Be prepared and know the slang so you won't look like a drongo.

 

Colloquial Australian English was once very distinctive, however, in recent times it has adopted many Americanisms and British slang. That said, there are still many phrases and words that are uniquely Aussie. Travellers should note that Australians use many words in day to day speach which may be considered profanities in other parts of the world (i.e. Bloody, Bast**d and Bugger).

 

  • Aerial Ping Pong - derogatory for Australian Rules football
  • ankle biter - small child
  • arvo- afternoon
  • any tick of the clock - soon
  • airy fairy - vague
  • Apple Eater - Resident of Tasmania.
  • apples, she'll be - it'll be okay
  • Aussie - Australian (pronounced Ozzie)


  • Back of Bourke - middle of nowhere ... also called 'beyond the black stump'
  • bail out - exit, leave
  • Banana Bender - person who resides in Queensland
  • bad case of the trots - diarrhea
  • beg yours - pardon me
  • barbie - barbecue
  • bast**d - multiple meanings, rarely about children born out of wedlock. Can be familiar (you old b..), compassionate (poor dumb b..) or insulting (a real b..). Also descriptive of a bad experience etc (I had a b.. of a week)
  • bloody oath - that's true.
  • bludger - lazy person not working 
  • beaut - fantastic, wonderful, the best.
  • billy - pot for boiling tea on a camp fire
  • billabong - waterhole
  • bingle - motor vehicle accident
  • bite ya bum - be quiet
  • bizzo - business bloke - man, guy.  Also, none of your bizzo = none of your buisness.
  • bloke - man
  • blowie - Blow Fly
  • blue - fight (have a fight/blue)
  • bluey - Bluebottle jellyfish; also nickname for a red-head
  • bogan - unkempt, slack or messy person or redneck
  • bonkers - crazy
  • bonzer - fabulous, great, cool, ripper
  • box - the telly / television
  • broke - skint, out of money
  • buddgie smugglers - speedos, tight fitting mens swimwear
  • bugga- bad luck, oops
  • buggered - tired (see also "stuffed")
  • buggerlugs - affectionately used - to annoy.
  • busted - broken or caught in the act of doing something wrong
  • buzz off - to leave.
  • BYO - bring your own grog.

 

  • call it quits - to stop.
  • cark it - to die
  • catch ya later - Goodbye
  • cactus - dead
  • cheesed off - really annoyed
  • chick - girl, woman
  • chin-wag - a long discussion, talk
  • chook - chicken
  • choc a block, chockers - totally full
  • chuck a wobbly - lose ones temper
  • chuck a leftie - to turn left
  • chuck a spaz - to get really angry
  • chuck a U ey - to do a U turn
  • chuck up - to vomit.
  • chunder - to vomit when drunk.
  • clapped out - broken down
  • cockie - a cockatoo (bird) or old colloquial term for the landed gentry
  • cods wallop - utter rubbish
  • cozzie - swimmers (NSW ) Also Known as Togs (QLD) and Bathers (Vic, SA) depending on the State.  Also can be called Budgie smugglers is the case of male speedos.
  • cobber - friend, mate
  • crikey! - astonishment, disbelief
  • crook - sick, a criminal or con man
  • croweater - A South Australian

 

  • Dad 'n Dave - a shave
  • daks - trousers / pants, to 'dak' someone is to pull their pants down in public
  • dazzler - excellent / good looking
  • dead cert - an absolute winner (horse racing)
  • decko - have a look
  • dead horse - tomato sauce
  • dead set - genuine,
  • dead ringer - exactly the same, copy
  • digger - Australian solider from WW1, term often used to refer to any returned serviceman
  • dig, to have a - to have a go at someone
  • dingaling, - a silly person
  • dinkum - honest / real
  • dirty - to be angry
  • real dob - to tell on
  • Dole Bludger- person who lives of solcial security and does not make any effort to get a job
  • dinky die - genuine thing, also dinkum, as in fair dinkum (above)
  • dogs breakfast - a real mess
  • dogs eye - meat pie
  • donkey's years - a long time
  • dole - government payment to people who dont work
  • do your block - lose your cool (temper)
  • dob - to tell on
  • drongo - idiot, stupid person.
  • duck's guts - basic information
  • dud - useless
  • dunno - "I don't know"
  • dunny - Toilet
  • durrey - rolled cigarette

 

  • earbash - to talk non-stop
  • ears flapping - listen in earnest
  • easy on - calm down
  • elbow grease - hard work
  • empties - empty beer bottles

 

  • fair dinkum - true, real, honest
  • fair go - give us a break
  • fair crack of the whip - give them a go
  • fire away - start talking.
  • five finger discount - shop lifting
  • flat out - going full on/ busy
  • from go to whoa - start to finish

 

  • galah - noisy person acting like an idiot
  • goanna - rhyming slang for piano (ie pee-anna)
  • Good on ya - good job
  • g'day - hi
  • grog - alcoholic drinks


  • hicksville - outback country town
  • how are ya- greeting, warm welcome
  • hooligan, idiot or troublemaker. Generally associated with someone who commits mindless acts of violence or destruction

 

  • iffy - questionable

 

  • knackered - tired, exhausted

 

  • lark - joke, fun
  • larrikin- usually used in an affectionate way. A larrikin is a trouble maker, but a harmless or loveable one

 

  • joe blake -snake

 

  • lemon - useless faulty thing
  • lob in - visit someone
  • loo - toilet

 

  • mate - the understood meaning depends on the context. Can be friendly, agressive or neither. Same as pal or buddie in US or mate in UK
  • Mexican - a Victorian (as in south of the border)
  • mozzies - mosquites
  • muso- musician

 

  • No worries - its not a problem.

 

  • p*ssed - drunk
  • p*ssed off - annoyed and angry
  • piffed - chucked (as in "I piffed it in the bin")
  • plonk - wine (usually cheap wine)
  • pluggers - rubber thongs or short rugby shorts (depending on where you come from)

 

  • ratbag - idiot
  • ranga - redhead.
  • ring in - forgeiner  also some one not invited or that should not be there
  • ripper - great, cool, fabulous

 

  • Sandgroper - Person from Western Australia 
  • she'll be right - everything is okay
  • Sheila - woman
  • shonky - not to be trusted/doesn't work properly, dodgy
  • snag - sausage
  • Spunk - good looking person
  • Squizz -To have a "squizz" means to have a look. Derived from rhyming slang. Squizzy Taylor was a well known criminal. He was a crook, and crook rhymes with look.
  • stubbies - work shorts for men / small bottle of beer
  • stuffed - tired (see also "buggered")

 

  • take the p*ss - make fun of, ridicule
  • tall poppies - successful people... Tall poppy syndrome is the desire to undercut those who are more sucessful
  • thingamajig - an item or thing
  • too right - I agree
  • true blue - true, real, genuine
  • tucka- food
  • thongs- flip flops, rubber sandles (the underwear is called a g-string here)

 

  • whinge - to moan and complain
  • woop - woop - the outback, to live at Whoop Whoop means a long way from the center of town
  • wowser - boring, conservative person
  • wife beater - bonds singlet

 

  • yobbo - unintelligent/crude person usually male
  • youse - means you plural
  • your shout - your turn to buy a drink

A very funny forum  thread to read at your leisure:

http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTop...