Australian Slang


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Ace: excellent
Aggro: aggravated or upset about something
Alf: stupid person
Amber fluid: beer, ale
Ankle biter: young child
Antipodes: places on exactly opposite sides of the earth
Ant's pants: height of fashion OR high opinion of themselves
Anyhow mate!: a saying used to change the subject when talking(usually when bored with what is being said)
Apple eaters: someone who lives in the state of Tasmania (apple growing state)
she'll be Apples!: everything will be okay
Apricots: a man's testicles
Arse over tit: fall over
this Arvo: this afternoon
Aussie: some one from Australia a Australian
Av-a-go-yer-mug: someone is not trying hard enough in their sport, and you want them to (this is yelled to give them a bit of a push a long)
Avos: avocados (a type of fruit)
Awning over the toy shop: male beer belly
Ay ?: didn't hear what was said, or "pardon me"

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Back of Beyond : far out bush as you can get, right out in the outback of Australia
Back of Bourke : the middle of nowhere
your old Bag, the old Bag: a term for a woman, usually the wife or the mother-in-law
Bagged someone : critised or put someone down
Bail out : you leave, abandon
Bail up : hold up OR rob OR earbash
Balls up : terrible mistake, everything has gone wrong
Barbie: barbecue, BBQ,("I'll throw some shrimp on the barbie")
Banana bender: a person from Queensland
Bang on: it's hit the target right in the middle, OR it's right, or correct
Banged up: pregnant
over with the Bar flies : going over to talk to the old men who drink and talk in the front bar of a pub from when it opens to when it closes
Barney : fight or scuffle OR argument or tiff
Barrack: to cheer or spur your team on (football team etc.)
give it a Bash: you will try something you are not sure of
Basket case: someone on the edge of mental collapse
Bastard: can be a term of endearment eg. "How are ya going ya old bastard?"
Bathers : swimming costume
old Battle-Axe : wife OR mother-in-law
you're a Battler : you work hard to earn a living
Beating around the bush : not getting to the point on a subject
Beaut, beauty: great, fantastic, terrific, something that went real well, (you little beauty!)
Belt up! : shut-up, stop talking ,be quite, (in an angry way)
Berko : angry (in an unreasonable way)
Better half: your wife or husband
going to have a Bex : you are going to settle yourself down from some sort of stress (figuratively not taking a Bex which is a drug) but usually a cup a tea, a cry and a good rest
Big note yourself : to skite, to say you are better or more important than you really are
Billabong: an ox-bow river or watering hole
Billy: large tin can used to boil water over a campfire for tea, "put the billy on",
Billy cart : a go-kart of a kids (childs) construction
past the Black stump : the same as back of beyond
Block : your head
do your Block : you are angry or lose your temper
go to the Block: go to your vacant piece of land
Blow through : leave in a hurry
Blowies : blow flies
Bloke: male, man, guy
Bloody: very (e.g. bloody hard yakka)
Bloody oath!: that's certainly true
Blowing your dough: spending all your money
Bludge : to do nothing at all
Bludger: lazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on other people to do things or lend him things
Blue: fight or argument ("he was having a blue with his wife")
true Blue : something that is real Australian
Bluey: Nick-name for a red-headed bloke OR pack, equipment OR traffic ticket
Blue Heeler : police OR Queensland cattle dog
Bob's your uncle : What you say when things suddenly fall into place
Bolted : left very quickly
Bonzer there mate! : that's great friend, ripper
Boogie board: a hybrid, half-sized surf board
Boomer: a large male kangaroo, Australian basket-baller
Booze, Boozer : alcohol, pub or hotel OR a person who is a heavy drinker
Booze bus : Police van used for randon breath testing for alcohol
Bottle shop: liquor shop
Bottoms up : drinking the whole glass of something all at once (usually beer)
you're a Bow wow : you are really ugly, (a dog)
Brass : money, "have you got any brass on ya?", (have you got any money?)
Brass razoo : no money
Breaky : breakfast, first meal of the day
Breadbasket : the stomach
mow the Brigalo suckers : shave the beard
Broken packet of biscuits : someone whose life looks good on the outside, but is a mess on the inside
Brown dog - "kick a Brown dog" : you are going to get your tension out (figuratively NO, you don't kick a brown dog)
Brown-eye : to show ones bottom, mooning
Buckley's, Buckley's chance, Buckley's & none: no chance ("New Zealand stands Buckley's of beating Australia at football")
Bug : (Moreton Bay Bug) small crab
Bugalugs : a friendly endearment
Bugger all : doing absolutely nothing
Bull dust : a lie
Bullamakanka : imaginary place in the far outback, as far as you can go in the outback
Built like a brick shit house : you are saying someone is of very strong construction or big (usually outside tiolets are made of wood)
Bummer : you're been let down by something, "what a bummer!"
Bung : to put (bung another snag on the barbie mate!)
Bunyip : mythical spirit creature from outback
give it a Burl : give something a try, that you have not done before
Bush: the hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in town
Bush-bash : go off road in a vehicle, forcing your way through untouched bush
Bush telegraph : the town gossip network
what is this? Bush week? : How they respond when you tell someone something that is not true
Butcher : a 285 ml beer in South Australia
give it a "Butchers" : short for "butchers hook" it means you will look into it (look rhymes with butcher's hook)

