Australia Slang

According to Collins Cobuild  Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary, Slank means;  consists of words, expressions, and meanings that are informal and are used by people who know each other very well or who have the same interests. If you want to find information about specific words. This site provides some Australian Slang that might be useful for you.


Australian Slang




Aggro    abbreviation for aggravated, aggressive, aggression.

Ankle biter    a small or young child

Arvo    afternoon.

Av-a-go-yer-mug – a phrase used to encourage someone to put more effort into something.

Aussie  an Australian.





Bangers    sausages.

Barney    an argument, fight.

Beano / Beanfeast  – festivity, celebration

Beanie    a small close fitting knitted cap often with a pom pom on top.

Big smoke    the city.

Billabong    a waterhole

Billy    a container, usually makeshift, for boiling water or tea; a receptacle used for smoking marijuana

Bloke    a man

Bludger    a lazy person who evades responsibilities, often applied to one who collects the dole and doesn’t try to find work.

Blue    to fight, a dispute; depressed in spirits; a mistake;

Bluey    a nickname for a red-headed person; a breed of Australian work dog

Bonza    excellent, attractive, pleasing

Bottlo    a bottle shop or Liquor store.

Bush telegraph  /  Bush wire  – unofficial communication network by which rumours are spread

Bushwhacker    one who lives in the bush.

Bushwacked  – extremely fatigued or exhausted.

Bush week    a fictitious week when country people come to town; a time of year when stupid things happen.

Bushytailed – full of health and good spirits.

Bust  – to apprehend for an illegal activity; to go bankrupt; a police raid.

Butt    the buttocks, bottom.





Cakehole    mouth.

Can-do  – capable and obliging.

Centralia    the inland region of Australia

Champers – champagne.

Chinwag    a chat, conversation.

Chook    a chicken

Cobber  – a mate, friend

Cockeyed  – twisted or slanted to one side; foolish, absurd

Codger    a bloke, fellow, especially elderly and a little odd.

Compo    compensation for injury; workers compensation.

Corker    something striking or astonishing; something very good of its kind.

Crapper    toilet.

Creepy    crawly    an insect.

Crook    sick, disabled, bad inferior; a thief; to get angry

Crown Jewels  – the testicles

Cut up  – to cause distress to; to criticise severely.





Dag    a person with little or no dress sense, uncouth

Date    buttocks; a date roll is a roll of toilet paper.

Dick stickers    men’s brief style bathers.

Digger    an Australian soldier, especially one who served in World War I

Ding  – a dent or damaged section of a car, bike, surfboard, etc.

Dinkum / dinki-di  – true, honest, genuine

Down the road    term indicating distance but no particular distance, it could be a few hundred metres but may be a few hundred miles.

Drongo – slow-witted or stupid person.

Dunny    an outside toilet, lavatory.





Earbash    to talk incessantly, someone who talks too much.





Fair dinkum    real, genuine, true.

Few sandwiches short of a picnic    slow witted, not all together.

Footy    rugby league.

Fridge    refrigerator

Full as a boot – intoxicated.

Full of it – someone is full of it if they are a liar.





G’day, gidday    a greeting meaning good day.

Gee-whiz – an expression indicating astonishment.

Get stuffed    go away.

Get the shits    to become angry, upset or short tempered.

Gnarly    difficult, awkward; terrific, excellent.

Go a meal or drink    could eat a meal or have a drink

Go for broke – to risk all ones capital.

Greenie    deprecatory term for an environmentalist.

Grog  /  booze  – alcohol, beer, spirits.

Grommet    an idiot; a young surfer

Grouse    very good.

Grub    food.





Hack it    to tolerate something or to keep up

Hair of the dog  – an alcoholic drink taken to relieve a hangover.

Half your luck   an expression often indicating envy of one’s goodwill can also be a congratulatory remark or best wishes blessing.

Hard yacka    hard work

Hassle to give problems, complications or aggravations.

Homestead    main residence on a sheep or cattle station (ranch or farm).

Hooroo    goodbye.





In the shit    serious trouble.




Jingoes    exclamation of surprise

Joe Blake    snake (rhyming slang).

John    toilet.

Jumbuck    a sheep.





Kick in    contribute money to something.

Knowck off    to steal something; a counterfeit product.





Lang    to inform on someone.

Lair    flashily dressed young man or brash or vulgar behaviour.

Larrikin    lout, a mischievous young chap.

Laughing gear    mouth.

Loo    toilet.





 Mad as a cut snake  – crasy.

Mate    usually a friend  or acquaintance but anyone can be a mate.

Middy  – middle-sized(285ml) glass of beer.

Mug    a fool, one easily duped.





