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Aerial pingpong Australian Rules football
Amber fluid beer
Ankle biter small child
Antipodes places on exactly opposite sides of the earth
Apples, she'll be It'll be alright
Arvo afternoon
Aussie (pron. Ozzie) Australian
Aussie salute brushing away flies with the hand
Avos avocados
Back of Bourke a very long way away
Bail out depart, usually angrily
Bail (somebody) up to corner somebody physically
Barbie barbecue
Banana bender a person from Queensland
Barrack to cheer on (football team etc.)
Battler someone working hard and only just making a living
Beaut, beauty great, fantastic
Big-note oneself brag, boast
Bikkie biscuit (also "it cost big bikkies" - it was expensive)
Billabong an ox-bow river or watering hole
Billy large tin can used to boil water over a campfire for tea
Bities biting insects
Bitzer mongrel dog (bits of this and bits of that)
Bizzo business ("mind your own bizzo")
Black Stump, beyond the a long way away, the back of nowhere
Bloke man, guy
Bloody very (bloody hard yakka)
Bloody oath! that's certainly true
Blow in the bag have a breathalyzer test
Blowie blow fly
Bludger lazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on other people to do things or lend him things
Blue fight ("he was having a blue with his wife")
Blue, make a make a mistake
Bluey pack, equipment, traffic ticket, redhead
Bluey blue cattle dog (named after its subtle markings) which is an excellent working dog.
Bodgy of inferior quality
Bonzer great, ripper
Boomer a large male kangaroo
Booze bus police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers
Boozer a pub
Bottle shop liquor shop
Bourke Street, he doesn't know Christmas from he's a bit slow in the head. (Bourke Street is a brightly lit Melbourne street)
Brass razoo, he hasn't got a he's very poor
Brekkie breakfast
Brizzie Brisbane, state capital of Queensland
Brown-eyed mullet a turd in the sea (where you're swimming!)
Brumby a wild horse
Buckley's, Buckley's chance no chance
Brick shit house, built like a big strong bloke
Buck's night stag party, male gathering the night before the wedding
Bull bar stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos
Bundy brand of rum made in Bundaberg, Queensland
Bunyip mythical outback creature
Bush the hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in town
Bushie someone who lives in the Bush
Bushranger highwayman, outlaw
B.Y.O. unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own grog, also similar party or barbecue
Cark it to die, cease functioning
Choke a darkie defecate
Chokkie chocolate
Chook a chicken
Chrissie Christmas
Christmas see Bourke Street
Chuck a sickie take the day off sick from work when you're perfectly healthy
Chunder vomit
Clayton's fake, substitute
Click kilometer - "it's 10 clicks away"
Cobber friend
Cockie farmer. Also a cockatoo
Cockroach a person from New South Wales
Coldie a beer
Come a gutser make a bad mistake, have an accident
Compo Workers' Compensation pay
Cooee, not within figuratively a long way away, far off
Corroboree an aboriginal dance festival
Counter lunch pub lunch
Cozzie swimming costume
Cranky in a bad mood, angry
Crook sick, or badly made
Crow eater a person from South Australia
Cut lunch sandwiches
Cut snake, mad as a very angry
Dag a funny person, nerd, goof
Daks trousers
Damper bread made from flour and water
Deadset true, the truth
Dero tramp, hobo, homeless person (from "derelict")
Digger a soldier
Dill an idiot
Dinkum, fair dinkum true, real, genuine ("I'm a dinkum Aussie")
Dinky-di the real thing, genuine
Dob (somebody) in inform on somebody.
Docket a bill, receipt
Doco documentary
Dog unattractive woman
Dole bludger Somebody on social assistance when unjustified
Donger penis
Doodle penis
Doozey something very pleasant
Down Under Australia and New Zealand
Drink with the flies to drink alone
Drongo a dope, stupid person
Drum information, tip-off ("I'll give you the drum")
Duffer, cattle rustler
Dummy, spit the get very upset at something
Dunny outside lavatory
Durry cigarette
Earbashing nagging, non-stop chatter
Esky large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.
Exy expensive
Fair dinkum True, genuine
Fair go a chance ("give a bloke a fair go")
Flake shark's flesh (sold in fish chips shops)
Footy Australian Rules football
Fossicking searching, rummaging ("fossicking through the kitchen drawers")
Freckle anus
Fruit loop fool
Full drunk
Galah fool, named after the bird of the same name which flies south in the winter - a dumb-ass thing to do in the Southern Hemisphere
Garbo, garbologist municipal garbage collector
G'Day hello!
