Suck of the Sav’
Means to give someone or something a go.
Means a man. ‘Look at that funny looking fella over there!’
Like a red-neck or hillbilly. A poorly dressed, poorly educated person usually at the lower end of the socio-economic scale.
To be really gross.
Also known as a ‘Goon Bag’ (cask wine).
A comfortable flannelette shirt.
Means very fancy. ‘Your house is flash!’
To put on a small bet.
Flat out is working so hard you don’t have time to think. “I’m flat out like a lizard drinking”
We don’t freaking drink Fosters here in Australia! We drink XXXX (pronounced Four-X), Tooheys or VB. We are also partial to goon. Drunk straight from the bladder – which you can use as a pillow afterwards. Cause we are practical here in Australia!
A slang for a 4wd vehicle. For example: ‘I’m taking my fourby down on the beach.”
Slang word for a condom.
Shortened version of Fremantle, a port city in Western Australia near Perth. With the best AFL team in Australia, even though they are yet to win a final.
The hair that hangs down on your forehead. Called ‘bangs’ in the UK/US.
A total idiot or a bit crazy. ‘Old Steve next door is a fruit loop, he blew up his engine when going to the pub last week.’
Means ‘Damn it all to hell’
Fuck Me Drunk or Fuck Me Dead
‘Well that is surprising!’
A lie or a stuff up.
A sportsground located in Brisbane used to play major cricket games.
Gas in Australia is what we put in our barbecues to make them work. It is never used as a word for fuel.
See ‘Get Stuffed’
Means to ‘Piss Off’ or ‘Go away’.
Chucking a spack (see spack)
Means ‘Well done’. Can also be a sarcastic form. For example. ‘Good onya, you idiot’.
A tree hugging hippy.
‘Green Around the Gills’
To be sick or hungover.
A shop that sells alcohol. See also ‘Bottle-o’.
To be dirty.
Means you worked really hard. Is also a well known Aussie brand for work wear and hi-vis gear.
Have a crack!
‘Hit the Hay’
To go to bed.
‘Hit the turps’
An airline steward.
‘Hot Under the Collar’
To get angry about something.
An affectionate term for a husband.
Hugs and Kisses
A person’s spouse, usually the wife. “Where is the hugs and kisses tonight?’
A bit dodgy.
A toasted sandwich.
An electric kettle.
Slang word for boobs.
A long sleeved usually woollen pull-over worn in Winter to keep warm.
Kick the Bucket
To die. For example: ‘I won’t inherit any money until me old girl kicks the bucket.’
Knee High to a Grasshopper
A small child
This has two meanings. One is to finished work for the day. For example: ‘I knock-off at 5pm this arv’. The other is to steal something.
An elastic band women use to tie up their hair.
Someone who is very very drunk.
Loaded has two meanings. One means you have a lot of money. The other is that you are very drunk.
Lolly water is also known as soft drink or a cheap type of alcoholic beverage sometimes also known as ‘Goon’.
Now nearly every fellow bogan person I know (see Bogan) – has used this phrase…. and the more drunk we get, the more we use it. It means ‘A trip to a McDonald’s restaurant’.
‘Mad as a Cut Snake’
Someone that does something daring without thinking.
The main street of a city or town.
Really really gross.
Map of Tassie
A thatch of pubic hair on a female.
A discount for family and friends. ‘Give me mates rates on that new sink will ya Gerald!’
Something that is really good. “Your new car is Mickey Mouse mate!’
A way to describe someone that has done something wrong. ‘That mongrel stole my beer!’
Slang term for mosquitoes.
Someone that plays music or an instrument.
Slang word for a sausage.
What you call a diaper in the US.
Nits are also known as lice or headlice.
Means that everything is okay! Or ‘Yes, I’ll take care of it’. ‘Bob, can you pass me that drink?’ ‘No worries mate!’
Means ‘Hey you!’ – used to get someone’s attention. Also an Aussie tradition at any sporting event. You will hear them scream ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi’
Means an older woman that isn’t very nice.
Means an older woman that isn’t your mother. For example: ‘Look at that old duck crossing the road.’
‘On the Dole’
Means that the person is receiving benefits from the government because they are unemployed.
‘Off Your Face’
‘Over the shoulder, boulder holder’
Is a slang term for a bra. Used in jest.
To be so drunk you can’t walk.
To French kiss someone.
The red marks on a female’s chin after she has ‘pashed’ someone with stubble.
When things go wrong.
Fuel for cars (might be known as Gas in the United States)
Piece of Piss
I don’t agree with you.
Someone who doesn’t show up when they should have.
An Aussie traditional nickname for someone with red hair. See: Ranga!
Piss or ‘On the piss’
Usually a slang word for alcohol. ‘Geoff is on the piss tonight’.
Means to be drunk.
Means ‘Please go away right now’.
When someone is making fun of you.
Getting together to drink with your friends.
Weak as piss.
A $50 note.
A person from England.
Is slang for a plumber.
The person that delivers your mail.
Has two meanings. The first is a 285ml size glass to serve beer. The other is a slang word for marijuana.
Someone that is cheap.
The thing you plug your cords into to get electricity out.
A minor car accident.
A bar, usually with pokies and a bistro where you can drink alcohol and have a meal.
