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Common Aussie Slang Words And Interesting Facts About Life In Australia

Updated on July 3, 2018
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G'day, I'm a true blue Aussie, and here are some of the most common everyday slang words you'll hear us Aussies popping into the conversation! We regularly substitute English words for slang, so even if you speak English you may be confused or amused at the sentences we put together.

We actually use a lot more slang than these words in our everyday conversations, because we use slang if we want to shorten a sentence! It's not that we don't like a good chin wag (conversation), Aussies are typically friendly, but we keep our language mostly informal and our conversations to the point. For example, we shorten words when when we describe someones profession, and generally no one takes any offence to this. A brick layer becomes a "Brickie" just like a truck driver is a "Truckie“ and the postman is our “Postie”. We do tricky things with our mates names to shorten them too - our friend Dave becomes Dave-O and Robert becomes Robbo, but Ben becomes Benny and Michelle becomes Shelly! You’ll just pick it up after a while!

You’ll notice below, some of our slang words have two meanings, depending on the tone of your voice, For example, if you say the words "Far out!" it can mean something is fantastic, or it can mean you think something is really bad and disappointing! It's the same deal with the word "Crikey!".

I hope you enjoy learning some of the most common Australian Slang words.

Common Aussie Slang Words:

  • G'day! - Hi!
  • Hooroo - Bye!
  • Ta - Thanks!
  • Dunny - Toilet.
  • Dunno - I don't know...
  • Yeah nah - No
  • Nah yeah - Yes
  • Yeah nah for sure - Definitely!
  • Bucks - Dollars
  • Mate - Can be anyone you know (instead of using their name)
  • It’s sweet - Everything is alright
  • Sheila - Unrefined Australian female
  • Okker - Unrefined Australian male
  • Boogie - Snot
  • Chick or Chickie babe - Cute Aussie lady.
  • Bloke - Aussie male
  • True Blue - Totally Australian
  • Aussie - From Australia
  • Straya - Australia
  • Sanga - A sandwich
  • Buggalugs / Possum - Friendly endearment
  • Barbie - Barbeque (BBQ)
  • Snags - Sausages.
  • Abso bloody lutely - Absolutely
  • Ripper - Fantastic!
  • Barney - An argument
  • Agro - Angry
  • Fishy - Suspicious
  • Betcha - I bet you
  • Bludger - Lazy person
  • Dole bludger - Lazy and unemployed
  • Peckish - Hungry
  • Tank top - Singlet
  • Bananas - Going crazy
  • Berko - Going crazy
  • Crickey! / Blimey! - Surprised (good or bad)
  • Struth! - Shocked!
  • Thongs - Flip-flop shoes
  • Undies - Underwear
  • Grundys - Underwear
  • Daks - Pants
  • Nicky nocks - Knickers
  • Over shoulder boulder holder - Bra
  • Swimmies, togs - Swimwear
  • Budgies - Men’s swimmer bottoms
  • Sanger - Sandwich
  • O.J - Juice
  • Cactus - Broken
  • Kaput - Broken
  • Cheezed off - Annoyed
  • Far out - Great! or that's bad!
  • Fair dinkum - It's true - or is it true?
  • Waffle - talking nonsense
  • Chockie - Chocolate
  • I'm chockers! - I'm full (I can't eat another thing!)
  • Choof off - Leave
  • A fizzer - It didn’t work as planned
  • Tucker - A meal
  • Bottle O - Alcohol shop
  • Watering hole - Pub
  • Yobbo - Nerd, uncouth person
  • Daggy - Out of fashion
  • Durry - Cigarette
  • Hard yakka - Hard work
  • Earbash - Someone pestering you.
  • Egg on- To encourage someone
  • Fanny - A woman’s private parts
  • Fancy pants - Describing something fancy
  • Cake hole - Mouth
  • Get nicked - Go away!
  • Rack off - Go away!
  • Bugger off - Go away!
  • Bugger me - Shocked.
  • Dodgy - suspicious
  • Footy - National Rugby League
  • Soccer - Football (With the round ball).
  • Goon - Wine from a cask.
  • Bull dust - A lie
  • Ratbag - Untrustworthy person
  • Iffy - Suspicious
  • Cark It - Die
  • Veg out - Relax
  • Oldies - Parents
  • Relies - Relatives
  • Quids - Money
  • Zonked iut - Exhausted
  • No worries - That's okay!
  • No prob - Not a problem

Did you know?