B.Y.O.: unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own grog, also similar party or barbecue

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something's Cactus: It's died, "it's had it"
Cakehole : your mouth
Camp oven: Large cast iron pot with a lid, for cooking on a open fire
Cane-toad: A Queensland Rugby League supporter or fan
Can : outdoor toilet (without a sewage connection- a can is used instead and emptied once or twice a week)
Can it : tell someone to stop it or shut up
Carked it (someone): they've died
Carpetbagger steak : beef stuff with oysters
Chalky: teacher
Cheerio : saying goodbye
Chew the fat : have a good talk together
Chicken: a person who won't stand up for themselves
Chin-wag : having a good chat
Chippie : carpenter
Chock a block or Chocker's : full to the point you can fill no more or crowded to over flowing
Choof off : You go now
Chook: a chicken, hen, rooster
may your Chooks turn into emus and kick your shithouse down : statement you can make when, you're not very happy with what someone has done to you
Chuck: throw something OR vomit
Chunder : vomit, spew
Clanger : someone told a real big lie OR a shock
Claytons : something of questionable integrity, a fake which resembles the real thing (the opposite of Fair Dinkum)
Clobber: Clothes
Clod hoppers : your feet or shoes (usually big)
Cobber: friend
Cock and bull : something is a lie (cock and bull story),(load of crap)
something is a Cock up : its gone all wrong
Cockroach: someone who lives in the state of New South Wales, don't ask why!
Cockie: farmer,OR cockroach
Codswallop cods-swal-lop : a lot of nonsense or a lie
got no Coin : you have no money
get them to Come across : try to get someone over to your way of thinking
Come a gutser: make a bad mistake, have an accident
Compo: Compensation (Worker's Compensation/work cover/work care.)
Cooee : a call for greeting someone at a distance in the bush
Cop it sweet : to get what's coming to you, without trying to get back at them
Corroboree: aboriginal festival dance
you will be waiting till the Cows come home: you be waiting all day
Cow-tow : bow and scrape to someone
Cozzy: swimming costume, togs, bathers
Crack a tinnie : open a can of cold beer
Crack onto : to make a pass at or chat up
what a load of Crap : (someone is talking rubbish) a lie
stop the Crap! : stop what you are doing or saying as its not true
off to the Crapper : go off to the tiolet
Creamed : someone or team has beaten someone else or team by a huge margin
Crikey !: surprise at something
Cripes !! : exclamation of shock
Crook: ill, sick, OR badly made, something that is not functioning, OR villain
Croweater : someone who lives in the state of South Australia, (that state's outback has a lot of crows)
Cruddy: something of low quality
Cunning as a shithouse rat: someone who is very cunning and under handed
Cuppa : cup of tea or coffee
Curly: nickname for a bald person
give someone a bit of Curry : give someone a hard time of it
Cut lunch: sandwiches

