Australian SLANG

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Australian SLANG

Australian slang, also known as Strine, is our special way of speaking. Words and phrases handed down from our ancestors and that has become iconic to Australia, and differentiated from the British English.

Earbashing a length discussion/explanation
Eat a horse very hungry
Elbow grease a hard difficult job
Ekka the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show
Esky large insulated box which you put ice bricks in, to keep food and drink cold
Exy expensive
face fungus beard
fair crack of the whip give me a chance
Fair suck of the sav give me a fair go
Fair dinkum real, genuine, true.
Fair go mate give me a chance
Fag cigarette
Fart ass around to mess about and not do something properly
old Fella penis
Fella male, person
Few sandwiches short of a picnic slow witted, not all together
Five finger discount stealing, shoplifting
Flake shark, sold in fish and chip shops
Flake out lie down, collapse, to concede or not turn up
Flash as a rat with a gold tooth dressed and groomed nicely
Flat out like a lizard drinking to do something fast
I suppose it was Fred Nerk i suppose it was someone imaginary
Front someone to confront someone
Fruitcake mentally unstable
Full as a Fairy's phone book not full, empty
Full as a boot drunk, intoxicated
Full of it someone is full of it if they are a liar
Funny as a fart in an elevator not funny
Funny farm mental institution

Ga day, Gidday or G'day

to say hello, a friendly welcome

Galah

loud, rudely behaved person, an insult (a galah is a loud bird)

what's your Game

what are you up to, something going on that is wrong

you're Game

if you have a go at something others think or find difficult, they say you're Game or brave

have a Gander

have a look

Garbo, Garbologist

Garbage collector

Gasbag

talking a lot

Get the shits to become angry, upset or short tempered

Gibber

a large rock or a desert (as in the Gibson Desert)

I need to Go!

you want to go to the toilet

give a Gobful to abuse or give someone a verbal spray

it's a Goer

something that will definitely occur, that you have been trying to make happen

Go for broke to put in 100% effort

Going like hot cakes

something selling or given away very fast

Gone round the bend

gone crazy or mental

Gone to the dogs

something or some place, is no longer any good

Good as gold!

something is great

Good oh

okay

the Good oil

to tell the truth on something

Good on ya

you are happy with what they are doing

full as a Goog

drunk

Goose

Someone that is not to smart, silly

come off the Grass!

do you think I'm stupid or gullible?

Green around the Gills

you are feeling queasy, sick often referring to hangovers

you dirty Grub

dirty eater or dirty child

go eat some Grub

go eat some food

hop into the Grub

start eating food

Grazier

sheep or cattle farmer (usually in a big way)

Gregory Peck

your neck

Grinning like a shot fox very happy

Grizzle

complaining person

Grog

alcohol

Grommet an idiot or a young surfer/skater

you are a Grot

you are very dirty or untidy

Grouse

something is great, terrific

Grub food, a meal

Grumblebum

usually an older person who habitually complains.

Guffing off

someone who is lazy

Gumsucker

someone who lives in the state of Victoria

down the Gurgler

down the plug hole, something has failed

Hair of the Dog

alcoholic drink taken to relieve a hangover.

Half your Luck

congratulations - envy - a best wishes blessing.

Handle beer glass with a handle

Haggle

you try to talk the price down

Put Hairs on ya chest

someone that if you eat this or drink this you will become a man

Hang out

spending time out, usually with friends

Happy as a pig in mud

very happy

Handles like a dog on lino (linoleum)

your car or whatever handles very badly

Hardcase

someone with closed mind, but they might not think so or a tough guy

Hard yakka

hard work - tough.

Heaps

plenty, a lot

Heart-starter

first (alcoholic) drink of the day.

Heave

to vomit - be sick - throw up.

Hit the Hay or Hit the sack

go to bed to sleep

Hit the Frog and Toad

Hit the road, leave, usually said by a visitor when they are ready to leave

Hit your kick

open your wallet

Hooley dooley an exclamation of surprise, similar to "holy crap"

Hoon

hooligan, a lay about, someone who drives dangerously fast

Hooroo

goodbye, see you later.

Hotel

pub - with or without food or accommodation (the local).