  • In almost all states of Australia it is illegal to keep a Kangaroo as a pet, but legal to shoot them.
  • In all states it is legal to eat Kangaroo (though not everyone feels comfortable about that). It’s sold in most grocery stores.
  • Kangaroo meat is red meat, usually cooked like a steak, or in a stew or stir fry. It is lean meat, therefore seen as a healthy meat choice.
  • Koalas sure look cute and cuddly but they have very sharp claws and many suffer from a form of Syphilis.
  • Even in suberbia, Australians have a few dangerous animal species in their house, car and yards from time to time. Usually things like the Red Belly Black Snake, Brown Snakes, the Funnelweb spider and the Redback spider. All of which can be deadly if anti-vemon isn't administered quickly. Of course there’s sharks at our favourite beaches, wild fox and dingos in our national parks. And at home, our spiders are something we get used to (Except for the Funneweb) If they can't find a way to come inside, these creatures of all shapes and sizes, make a home in shoes, on steps and even in the washing!
  • Huntsman spiders, which grow to almost the size of your hand, do come inside. Not just to sit on the walls of your lounge room and bedroom, but also in your car. While harmless, they give you a nasty fright just from their size, their hairay legs and the way they scuttl so quickly up the walls. It’s the worst if they pop up while you are driving!
  • Particularly in summer meals are eaten outside and prepared outside on the BBQ. It is usually the mans job to cook the food on the BBQ. Woman usually prepare a salad as a side dish.
  • When you do have a BBQ you will probably need some insect repellent for yourself because of the flies and mosquitoes! If it's lunch time you'll need 30+ Sunscreen and a hat too!
  • In Australia bablies wear nappies, not diapers and are given dummies not pacifiers. We push our babies in a pram. We buy a second pram for jogging.
  • Our spelling can be a little different to others who speak the same Englis. A mother is mum, not mom. We write colour not color.

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    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Jodah and seasons greetings!

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You did a good job with this hub stricktlydating. It is a very enjoyable and humorous read (even for a fellow Aussie). Very helpful for our foreign friends. Well done.

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      2 years ago from Australia

      That's fantastic! Good luck with the success of your book!

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      Makayla 

      2 years ago

      Just started a book and the male love interest is Australian. This article helped loads! Thank you! Love, a grateful American.

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      4 years ago from Australia

      G'day Chely! Thanks for asking your question here, but that statement would mean "I teach a top girl" so probably doesn't fit with what you want to say. It's a sweet idea to make your son's teacher a shirt but probably not best to refer to a teacher as a sheila as it can be seen to be offensive! Let me know if you have any other suggestions and best wishes!

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      chely413 

      4 years ago

      !!! Please Help !!! I recently saw a shirt rhat said "Me mum's a top sheila" and I want to do something like that for my sons teacher so how would I write "me teach a top sheila" ??

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      ElaineLove 

      5 years ago

      Love the Aussie Language,very interesting!

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      bryanbaldwin 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I spent a month down under in January, love the place.

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      6 years ago from Australia

      G'day Migrant, we say "Cheap and nasty" instead.

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      migrant 

      6 years ago

      What's the Australian saying for "Cheap and Cheerful" as in U.K or "Cheap and Best"?

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      6 years ago from Australia

      That's true! I would have said the same thing too!

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      Dee 

      6 years ago

      One time my friend said Aussie friend said she was going to post something, and I waited and waited to see what she needed to say. Well she waited and waited too, because that meant she wanted my address so she could mail me something. LOL

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      7 years ago from Australia

      G'day EuroCafeAuLait! yep, it's great to dig into some tucker after a long flight! And we'd never discuss rooting out in public! Ha ha! I enjoyed reading your comment, thanks!

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      Anastasia Kingsley 

      7 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      G'day, mate! I was in Oz a few years back, and was offered "tucker" after my long flight (huh?). Then the man at the store changed color when I said "I needed a plug" for my electrical appliances. We watched the soccer match and I innocently asked which team we were rooting for. And that was all on my first day!

      On the second day I heard that a telephone is "eu de cologne" and that someone was "butcher's" (feeling sick) and that there were "pro's" walking around in the bad part of town. Thanks for reminding me. Fair Dinkum.

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      7 years ago from Australia

      G'day and thanks for your comments! Diamond Shatter, that's far out! Best wishes with your book.

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      Diamond Shatter 

      7 years ago

      Wow, this was a great help. I'm trying to write a book and one the the main characters is a girl from Australia, so I have been looking up slang for her to use to make it seem more authentic. Thanks for posting this, it was a great help! Hoo roo!

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      funmontrealgirl 

      7 years ago from Montreal

      Waaaahhh. What a great read.

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      Phoebe Pike 

      7 years ago

      I love "Ripper". I think I might start using that at work.

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      7 years ago from Australia

      G'day Bronson_Hub, thanks for the compliment!

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      Bronson_Hub 

      7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Where has this list been my whole life? Thank you! Love it!

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Thankyou for your comments!

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      Right On Time 

      7 years ago from Australia

      It's so natural for us Aussies to use these words, you forget that others perhaps don't understand the beauty of the Aussie slang vocabulary!

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      Huacanacha 

      7 years ago

      Nice list. Apparently, you can add "sunnies" as well... I had some sideways looks from my colleagues (here at Hubpages :) in the US when I used the term today!