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Dag: an uncool person, a funny person, nerd, goof, loser OR a friendly endearment (the trick is knowing which one they mean, check to see if they a smiling) OR to describe unfashionable way of dressing
Daks: trousers, pants, shorts
Damp squib :someone who is not thinking to well, a bit of a dub (squib was a small firecracker, a damp squib is one that doesn't go off) so I guess they saying your not firing to well
Damper :flour and water bread mix cooked in the coals of a camp fire
he's got the Darling pea :behave strangely, OR insane (it's a plant that causes some strange behavior mainly in animals that eat it)
Dead horse :tomato sauce
Dead marine :empty beer bottle
Deadset :without a doubt
your Dial :your face
Didgeridoo :Aboriginal wind musical instrument
going to your Dig :is going to your home or the place where you live
Digger :Australian soldier
Dill: an idiot, someone that is not too smart
Dilly-bag :food bag OR small bag to carry things
you are a Dingo :you are cunning bad person
Dinkum, fair dinkum: true, real, genuine ("Kwik Kerb is a dinkum Aussie business"; "is he fair dinkum?")
Dinky-di: the real thing, genuine OR originating from down-under
see you a Divvy :see you in a very sort time
Divvy van :Police divisional van
Dobber :someone who tells on you or has a big mouth
Docket: a bill, receipt
Do-dar :something or item you do not know the name of is a do-dar
Dodgy :something suspicious and underhanded
Doesn't know if it's pitt street or christmas :to be confused (a country bloke confused at all the lights of Sydney's Pitt Street
Dog: an ugly women, (not a term of endearment)
Dog and bone :telephone
Dole bludger: Somebody on welfare assistance when unjustified
Done Deal :something finished or completed
Donger :a mans penis
Donk :car or boat engine OR motor bike
haven't seen you in Donkey's years :you haven't seen someone in a real long time
Dork :fool or idiot
Dough: money, cash in pocket
Dover :a bush knife
Drink with the flies: to drink alone
if you are a Drip :you are someone with no personality, no character, boring
Drongo: a dope, stupid person
Drop of the perch :glass of beer
Dropped your bundle :lost your temper ,finding it hard to cope with things
Dropped your guts farted, broken wind
Drover's dog :no good, useless, of no importance
Drum: information, tip-off ("I'll give you the drum")
Dry as a dead dingo's donger :drought OR very dry climate(who ever started this one, had a strange past-time)
Dud-dropper :one who sells cheap stuff as good stuff, implying that it's cheap because it fell off the back of a truck.(stolen)
up the Duff :pregnant
Dunlop cheque :cheque that bounced(the bank bid not except, return to you) rubber
Dunny: outside lavatory, toilet
Dunny budgie :a fly
noisy as a Dunny door in a storm :something or someone making a continuous noise
Durry: cigarette

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Earbashing: nagging, non-stop chatter
I could Eat a horse, and chase the jockey :you are very very hungry
Egg-head :idiot, dill, nerd, dag, etc.
Elbow grease :working hard (digging etc)
Esky :large insulated box which you put ice bricks in, to keep food and drink cold eg.(beer)

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Face fungus :man's beard, hair on the face
Fag :a cigarette
Fair crack of the whip :said when someone has done or said something wrong or not correct, or going to.(to let them know, you know)
Fair dinkum: true, real, genuine eg:("Kwik Kerb is a dinkum Aussie business" or "Is he fair dinkum?")
Fair enough :OK you are right, I agree about something
Fair go: a chance ("give a bloke a fair go")
Fair suck of the sav :giving someone an equal chance (sav is a saveloy a type of sausage)
Fanny :females private part
Fart-arse around :you not getting on with the job at hand, and doing other things
Fat chance :something has little to no chance of happening
Fella :person or a male(white-fella or black-fella are not to be used as it's racist, I've never heard it used this way in either way, only when one race wanted to get to know the other in a friendly way, but you shouldn't use it)
old Fella :mans penis
Fibber :someone who tell lies
like a Fish on a hook :you are really caught on something OR caught by something OR into something
Five finger discount :shoplifting
Flake :Shark meat, used in Fish and Chip shops
Flaked out :laid down for a rest or went to sleep from drinking too much alcohol
Flaming thing or Flaming good :extra bad or extra good
Flash as a rat with a gold tooth :dressed and groomed nicely
Flat chat or Flat out :going as fast as you can
go to the Flicks :go to the cinema
give it the Flick :throw it away
Floater :meat pie floating in thick pea soup (South Australia) sounds bad but it's great on a cold night
Footbrawl :northerners term for Ozzie Rules Football
Footy: Australian Rules football, Rugby League, Super League
Fossicking: searching, rummaging ("fossicking through the kitchen drawers")
Fred nerk :someone imaginary
Front someone :ask them what they're hiding
Fruit cake :mentally unstable
Full : drunk, intoxicated
Full as a boot :drunk (very)
Full Feather :real good health
Funny farm :mental institution