Hot under the collar

to get angry

Hottie hot water bottle, or an attractive person

Howzat?

asking someone how something is. Often shouted at cricket when appealing for a batsman to be dismissed

Humpy

bush dwelling of cheap construction

Idiot box

television set

something is a bit Iffy

it is risky or suspect

you give me the Irrits

they're extremely irritating

Ivories

your teeth (to tickle the ivories) to play the piano

Jack of that

you a fed up with something

I will fix your Jack and Jill

I will pay your bill, usually in a restaurant

Jack-in-the-box

someone who can not sit still

Jackaroo or Jillaroo

trainee male or female Cattle Station hand

Jack Dancer

Cancer

Jaked

broken

Jaffle

toasted sandwich (toasty toast)

Had to use the Jerry

a pot under the bed if you need to go in the middle of the night

See you in a Jiffy

see you in a short time

Jigged

broken or no long useful

I will job you!

I will hit you or punch you

Jocks

male underpants

Joe Blake

a snake

Joe Bloggs

you are referring to the average citizen

Any old Joe blow will tell you

any one you don't even know will tell you

Down the John

off to the toilet

Journo

journalist

Jumper

usually a woollen sweater

Jumbuck

sheep

Just down the road

this could be 100 yards to a 1000 miles away

Kafuffle

argument or a disturbance

Kangaroos loose in the top paddock

you going a little crazy

Kelpie Australian sheepdog originally bred from Scottish collie

Keen as mustard

enthusiastic about something

Kero kerosene

Kick the bucket

dead

Kindy

kindergarten

Kip

short rest or sleep or nap

pack your Kit

pack up all your belongings or your possessions

Kiwi

someone who live in New Zealand (New Zealander)

Knickers

female underwear

Knock criticise

Knock-off

a counterfeit product

Knock something

you criticise it

Knocked up

she is pregnant

Knock off time

time to go home from work

get Knotted!

is a angry way of say go now

Knuckle sandwich a punch to the mouth
Lair to renovate or dress up in bad taste
Lair it up to behave in a brash and vulgar manner

Lady muck

a stuck up rich lady

Lady blamey

a beer glass made from the bottom half of a beer bottle

Lag

inform, dob

Lame-brained

someone that is stupid

Lamingtons

sponge cakes coated in chocolate and grated coconut

Larrikan a bloke who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster

Laughing gear

your mouth

Lashing out

going on a spending spree

Lav or Lavvy

outdoor toilet

Leading you up the garden path

someone is try to deceive you, but you are not awake up to it

take a Leak

go to the toilet

help you get a Leg up

someone is going to help you get started at something

Lemon

something that is faulty or broken or bad or useless or a lesbian

Lights on but there's no one home

someone not too smart

Lippie

lipstick

Liquid amber

beer

Liquid laugh vomit

use your Loaf

use your head, think about it

Lob-in on someone

visit someone unnannounced

do your Lolly

hit your head or shouting and raving in an angry way (losing you head)

Lollywater

soft drink, also a way to insult someone who has served an alcoholic drink that is not up to scratch

Long as a month of Sundays

a very long time

Long drink of water

someone who is tall

Long paddock the side of the road where livestock is grazed during droughts

Longneck

large bottle of beer

on a good Lurk

on to a good thing or job

who opened their Lunch who farted

G'day Luv

substitute for the woman's name in a friendly way

Mad as a cut snake

gone crazy

Mad as a meat axe

crazy, sometimes used to excuse coarse behaviour

Manchester

household linen such as sheets & pillow cases

Matilda

swagman's bedding or sleeping bag/roll

plates of Meat

your feet

Metho

methylated spirits

Middy

glass of beer - 285 ml or 10oz.

Milk Bar

usually the local/corner shop selling take away & other convenience food.

Milko

milkman who delivers to your home.

Mongrel

a despicable person.

More of them, than you can poke a stick at

a lot of something

Moolah

cash money.

Mozzie

mosquito - insect.

Muddy

mud crabs.

gone up the Mulga

gone bush, gone to the country not touched by man

Mug

gullible person or used as an - insult.

stunned Mullet

dazed or shocked at some disturbing news

things are crook in Musclebrook

times are bad

Muster

round up [usually for branding/shipping] sheep or cattle.