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      jerseys4kids.com 

      7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Great hub ,

      I liked it so much , I had a Henry the 3rd in my Reg Gundy's !

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      Sondra_Roberts 

      7 years ago

      Hoping to visit Australia next year, Lol now I will understand the natives

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      hehe that's funny! Best wishes!

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      TylerCapp 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Great hub! My boss is an Aussie so I have plenty of application for this. Also, I didn't realize she was rubbing off on me! I've started using "no worries" etc.

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      G'day, Thanks for your comments!

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      beth811 

      8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      Nice to know slang words in your country. Thanks for sharing.

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      saltymick 

      8 years ago

      You Austrians sure talk funny

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      Kerry43 

      8 years ago

      Hi LOL...I just wrote a few of these myself. I did forget about the "rack off" though. I haven't heard that one in yonks!

      Have a happy day:)

      Kez

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for your comment thiisoli, I emagine there would be difficulties understanding eachothers accents at times too!

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      thisisoli 

      8 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      I used to date an Aussie girl we had a few misunderstandings on both sides between Yorkshire and Aussie sayings!

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Hi Cathi, thanks for your comment - yes "Good on you" or "good on ya" is a common Aussie phrase too! And YUP! We all drive on the other side of the road!

      Best wishes!

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      Cathi Sutton 

      8 years ago

      I loved this! I once worked with a girl from Australia, and the first time she said, "Good on you", I didn't have a clue. She was great, and a blast to work with. But I didn't like to ride with her while she was driving. She constantly went for the wrong side of the road!

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Garcilazoand!

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      garcilazoand 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hahah. I loved reading this.

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      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      No Worries, Grest Hub!

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for your comment Part-time Writer - Yep, Paul Hogan is an Aussie (Living in the USA since he married his Co-Star from the Crocodile Dundee movie!). Best wishes!

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      Part-time Writer 

      8 years ago from Way Up North (USA)

      Your list reminded me of an old movie that I watched and enjoyed a long time ago, "Crocodile Dundee (1986)". Paul Hogan was the star of the movie, ever hear of him? I always thought that he was Aussie, but I'm not sure. Hoo Roo for now.

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks akirchner & SweetiePie, great to hear from you!

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      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Love Aussie speak, and one day I hope to visit Australia!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I have a half brother who lives in Australia and he has tried to teach me Aussie - too hilarious! Love language so I enjoy seeing what means what - great info.

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Caroline muscle! Glad you enjoyed it! And bonny2010 great to see another Aussie here at Hubpages! Best wishes!

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      bonetta hartig 

      8 years ago from outback queensland

      that was great - i enjoyed reading that - made me feel aussie all over again/

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Crickey, that's a great post!!

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks MarygrauSheila!

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks ehern33, it's interesting that you know of some of our slang words!

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      ehern33 

      8 years ago

      Some of these are common to this American, maybe from hearing them opver the years. Some make perfect sense to me too. The only thing I am not good saying them with the accent, I am terrible at that. LOL

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      MarygrauSheila 

      8 years ago

      Interesting especially Ocker.Would like to hear more

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      G'day diogenes, thanks for your message! Yes we still use dinkey-die and ridgy-didge! And thisarvo is this afternoon! Well done! But my sandwich is a Sanga!

      Thanks again and Happy Australia Day!

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      diogenes 

      8 years ago

      Well, dinkey-die, mate, or is that ridgy-didge now or gone forever?

      My Aussie slang is 20 years out of date. In my time sandwich was sani, and this afternoon was thisavo...

      And I was frequently a bloody whinging Pom!! Bob

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      G'Day Nick B,

      Thanks for your comments, I'm glad you found some similarities with the slang words in my Hub! That's great!

      And it's Australia Day Today - So Happy Australia day to you in Dorset from Sydney Australia!

    • stricktlydating profile imageAUTHOR

      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      G'day HmrJmr1, Thanks for your comment, it gave me a good giggle! Best wishes!

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      Nick B 

      8 years ago from Normandy, France

      Well surprise, surprise. Most of your slang words are just the same as ours! Not surprising really I s'pose.

      I mean I'm a bloke, me bird's a chick and I'd be hacked-off if I were a brickie instead of a computer nerd. I wouldn't wear thongs as over here, they're girly undies (and not an awful lot of them at that). A quid's a pound, me rellies are miles away and our barbie's out in the rain.

      Nice to know that we may be half a world apart, but speak the same lingo - dodgy as it may be :)

      Well, I suppose I should get on and try conversing with MY locals and being from Dorset, they speak really weird...

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      Hmrjmr1 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      SD _ I had to learn proper English Slang when I married a Girl from England (The Fairest in the land I might add) so a transition to Aussie is a bit easier but you do have a few you won't hear in Norwich! When I come visit I'll have to print this one out..Cheers!!

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