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Galah :loud, rudely behaved person, fool, (named after the bird of the same name which flies south in the winter - a bloody silly thing to do in the Southern Hemisphere)
Ga darn or G'darn :surprise at something
Ga day or G 'day :a friendly welcome (same as hello or hi
Game :brave, (if you have a go at something others think or find difficult, they say you're game)
Gammy :sore, eg:I have a gammy leg (a leg not working properly, its damaged)
have a Gander :have a look
Garbo, garbologist: municipal garbage collector, dustman
Gasbag :a person who talks a lot
what's your Game :what are you up to, (something going on that is wrong)
Gibber :a large rock
Give it away :give up on something, quit
Give it a burl: try it, have a go
I need to Go! :I want to go to the toilet
Goer :"It's a goer."(something that will definitely occur, that you have been trying to make happen)
Gone round the bend :gone crazy or mental
Good as Gold! :something is great
Good-oh :okay, alright
Good oil : useful information, a good idea, the truth
Good on you : good for you, well done
Good on ya mate! :you are happy with what they are doing
Goog :an egg (he has a big goog on is head) he has a bump on his head as big as an egg
full as a Goog :drunk
Grazier :sheep or cattle farmer (natural grass without pasture)
Grizzle :complain, whinge
Grog: alcohol, liquor, beer ("bring your own grog, you bludger")
Grot :a very dirty or untidy person
Grouse :something is great, terrific
Grub :dirty eater, or dirty child OR some-one wearing very dirty clothes
Grub :food (go eat some grub.)
Guffing off :someone who is lazy
down the Gurgler :down the plug hole, something has failed
Gutzer :to fall over and hurt yourself
Gympy leg :sore leg, a leg not working properly, its damaged

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Haggle :bargain, (talk the price down)
Hair of the dog : drinking alcohol the morning after, (while you still have a hang-over)
put Hairs on ya chest :something done which is brave, very manly OR that if you eat this or drink this you will become a man
Hang out :spending time out, usually with friends
Happy as larry :you are extremely over-joyed
Hardcase :someone with a closed mind, but they might not think so
Hit the Hay OR Hit the sack :go to bed to sleep
Hit your kick :open your wallet
Holy-dooly :an expression of surprise
Hoon: hooligan, a show-off with limited intelligence
Hotel: often just a pub
Howzat? :asking someone how something is OR appealing to the umpire for an 'out' in a cricket match
Humping :carrying something heavy usually on your shoulder OR having sexual intercourse
Humpy :bush dwelling of cheap construction

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Icy pole: popsicle, lollypop, (great for hang-overs)
Idiot box :television set
Iffy :"something is bit iffy", its risky or suspect
Illywhacker :a stick for smacking a child with, (not allowed anymore) I guess it makes you ill, when you get hit. (not something I enjoyed as a kid)
Irrits :"you give me the irrits", you're extremely irritating
Ivories :your teeth OR "to tickle the ivories" is to play the piano

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I will fix your Jack and Jill :I will pay your bill, (usually in a restaurant)
Jackaroo : a male ranch hand OR Holden 4 wheel drive recreational vehicle
Jaked :broken
Jerry :a pot under the bed (if you need to go in the middle of the night)
Jibber :talk a lot, usually about nothing important
Jiffy :a short time
Jigged :broken or no longer usefull
Jillaroo : a female ranch hand
by Jingos! :exclamation of wonder
I will Job you! :I will hit you or punch you
Jocks :male underpants
Joe blow :anyone you don't even know (someone you do not know the name of)
Joey : baby kangaroo
John :toilet
Journo : journalist
Jumbuck : sheep
Jumper :usually a woollen sweater
Just down the road :someone says this when you ask for directions, (ask for more details because this could be 100 meters to a 1000 kilometers away)