Nacked

annoyed

I'm Nackered

absolutely exhausted or very tired

Nana

banana

Nappy

diaper (not slang)

Narkie

short tempered or very negative about everything

Nasho national service (compulsory military service)

Neddie

a horse

out in the Never Never

gone out to the bush, usually off the beaten track, gone off in our native countrysides undeveloped by man

you've got a good Nick

you got a good name

in the Nick

you are naked

Nick off

go now, get lost

Get Nicked!

go away, get lost, sometimes used when someone doesn't believe what you are saying

Nickers

females underpants

Nipper

young baby or surf life saver.

Noah's ark

a shark

No dramas no worries

No-hoper

someone who is hopeless

Noggin

head or brains

Nong

idiot - stupid - not so bright.

Not the full quid not bright intellectually

It's on the Nose

something stinks

In the Nuddy

naked

Nulla-nulla

wooden club used by Aborigines (made from very heavy and hard wood)

Ocker

Aussie that likes beer, sport and women and uncultured

Off the Beaten Track

on a road not used very much, to no road at all or in a remote part of Australia

Off like a bucket of prawns in the hot sun

leaving very quickly

Off-sider

assistant or partner

Oldies

parents

Once over

giving something the look over or checking it out

One armed bandit

poker machine

On ya mate

(as in Good on ya) well done there mate

Ooroo

goodbye

Orright!

All right! Can mean great delight but could also be a protest at being asked to do something you don't want to do. Depends on the tone of voice

Outback

remote part of Australia

Bun in the Oven

pregnant

Ow-yar-goin

how are you going?

Oy! or Oi!

a Aussie bush call

Oz

Australia

Pack of Poo tickets

toilet paper

put the cows out in the long Paddock

putting cows out on the road

Pally

on friendly terms with someone

Paper Yabber

letter

Pash or Pashing

kissing and cuddling

Pat Malone

you are on your own, alone

Pavlova Pavlova - a rich, creamy Australian dessert

Paw-paw

Queensland papaya (tropical fruit)

Pearl

excellent

Perk

at work something good your employer supplies for nothing as a part of your job (and the taxman wants a part of)

Pester

annoy or bother someone

Pie floater

a meat pie floating in thick pea soup, usually with lots of sauce

Pigs arse not true

Pigs bum

that's wrong, or incorrect

Piffle

nonsense

Piker

someone who doesn't want to fit in with others socially, leaves parties early

Pink slip get the sack (from the colour of the termination form)

Pinch

to arrest

Pissed as a family fart

very drunk, sometimes used to insult a young drinker

Pissed as a parrot

drunk

Pissed off

you are angry or unhappy with something

Plate of meat

your feet

Playing Possum

you are hiding yourself or try to keep something from someone

Plonk

very cheap alcohol or sometimes refers to wine in general

Poddy dodger

cattle rustler

Pommy or Pom

English person

Pommy shower using deodorant instead of taking a shower
Pommy's towel, as dry as a very dry, (referring to Poms not showering often)

Pong

a bad smell or unpleasant odour

talking on the Porcelain telephone

vomiting into a toilet

Porkie a lie

feel like a Pork chop in a Jewish Synagogue

you feel out of it, in whatever situation

Possie

advantageous position, in good spot

Postie

postman, mail delivery person

Pot

285 ml glass of beer (VIC & Qld)

