Australian Slang – 233 terms to get familiar with

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Are you familiar with Australian slang? I sure wasn’t when I hopped on 3 planes and travelled over 16 000 km to study abroad in Melbourne. Slowly but surely I began to keep a note on my phone with words/phrases I wasn’t familiar with and my ‘Canadian translation’ so to say. After living there once again for a year in 2018, my list grew immensely. So let’s dive in! 

The obvious ones …

You’ll most likely hear these Australian slang/terms the first day in Australia or after having one conversation with an Australia.

1. Dodgy – Sketchy

2. How ya going? – How’s it going?

3. Heaps – Lots

4. Keen – Down – ex. I’m keen/down to go out Friday night

5. Reckon – Think – ex. What do you reckon we should do

6. Mate – Friend

7. Bogan – Red neck

8. Rubbish – Garbage

9. Mum – Mom

The short forms …

This list could be endless but here are the short forms I personally heard while living in Aus.

10. Maccas – McDonald’s – You’ll see it written as ‘Maccas’ on some of the signs believe it or not!

11. Ambo – Ambulance

12. Trackies – Sweat pants

13. Rellies – Relatives

14. Arvo – Afternoon

15. Ciggie – Cigarette

16. Ute – Work truck

17. Portaloo – Portapotty

18. Pokie – Slot machine

19. Truckie – Truck driver

20. Exxy – Expensive

21. Smoko – Smoke break

22. Mozzie – Mosquito

23. Brissy – Brisbane

24. Prezzie – Presents

25. Chrissy – Christmas

26. Doco – Documentary

27. Lippy – Lipstick

28. Devvo – Devastated

29. Deffo – Definitely

30. G’day – Hey/Greeting

31. Soz – Sorry

32. Sickie – Calling in sick

33. Pov – Poverty

34. Unco – Uncoordinated

35. Agro – Aggravated

36. Ta – Thank you – Most often heard people over 30 saying this term

37. Rego – Registration

38. Dunny – Toilet

39. Destie – Destination

40. Yesty – Yesterday

41. Lappy – Laptop

42. Relo – Relationship

43. Nappies – Diapers

44. Sollie – Tanning bed

45. Duffa – Silly goose

46. Figjam – F*&k I’m good just ask me – Being cocky

47. Firey – Fireman

48. Brolly – Umbrella

The food/drink ones …

I definitely had trouble a few times in the Australian grocery stores with some of these terms!

49. Biscuit – Cookie

50. Toastie – Grilled sandwich

51. Bangers and mash – Sausages and mashed potatoes

52. Rock melon – Cantaloupe

53. Poppy – Popcorn

54. Avo – Avocado

55. Lollies – Candy

56. Bevvy – Drink

57. Icy pole – Freezie/popscicle

58. Veggo – Vegetarian

59. Drink bottle – Water bottle

60. Rice bubbles – Rice krispies

61. Fizzy/soft drink – Pop

62. Popper – Juice box

63. Eskie – Cooler

64. Sanga – Sandwich

65. Biccy – Biscuit/cookie

66. Cuppa – Tea

67. Muesli – Granola

68. Capsicum – Pepper (red, orange, yellow, green)

69. Snags – Sausages

70. Sultanas – Raisins

71. Tomato sauce – Ketchup

72. Chips – Fries

73. Crisps – Chips

The clothes/shopping ones …

Nothing too crazy but wasn’t used to hearing most of these!

74. Singlet – Tank top

75. Slides – Sandals

76. Budgie smuggler/togs – Speedo

77. Jocks – Boxers

78. Scivvies – Turtleneck pj shirt

79. Boardies – Guy’s swimsuit

80. Op shop – Thrift store

81. Jumper – Sweater

82. Swimmers/Bathers – Bikini/swimsuit

83. Thongs – Flip flops – This one tripped me out a handful of times

84. Shopping center – Mall

85. Supermarket – Grocery store

86. Going to the shops – Grocery shopping

87. Trading hours – Hours of operation

The sexual ones …

88. Roots – Kills (Only my fellow Canadian’s will understand this one)

89. Wristy – Hand job

90. Gobbie – Giving head

91. Knob – Dick

92. Macking on – Making out

The alcohol/drug related ones …

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93. Pull a cone – Smoke a bowl