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Kafuffle :argument or a disturbance
Kangaroos loose in the top paddock : a little crazy, mentally unstable
Keen as mustard :enthusiastic about something
Kick the bucket :die, pass away
Kip :short rest or sleep or nap
Kit : all your belongings or your possessions
Kiwi :someone who live in New Zealand (New Zealander)
Knackers :male testicles
Knock: to criticise
Knocker: somebody who criticizes
Knock something :criticise it
Knock shop :a house of prostitution, brothel
she Knocked me back :she didn't want to have sex with you
Knocked up : pregnant
Knocked off work :time to go home from work
get Knotted! :is an angry way to say "no"
you Know! :mostly used by people who do not know what they are talking about, and hope you do (a habit phrase some Aussies use on the end of a sentence)
Kwikkerb: Kwik Kerb, Curb, Curbing, concrete edging ("Come and Kwikkerb my garden")

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Lady blamey :a beer glass made from the bottom half of a beer bottle
Lady muck :a woman who puts on airs of a grand lady, usually badly, (stuck up)
Lag :Inform, dob
Lame-brained :someone that is stupid
Lamingtons :small sponge cakes coated in chocolate and grated coconut
Lashing out :going on a spending spree
Laughing gear :your mouth
Lav or Lavvy :outdoor toilet
Leading you up the garden path :someone is trying to deceive or trick you and you are not aware of it
get a Leg up :Getting help to climb over something, or climb up
Lemon :something that is faulty OR broken OR bad OR useless (that you are stuck with)OR a lesbian
Lights on but there's no one home :someone not to smart
Lippie :lipstick
Liquid amber :Beer, ale
use your Loaf :use your head, think about it
Lob, lob in: drop in to see someone unannounced("the rellies have lobbed in")
Lollies: sweets
Lolly :money OR head
do your Lolly :shouting and raving in an angry way,(losing you head)
hit your Lolly :hit your head
Lollywater :soft drink
Long as a month of sundays :a very long time (28 - 31 weeks)
how Long is a piece of string? :this statement is said when someone asks you a question that doesn't have a straight answer eg. "How long will it take?"(You can't determine a time)
Long-neck: large beer bottle
Loo: toilet, lavatory, mens room, dunny
Lucky Country, The: Australia, where else?
on a good Lurk :on to a good thing or job
ga day Luv :substitute for the womans name, saying hello in a friendly way

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Mad as a cut snake : gone crazy
Manchester : household linen
Mate: buddy, friend, pal
Matilda: your sleeping bag or bed roll for camping out
Mexican: a person from across the border
Middie: 285 ml beer glass in New South Wales
Milk bar : a small shop that sells all sorts (mainly food and drinks eg. milkshakes)
Missus : your wife
Mob : group of people or things, not necessarily unruly
Mollydooker : a left hander
Moosh : your mouth
More of them than you can poke a stick at : a lot of something
Mozzies: mosquitoes
Mucking around : playing around in a way that others generally don't like
Mud: wet concrete for laying bricks etc.
Mug : your face
gone up the Mulga : gone bush, gone to the country not touched by man
you look like a stunned Mullet : dazed OR you mind is off thinking about something else
things are crook in Mussellbrook : times are bad
Mystery bag : sausage (you never know what the butcher put in it)

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Nacked : annoyed
Nackered : absolutely exhausted or very tired
Nana : banana
Narkie : short tempered
Neddie : a horse
Never Never: the Outback, centre of Australia, usually off the beaten track,
Nickers : womans underpants
Nick off : go now, get lost
you're in the Nick : you are naked
you've got a good Nick : you've got a good name
Nockers : women's breasts
No-hoper: somebody who'll never do well
Not the full quid: not bright intellectually
you're in the Nuddy : you are naked
Nulla-nulla : wooden club used by Aborigines (made from very heavy and hard wood called Blackbutt)