the Pot calling the kettle black

someone said something adverse about you and you reply with this slang phrase

Pot hole

hole in the road

Prang

automotive crash

Prawn

shrimp

the raw Prawn

easy to deceive

don't come the raw Prawn

don't try to put one over me, I'm not easily fooled

Prezzies

gifts

Proud as a rat with a gold tooth

someone is very proud of how they look or something they have done

Pub

hotel, place for buying and drinking alcohol

Puffed

you are out of breath

Pull your head in mate

tell them to mind their own business

Pull up your socks

get your life in order or your act together

Push-bike

Bicycle

Put up or shut up

show you can do it or say it or keep quiet

Quack

doctor

Quid

money

not the full Quid

short on brains

Racing off

leaving quickly

Rack off

go now, in an angry way, get lost

Rafferty's Rules

every thing is a mess and mixed up, done all wrong, with no rules at all

the Rag

newspaper

Raining cats'n'dogs

heavy storm & rain

Ratbag

not a nice person, sometimes used as an endearment

Reckon you are right

believe or think you're right

putting the Red steer into the paddock

burning off the paddock, putting fire to the paddock

Rellie

relative or family

Ridgy didge

true or genuine article

Righto

okay or that's right

Ringer

fast sheep shearer

Ring-in

replacement for the real thing, imposter

Rip off

you been cheated

smells Ripe

smells off or bad

it's a Ripper

it's really great

it's a Ripsnorter

something is really great

Road train

multi-trailered semi trailer

Doing a Roaring trade

you been doing a lot of business

Rooted

very tired

Ropable

very ill tempered or angry

You got the Rough end of the pineapple

you got a bad deal or the bad end of something

Rug up

dress warmly

you'd have to Run around in a the shower to get wet

you are very thin

Salvo

salvation army worker.

Sanger

a sandwich.

Sav

saveloy

Schooner

queensland - large beer glass,  south australia a medium beer glass.

Scratchy

instant lottery ticket

Scrub Up

what you look like when your dress up - ready to go out.

Scrubbers

cattle running in the wild - or rough females.

Seppo

an american

Septics Tanks

yanks - people from the usa

Servo

petrol station

Sheila

a woman

Shonky

underhanded & dubious

Shoot Through

leave - get out - disappear. [piss off]

Shout

your turn to buy or purchase a round of drinks.

Sickie

day off work with pay because of real/pretended illness.

Silly Buggers

people that waste time - mess around - generally fools.

Skippy

an australian or kangaroo.

Skite

to brag or boast, about yourself.

Skull/Skol

to drink a beer without taking a breath

Slab

24 bottles or cans of beer [a carton]

Sleepout

verandah on the house - converted to a bedroom.

Slushy

drovers camp ... cook's assistant.

Smoko

work break - cup of tea / coffee or time for a cigarette.

Snag

sausage - meat minced and packed into a skin. [bbq]

Sook

crybaby - winger, soft, tame, inoffensive.

Spewing

being sick - upset or really mad.

Spit the Dummy

get uncontrollably [very] upset at someone or something.

Sprung

caught doing something ...

Spunky

good-looking - hot - sexy or spirited.

Squiz

have a look - check it out.

Station

not where the trains stop - but a big farm or grazing property

Sticky-Beak

nosey person, someone who minds other peoples business.

Stoked

happy - very pleased.

Strides

trousers or pants

Strine

australian english.

Struth

an exclamation - expressing surprise or verification.

Storm-Stick

umbrella - brolly.

Stubbies

men's shorts or a 375ml. bottle of beer.

Sunbake

sun bathe - getting a tan

Sucked-in

made a fool of - duped - conned - taken advantage of.

Sunnies

sun glasses - shades.

Swagman

Bushman

T.A.B.

totalisator agency board - betting shop.

Ta / Tar

thanks.

Tall Poppies

successful people.

Tart

an offensive or derogatory word describing a woman.

Tee-Up

organise something or make an appointment.

Thongs

rubber sandals - flip-flops (suitable for beach footwear).

Tinnie

can of beer or lucky.

Toey

on the move or restless.

Togs

swim suit.

Top End

far north of australia

Trackie

dacks or track suit pants.

Truckie

truck driver

True blue

genuinely australian - original, one of a kind, patriotic.

Tub

clean up - bath - wash or shower.

Tucker

food - eats - grub - nourishment.

Turps

turpentine, a reference to an alcoholic drink or used for cleaning paint brushes.

Two-up

gambling: throwing two coins in the air simultaneously (heads or tails)

Undies underwear - clothing worn next to the skin.

VB

victoria bitter, a beer.

Vedgie

vegetables

Vee Dub

volkswagen

Vegde Out

relax in front of the tv

Vinnie's

st. vincent de paul's society (charity - thrift stores & hostels)

Wally

a person that keeps making mistakes.

Westie

someone from sydney's western suburbs

Wharfie

dock-or water front worker - cargo mover.

Whinge

complain - belly ache.

Wuss

a coward; nervous person or animal.

xxxx four x beer found in NSW

Yabber

chat - talk - conversation.

Yabbie

small australian fresh water crayfish.

Yakka

work

Yarn

a story.

Yobbo