94. Chunder/spewing – Puke

95. Tinnie/coldie – Beer

96. Gacked – Drugged up

97. Sesh/I’m on the sesh – Getting lit

98. Cooked – Fucked/Druggy – Also can mean tired

99. Blind – Blackout drunk

100. Suck some sauce – Drink some beer

101. Twisty – Twist off beer or cider

102. Skull – Chugging a drink

103. Piss up/Get on the piss – Drink

104. Goon – Boxed wine – You won’t understand until you’ve slapped a bag of goon for yourself!

105. Bottle – O – Liquor/beer store

106. Getting on gear – Doing drugs

One’s I’ve happily adopted …

107. Sorted – Figured out

108. Suss it out – Feel it out

109. Too easy

110. Banter – Conversation

111. XX in texts – I personally use this on my blog a lot!

112. Sunnies – Sunglasses – It seriously just rolls off the tongue

113. Servo – Gas station

114. Aircon – Air conditioning/ A/C – Somehow sounds better than A/C even though it’s longer

115. Ya nah – A more casual way of saying no

116. Nah ya – A more casual way of saying yes

One’s I’ll never understand …

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117. Pet hate – Pet peeve

118. Gaffer tape – Duct tape

119. Bob’s your uncle – It’s all good

120. Main floor is labelled 1 – Would be Ground in North America

121. Stitched – Pissed

122. Yeh or hey at the end of sentences – Instead of the ‘eh’ us Canadian’s use 24/7

123. From the outset – From the get go

124. Manchester – Bedding/comforter

125. Cross it – Exit out of computer page

126. Full stop – Period in writing

127. Froth – Crave something

128. Noughts and crosses – x’s and o’s

129. Equal – When tied in a game

130. Click/clicking – Snapping fingers

131. Rubber – Eraser

132. Cheeky halfa – To kill half an hour

133. Chatterbox – Cootie catcher

134. Chockers – Busy

135. Sweet f a – Sweet f*&k all

136. Knick knocking – Nicky Nicky nine doors

137. Keeping off – Monkey in the middle

138. Paper, Scissors, Rock – the WRONG order of Rock, Paper, Scissors!

139. Stanley knife – Exacto knife

The random ones …

140. Jetty – Pier

141. Oath – True

142. Feeling pretty flat – Not feeling great

143. Wee – Pee

144. Struth – F*@k yeah

145. Mint – When something’s good

146. Footpath – Side walk/walkway

147. Estate – Neighbourhood

148. Petrol – Gas

149. Fair dinkum – Fair enough

150. Wanker – When a guy’s being a dick

151. My shout – I’m paying

152. Sook – Being a baby

153. Rate it – When you like something

154. Rock up – Show up/arrive

155. Crack it – When you get upset/angry about something

156. Que – Line

157. That’s mad – Sweet/unreal

158. Taking the piss – Having a laugh at someone

159. Cunt – Another way of saying mate – usually used jokingly/in a friendly manner

160. Good on ya – Good for you

161. Bloke – Guy/man

162. Stacked – Fall over

163. Roster – Schedule

164. Deadset – Legit

165. Gastro – Stomach flu

166. Tonsillitis – Strep throat

167. Doing my head in – Pissing me off

168. Punch on – Fight

169. No dramas – No worries

170. Cloak room – Coat check

171. Mucking around – Being playful

172. Post it – Mail something

173. Busting – Have to pee

174. Kook – Learner surfer or an idiot

175. Shithouse – A bad situation

176. Coloured pencils – Pencil crayons

177. Boot – Trunk of a car

178. Coppers – Cops

179. Bagged – Chirped

180. Have a go – Make fun of

181. A crack up – Makes you laugh/a fool

182. Tosser – Wanker (see above)

183. Stuffed – When something’s messed up or broken

184. Full on – Intense

185. Far out – Crazy

186. Partner – Boyfriend/Girlfriend

187. Chemist – Pharmacy

188. Hire – Rent

189. Car park – Parking lot

190. Half for time – Instead of 8:30, they’d say half 8

191. City/CBD – Downtown

192. Toilet – Bathroom

193. Stitch up – When you’ve been pranked or screwed over

194. Dugong – Manatee

195. Torch – Flashlight

196. Misses – Girlfriend

197. Bush – Outback

198. Bushdoof – Rave in the middle of nowhere

199. Barrack – Go for (what team you root for)

The one’s that aren’t used often …

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These last Australian slang terms I heard no more than once or twice when asking Australian’s about weird things they say.

200. A few roos loose in the top paddock – A few screws loose

201. Woopwoop – Out in the middle of nowhere

202. Bush pig – Female bogan in a woopwoop

203. More than one way to skin a kangaroo – More than one way of doing something

204. Pocket dragon – Lighter

205. Fang it – Gun it (driving)

206. Grass – Cool

207. F*@kwit – Idiot/dickhead

208. Treat em mean to keep em keen – When you’re interested in a guy/girl and play with their emotions or play games to hold their interest

209. Frothing at the gash – I love it

210. Cop some flak – Give someone shit

211. Bird – Girl

212. Crikey – Ah shit

213. F*&k me dead – When something bad happens

214. Doggin – Ditching

215. Dispstick – Thing mechanic uses to check oil

216. It’s a cracka – It’s jokes

217. Shelia – Woman

218. Troppor – Drunk, overheated and dehydrated

219. Paddock – Field

220. Buzzed – Vibing

221. Ankle biter – Toddler

222. What a drainer – Let down/makes you tired

223. Bush bashed – Shitty trashed car

224. A dog’s breakfast – Disaster of some sorts like bad traffic /something being a mess

225. Cut – Pissed off

226. Come off it – Get a grip/come on/talking shit

227. Chook – Chicken

228. Cobba – Good friend

229. Hard yacka – Hard work

230. Grass – Good

231. Having a whack – Having a fight

232. Tough as a woodpeckers lips – Tough as nails

233. Not here to f*%k spiders – No shit

After living in Australia twice, I consider it a second home. I’m devastated to see the damage due to the bushfires going on right now. Here are some places you can donate if you’re interested in helping!

What did you think of Australian slang? If you’re Australian, did I hit the nail on the head or what?! Let me know in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram!

Until next time …

Cheers,

Amy xx

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