‘Put a Sock in It’
Please be quiet now.
Slang term for money.
Has a few meanings in Aussie language. First one is a cut of meat. For example, a rack of lamb. The second one is a pair of tits. ‘Look at the rack on that sheila!’.
To vomit. ‘Janet had a Ralph in the garbage bin out back.’
A red haired person. Also can be known as ‘Blue’ or ‘Pinky’.
Used in a sentence ‘I reckon it is going to rain tonight’. Means ‘I think…..’
The annual subscription to the Department of Motor Vehicles to keep your vehicle on a public road.
Shortened word for ‘renovation’.
The real deal.
A peppery type of salad leaf.
Turn up somewhere. ‘Rock up about 8pm for the party.’
A type of cigarette that you roll yourself.
Means to have sex with someone. ‘Barry went out looking for a root last night’.
Means it’s fucked. “My car was rooted when I bogged it at the beach.’
Means very pissed off. ‘Dan’s Mrs was ropeable when he came home pissed last week.”
Rort or Rort the System.
A scam or a con.
A term of endearment for a person from Western Australia. Most of the Dockers are Sandgropers.
An Australian tradition of eating a sausage on a piece of white bread with onions and sauce. Usually at the front of Bunnings.
A small unsweetened cake served with jam and cream. May be known as a ‘biscuit’ in the US. The ‘pumpkin scone’ is a particularly good version.
A really hot day.
A type of lottery ticket that has to be ‘scratched’ to find out if you have won on the spot.
Means it’s fucked.
‘To drink something very fast’.
A beer with a dash of lemonade.
The loose change in your pocket.
A carton of beer
Aussie slang for a service station – or gas station.
‘She’ll Be Right Mate’
Means ‘Everything will be okay’
A clusterfuck of all proportions.
An adult female.
A bit dodgy or devious.
The front passenger seat in a vehicle. ‘I want to ride shotgun’. The first person to say this sentence before hoping in the car is the one that gets to sit in the passenger seat.
To skip town. Usually owing money or getting someone pregnant.
Shower in a Can
Putting on deodorant.
Skinny as a Rake
Someone that is very thin.
Morning or afternoon tea.
Sickie or ‘Chucking a Sickie’
Means to have a day off and pretend you are sick.
Spack-Attack or just ‘Spack’
See also – ‘Chucking a spack’. Having a ‘Spack’ means that an adult is throwing a tantrum. ‘Bob had a spack-attack when he couldn’t get into the pub on Friday night’.
Shortened form of ‘electrician’.
Really really early in the morning.
Spit the Dummy (also Snap the Carrot)
Have a tantrum.
To fall off a bike or fall over your feet.
‘Sticks Out Like Dog’s Balls’
Usually, this is in relation to a city person going into the country. But generally, means something is there that usually shouldn’t be!
Someone that sticks their nose in other people’s business.
Very very happy. “I was stoked I won a meat tray!’
A common nickname for a tall person.
Aussie’s rarely use this term, but it means ‘Oh geez, really?’
Means you are cranky. ‘Mum was stroppy when I came home late from the AFL final.’
A stubbie is a small bottle of beer.
A traditional gift for Australian fathers from their offspring. A stubbie holder is an insulated casing used to keep a beer colder for longer.
Really really tired from hard work.
Slang for sunglasses.
Take a Slash
To go for a wee.
The metal thing water comes out of. Or beer if you are at the pub.
Means ‘thank you very very much’.
Thongs are those flat sandals you wear on the beach. Not a pair of undies that go up your bum. May be known in the US as flip-flops and in NZ as “jandles”.
To Have ‘Tickets on Yourself’
You think you are shit hot. You are not.
Tightarse or Tightwad
Someone that is cheap and careful with their money.
Tinny or Dinghy
A small aluminium boat to go fishing in.
Slang term for a truck driver.
Also known as cozzies or swimmers. What you wear to the beach or the pool.
Aussism for ‘tracksuit pants’
A tradesperson like a carpenter or plumber.
Is a type of cart you push around the supermarket and put your groceries in.
Alcohol. ‘Janet is on the turps again.’
Means two drinks and you’re drunk.
Also known as knickers. They are underpants.
Is slang for ‘University’.
‘Up the Duff’
Means pregnancy. Usually an unplanned pregnancy. ‘Cheryl is up-the-duff, wonder who the father is?’
‘Up Shit Creek’
In a lot of trouble.
Short for ‘Utility’. A type of vehicle with a tray back.
To sit around and watch tv and relax.
A type of porch that is connected to a house.
Very commonly used in Australia. A total idiot or obnoxious person. ‘That fella’s a bloody wanker!’
A person that is subscribed to the Army Reserves.
Someone that complains a lot.
Not used commonly in normal Australian speak. But is means cigarettes. Winfield Blue is a brand.
A sickness. Usually a flu.
Something this is unstable. For example: ‘This three legged table is really wonky!’
Slang for a large supermarket chain called ‘Woolworths’.
A fictional place that is out in the middle of nowhere. Or somewhere that is a really long way away.
A term of endearment for an American person.
A dope-smoking dole bludger.
A really long period of time.
‘Your Blood is worth Bottling’
Means you mean a lot to that person. Or having very admirable qualities.
I had a blast putting this together. Do you have anything to add?