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Ocker: an unsophisticated person, Aussie that likes beer, sport and women and is generally un-cultured
Offsider: an assistant, helper
Off like a brides nightie : leaving now or very quickly
Off like a bucket of prawns in the sun : leaving now or very quickly
Off like a piece of cheeze : leaving now or very quickly
Off the beaten Track: on a road not used very much, or no road at all or in a remote part of Australia
Oldies : parents
Once over : giving something the look over or checking it out
One armed bandit : poker machine (sad to say the arm is being replaced by a button)
On ya mate : well done there mate
Ooroo : goodbye
O.S.: overseas ("he's gone O.S.")
Outback : remote part of Australia
bun in the Oven : pregnant
Ow-yar-goin mate?: how are you going?
Oy! : an Aussie bush call
Oz: Australia!
Ozzie: Australian!

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Paly : on friendly terms with someone
Paraletic: drunk, (very) Falling down, can't even stand up
Pash or pash off: kissing passionately
Paw-paw : Queensland papaya fruit (tropical)
Pearl : excellent
Perk at work : something good your employer supplies for nothing as a part of your job(and usually the taxman wants a part of it)
Pester : annoy or bother someone
Plonk: real cheap alcohol or cheap wine
Piffle : nonsense
Pigs bum : you say this when someone says something that's wrong, or incorrect
Piker : someone who does not want to do, what the rest of the group want to do
Pinch : to arrest
Pissed as a parrot : drunk
Pissed off : you are angry or unhappy with something
it Pivot's on : "it depends on" ,to consider
Poddy dodger : cattle rustler
Pom, pommy: an Englishman
Pommy bastard: NOT a term of endearment
you Pong : you smell or have an unpleasant odour
Poo tickets : toilet paper
talking on the Porcelain telephone : vomiting into a toilet (driving the Porcelain bus)
Pork chop in a Jewish Synogogue : you feel out of it, in what ever situation
Postie: postman, mail delivery person or mailman
Possie : advantageous position, in good spot
Playing Possum : you are hiding yourself or try to keep something from someone
Pot: 285 ml beer glass in Queensland & Victoria OR marijhuana, dope(an illegal drug which is commonly smoked, also known as Indian hemp)
Pot hole : hole in the road
Pot calling the kettle black : someone said something adverse about you and you reply with this slang phrase (which says that they are the same or worse then their adverse statement about you)
Prang : automotive crash
Prawn : shrimp (that's right we don't put a shrimp on the barbie, that's just advertising to con you to come here. No Aussie except Hogan has ever said it)
Raw Prawn : easy to deceive
Prezzies : gifts
Pub: hotel, place for buying and drinking alcohol
Pull the belt in : stop spending money
Pull your head in mate : tell them to mind their own business
Pull your socks up : get you life in order OR get your act together
Pussy : domestic cat OR a females private part
Put up or shut up : show you can do it or say it or keep quite
Put the cows out on the long Paddock : putting cows out on the road or highway to graze

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Quid : money
Quack : doctor
not the full Quid : short on brains

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Rack off : you are asked to leave, 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
Rag : newspaper OR a women who sleeps around
Raining cats'n'dogs : heavy storm & rain
Rapt : overjoyed
Ratbag : not a nice person
Reckon!: you bet! Absolutely!
Reckon you are right : believe or think you're right
Rellie: family relative
Ridgy-didge: original, genuine
Right: okay ("she'll be right, mate")
Righto : okay or that's right
Ringer : fast sheep shearer
Ring-in: replacement for the real thing, imposter
smells Ripe : smells off or bad
Ripped off : you've been cheated
Ripper: great, fantastic
Ripsnorter : something that's really great
Road train : multi-trailered semi truck
Roaring trade : you've been doing a lot of business
Roo: kangaroo
Root : sexual intercourse
Rooted : very tired
Ropable : very ill tempered or angry
RS : lousy (rat shit)
Rough end of the pineapple : you got a bad deal
Rotten: drunk ("I went out last night and got rotten")
Rubbish: to criticize
Rug up : dress warmly
you'd have to Run around in a the shower to get wet : you are very thin