Nong    a fool, idiot.

Noah  /  Noah’s ark  – a shark(rhyming slang).





Ocker    the uncultivated Australian workingma; boorish, uncouth.

Ol’ cheese    mother.

Ol’ man  – father.

Oldies    parents.

On a good lurk    on to a good thing.

On ya mate  – usually means well done but often used sarcastically.

Open slather    free-for-all, anything goes.

Oz    Australia.





Picker    someone who doesn’t want to do something especially within a group.

Pissed    drunk.

Pissed off    disgruntled, fed up.

Plonk    alcoholic liquor, especially cheap wine.

Poddy-dodger   cattle rustler, one who steals unbranded calves.

Pollie  / polly  – a politician.

Pommy  /  Pom  – English person(usually whinging pom).

Prawn    a shrimp.

Pub    a hotel, short for public house. Usually taken to mean the bar or drinking area in a hotel.





Rack off    go away, get lost.

Rag   – a newspaper or a woman who sleeps around.

Ratbag  – rascal, rogue.

Ripper  /  rip snorter   great, terrific.

Roo   short for kangaroo.





Sandshoes    casual footwear, joggers.

Sanga    a sandwich or sausage.

Schooner    a large-sized (425ml) glass of beer.

Scrub up    dress up.

Seppo  /  Septic tank    an American (rhyming slang for yark)

Servo    a petrol /ervice / gas station.

Sheila    girl, woman.

She’ll be apples    all is well(rhyming slang).

Shout    buy or pay for; a round of drinks in the pub.

Skite    boast, brag.

Slab  – carton of 24 beer cans.

Slugo’s  – mens brief style bathers.

Smoko    break from work to indulge in chit-chat and a cigarette.

Spine bashing   restling, loafing.

Spit the dummy    get very upset about something.

Sport    used as a term of address usually between males like mate.

Squib  – to pry or meddle; one who pries or meddles.

Sticky beak   to pry or meddle; one who pries or meddles.

Strine    Australian English.

Struth    an exclamation expressing surprise or verification.

Stubby    a small bottle of beer.

Sunnies    a pair of sunglasses.

Swag  – a large number or unspecified number.





Ta / tar  – thanks.

Tart    once meaning ‘sweet heart’ but now a derogatory word for a woman.

Tee up – to organise something.

Thingy / thingo / thingummyjig  – any thing that doesn’t have a precise name.

Tightarse – someone who won’t buy a drink or won’t part with money.

Tinnie    a can of beer.

True  blue  – genuine.

Tucker    food.





Uee  – a U turn.

Up a gum tree    in difficulties, stranded.

Up shit creek    in trouble (often without a paddle indicating serious trouble)

Ute    small truck, short for utility truck.





VB    Victoia Bitter, a beer.





Walkabout    a period of wandering, usually in reference to Aborigines.

Walloper    one who thrashes someone.

Wally    someone who keeps making mistakes.

Wanker    one who masturbates; a person who is full of themselves, egotistical.

Waxxy  / wax head    a surfer.

Wedding tacle    a penis.

Westie  – someone from Sydney’s western suburbs, often used derogatorily to mean uneducated and or uncultured. Also someone who acts like a westie.

What-da-ya-know – an expression of surprise; a friendly phrase used to open a conversation.

Wombat    a simple minded person.

Wog  – derogatory term for a foreigner, especially one of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern extraction.





XXXX    a Queensland beer brand (pronounced four ex).





Yarn    a story

Yobbo    loutish, surly youth.

Yonks    a long period of time.


(Source: Ditc, training course, ausfamil 2008)





  1. Thanks bermanfaat sekali, siapa tahu suatu saat nanti ane dapet kesempatan berkunjung ke sana, amin.

  2. Hai Mamanya Putri,…….semoga nanti lekas menyusul ke sini ya tapi belajar yang rajin ya bahasa inggrisnya…..Kalau bhs Jermanya dah gak usah belajar lagi tho! he……! thnk 4 your visit.


  3. erko! you are ()man because you use the slang a lot so i don’t undersatnd what do you mean? i don’t want to use the slang. because the language we use to communicate. that is enough!

  4. Hi….my friend, event we don’t use the slang for communication at least we know some slang because we are studying English moreover now we are in Aussie. E believe this is will give benefit for us later. As a teacher we have to anticipate who knows that our student asking about this topic before studying in Aussie or maybe they are going to have a joint exercise with Australian Defense Force. Ok thanks for your comment my friend.



  5. G’day mate,
    how are u going there?? So far so good? this post remind me to the most wonderful time at DITC..! hiks
    have a nice day mas erko..

  6. good night sir….i will visit your blog again…

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