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Sacked : fired from workor a job (relieved of your duties)
great Australian Salute : the action of using your hand to wave flies away from your face(can be a constant thing in some places)
Salvos, the: Salvation Army,
Sandgroper: a person from Western Australia (a very sandy state)
Sanger or Sanga: Sandwich
Sausage short of a barbecue : short of brains (a Snag Short of a barbie)
Scallops : fried potato cakes (Qld), Shellfish (elsewhere)
School : group of drinkers, each of whom buys a round
Schooner: large beer glass usually 425 ml in NSW, in South Australia it refers to a 375ml glass
Scone : your head
Scrubber : a person of poor quality and who maybe doesn't keep clean
Scrub-up well : you are now dressed, hair done nice, you look good, where you didn't before
Scum, Scum-bag: undesirable person, (He's the scum of the earth)
Seppo : American person
Shack : a simple dwelling or house
Shark : used car salesman
Shark biscuit: somebody new to surfing
Sheila: a woman
Shellacking : complete defeat
She'll be right: "it'll turn out okay"
Shirty : to get upset or angry
Shivoo : rowdy party
Shonky : unreliable, a very suspect deal
Shoot through : to leave in a hurry
Short and curlies : pubic hair, when someone states they've "got you by the short and curlies" you're in a bad position
Shout: a turn to buy a round of drinks usually alcohol eg. ("it's your shout") its your turn to buy a round, next shout will be someone elses in the group-(one sure way to get drunk, especially if there are enough of you)
Shove off! : go away, get lost, said in an angry way
Show you the ropes : show you how to do a job
Sickie: day off sick from work (chuck a sickie = take the day off sick from work when you're perfectly healthy!)
Silly Season : Christmas holidays
Sit on a beer : take a long time to drink a beer
cheap Skate : someone will not spend money or is a tight wad
Skite : to boast or brag about ones personal accomplishments
Slab: a carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer
going for a Slash : a man is going to urinate
Slippery-dip : childrens slide
Slog : hard work
Slow as a wet weekend : you doing something very slowly, and they trying to get you moving on it at a faster pace
Smoko : coffee or cigarette break if you are allowed to, (usually this gets you a spot outside near the rubbish bin at work)
Snag : sausage (put some snags on the barbie) now that's what Aussies really do say, (no bl...y shrimp)
Snakey : cranky, very upset or angry
I'll Sort it : you'll fix it whatever it is
See you in the Soup : see you around
call a Spade a Spade : telling something like it is, not saying something is good if its not , or bad if its actually good
Sparky : electrician
Spit the dummie : get very upset or angry about something
good Sport : someone who is good about losing and doesn't "spit the dummy"
up the Spout : pregnant
you've been Sprung : you've been caught doing something you shouldn't, busted
Spud : potato
Spunk: a good looking person (of either sex)
Spunky : someone who is sexy looking
Square off : to apologise
Squatter : someone who lives on someone else's land or house without permission
Stick in the mud : someone who is stopping you from doing something
Stickybeak : someone who cannot mind their own business (nosy person)
Stinger : Box Jellyfish
Stone the crows! : exclamation of shock at something
Strewth : exclamation of shock at something
Strides : trousers
Strine: This page is full of it, a lot of Aussie slang said at once. Australian slang and pronunciation
Stroppy : in a bad mood, and being difficult
Stubby: a small beer bottle
Stubbies : small bottles of beer OR a pair of mens shorts
I don't give a Stuff : you don't care about something
Sunbake: sunbathe
Surfies: people who go surfing - usually more often than they go to work!
Swag : canvas bag or cover that you keep all your belongings and bedroll in, to protect it from the weather when camping out
Swagman: tramp, hobo, home-less person in the outback
you look pretty Swank : you look dressed expensive, dressed well etc
something looks Swank : something looks expensive
no Sweat : no worries

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Ta : thanks
Tall poppies: successful people
Talk the leg off an iron pot : talk a lot, talk endlessly without letting other people have a go
Taswegian: a person from Tasmania, apple-eater
Tea : evening meal
Tee-up: to set up an appointment or arrange something
Thing-a-ma-jigger : term you use when you can't actually remember the name of something
Thingo : something you don't know the name of is a thingo
Thongs: cheap rubber backless sandals
Thugby : southerners non-endearing term for Rugby League Football (usually because they don't appreciate a great game)
Thunder box: outdoor toilet (without sewage connection- a can is used instead and emptied once or twice a week)
hang on a Tick : wait a short moment
he's got Tickets on himself : this person thinks they are the greatest , highly self-opinionated
Tight arse : someone who doesn't want to part with their money
Tight wad : someone who doesn't want to part with their money
Tinny: can of beer, OR small aluminium boat
a couple of Tinnies short of a slab : someone a bit simple minded, or mentally impaired
Togs: swim suit, swimming costume, bathers, cozzy
Too right!: definitely! something is absolutely right & correct
Top-ender : someone who lives in the Northern Terriory
make Tracks : get going somewhere, leave
True blue: something that is real Australian
Tucker: food
Tucker-bag: bag for storing food in the bush
Tuckshop : Aussie school canteen or cafeteria or eatery
Turn it up : stop what your saying or doing as its not right (you're basically saying that the person isn't telling the truth)
going Twenty to the dozen : moving or doing something very fast
Two-up : traditional Australian heads or tails gambling game using two coins

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Uee or Uwe: doing a U turn, (see "Yewy")
Um-ah : indecisive or can be doing something wrong
Underdaks or undees: underpants (usually male)
Uni : University
Up the creek without a paddle : someone that has got themself in a spot of trouble, or done something wrong with no way of undoing it, in a quandary
Up the gumtree : someone that got themself in a spot of trouble, in a quandary
someone got Up your nose: they've really upset you, irritated and annoyed you
Up yourself : full of yourself, stuck-up
Ute: utility vehicle (in the USA it's a pickup truck)

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Vegies : vegetables
Verbal diarrhoea : talking utter rubbish

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Waffle : talking nonsense, drivel
Wag school: skip school, truancy
Gone Walkabout : you've gone for a long walk, for an aboriginal it's a holiday away in the bush
Walkover : something is done easily or someone deceived easily
on the Wallaby track : to go from place to place in search of work
Wally : someone who keeps making mistakes
Wanker : a male person that is really stupid but they think they are the greatest
Waterhole : the hotel or pub
Weatherboard house: a type of old timber house with over-lapping boards
Wedding tackle : man's penis
the Wet : rainy season in northern Australia
Wharfie : dockworker
What's that!! : beg pardon, you didn't catch what someone was saying, and you want them to say it again.
Whinge: complain and carry on unnecessarily
Whip around : doing a collection, eg. collecting money for a gift for someone leaving work
White pointers : highway patrol OR females breasts when she is nude sunbaking on the beach
Who-ha : someone is making a fuss about something, usually about nothing important
Willy-willy or Whirly-wind: small dust twister, a spinning column of air usually picking up small particles and dust as it travels along (happens during Aussie summers when it's hot)
Willy-nilly : something kept in an untidy way
put the Wind up ya! : frighten someone OR to intimidate
Wing-ding : party or get together OR sometimes can mean an argument
Wobbly: excitable behaviour ("I complained about the food and the waiter threw a wobbly")
Woffle dust : if you are playing cards or dice and you're looking for bit of luck say you'll put a little Woffle dust on it, (theres no such thing and you don't actually put any dust on your cards or dice, it's just slang for luck.)
Wog: flu or trivial illness
Wonky : something is unstable or unsteady or shaky
Woomera : stick used by Aborigines to throw spears
Wowser: straight-laced person, killjoy, prude, puritan, spoilsport, old fashioned
Write off : it's not economical to fix the car after a crash (it's totalled)

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XXXX : pronounced Four X, brand of beer made in Queensland
X it out : cross it out or erase something

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Ya: you
Yabber : talk (a lot)
Yabbie : freshwater Australian crayfish
Yahoo : loudmouthed person who is usually out of control in some way
Yakka : work (noun) eg. hard Yakka
Yapping : talking non-stop
Yarn : a story that maybe true or it might not be, (that's for you to work out)
Ya tellin me! :you say this when someone has said something you agree with
see Yewse later: see you you all later, goodbye
Yewy: u-turn in traffic ("chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights")
Yobbo: an uncouth person, same as a yahoo but has no values at all, looks like a slob always

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catch some ZZZ's : go for a sleep
Zonked : really really tired
Zebra crossing : broad striped white paint lines across a road as a pedestrian crossing

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