Give it a burl try it, have a go
Good oil useful information, a good idea, the truth
Good on you good for you, well done
Greenie environmentalist
Grog liquor, beer ("bring your own grog, you bludger")
Grouse (adj.) great, terrific, very good
Hoon hooligan
Hooroo goodbye
Hotel often just a pub
Hottie hot water bottle
Icy pole popsicle, lollypop
Jackaroo a male station hand (a station is a big farm/grazing property)
Jillaroo a female station hand
Joey baby kangaroo
Journo journalist
Jumbuck sheep
Kelpie Australian sheepdog originally bred from Scottish collie
Kero kerosene
Kindie kindergarten
Knock to criticise
Knock back refusal (noun), refuse (transitive verb)
Knocker somebody who criticises
Larrikin one who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster
Lippy lipstick
Liquid laugh vomit
Lob, lob in drop in to see someone ("the rellies have lobbed")
Lollies sweets, candy
London to a brick absolute certainty ("it's London to a brick that taxes won't go down")
Loo toilet
Lucky Country, The Australia, (Were you execting New Zeland??)
Lurk illegal or underhanded racket
Mate buddy, friend
Mate's rate, mate's discount cheaper than usual for a "friend"
Metho methylated spirits
Mexican a person from south of the (Queensland) border
Mickey Mouse excellent, very good
Middy 285 ml beer glass in New South Wales
Milk bar corner shop that sells takeaway food
Milko milkman
Mob group of people, not necessarily troublesome
Mob family or herd of kangaroos
Mongrel despicable person
Mozzie mosquito
Muddy mud crab (a great delicacy)
Mug friendly insult ("have a go, yer mug"), gullible person
Mull grass (the kind you smoke)
Mull up roll a joint and smoke it
Naughty, have a have sex
Never Never the Outback, centre of Australia
Nipper young surf lifesaver
No-hoper somebody who'll never do well
Not the full quid not bright intellectually
Nuddy, in the naked
Ocker an unsophisticated person
Offsider an assistant, helper
Oldies parents - "I'll have to ask my oldies"
O.S. overseas ("he's gone O.S.")
Outback interior of Australia
Oz Australia!
Pash passion, infatuation
Pav Pavlova - a rich, creamy Australian dessert
Perve (noun verb) looking lustfully at the opposite sex
Piece of piss easy task
Pig's arse! I don't agree with you
Piker Someone who doesn't want to fit in with others socially, leaves parties early
Piss beer. Hence "hit the piss", "sink some piss"
Plonk cheap wine
Pokies poker machines, fruit machines
Polly politician
Pom, pommy an Englishman
Pommy bastard an Englishman
Port suitcase
Postie postman, mailman
Pot 285 ml beer glass in Queensland
Pozzy position - get a good pozzy at the football stadium
Prezzy present, gift
Quid, make a earn a living - "are you making a quid?"
Quid, not the full of low IQ
Rage party
Rage on to continue partying - "we raged on until 3am"
Rapt pleased, delighted
Reckon! you bet! Absolutely!
Rego vehicle registration
Rellie family relative
Ridgy-didge original, genuine
Right okay ("she'll be right, mate")
Ripper great, fantastic
Road train big truck with many trailers
Roo kangaroo
Root (verb and noun) synonym for fuck in nearly all its senses "I feel rooted"; "this washing machine is rooted"
Ropeable very angry
Rotten drunk ("I went out last night and got rotten")
Rubbish to criticize
Salvos, the Salvation Army
Salute, Aussie brushing flies away
Sandgroper a person from Western Australia
Sanger a sandwich
Schooner large beer glass
Scratchy instant lottery ticket
Servo petrol station
Shark biscuit somebody new to surfing
Sheila a woman
She'll be right it'll turn out okay
Shonky dubious, underhanded. E.g. a shonky practice, shonky business etc.
Shoot through to leave
Shout turn to buy - a round of drinks usually ("it's your shout")
Sickie day off sick from work (chuck a sickie=take the day off sick from work when you're perfectly healthy!)
Skite boast, brag
Slab a carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer
Sleepout house verandah converted to a bedroom
Smoko smoke or coffee break
Sook person or animal who is soft, tame, inoffensive. Hence sooky (adj.)
Snag a sausage
Spag bol spaghetti bolognese
Spit the dummy get very upset at something
Sprung caught doing something wrong
Spunk a good looking person (of either sex)
Station a big farm/grazing property
Stickybeak nosy person
Stuffed, I'll be expression of surprise
Stuffed, I feel I'm tired
Strewth exclamation, mild oath ("Strewth, that Chris is a bonzer bloke")
Strides trousers
Strine Australian slang and pronunciation
Stubby a beer bottle
Stubby holder polystyrene insulated holder for a stubby
Sunbake sunbathe
Sunnies sunglasses
Surfies people who go surfing - usually more often than they go to work!
Swaggie swagman
Swagman tramp, hobo
Tall poppies successful people
Taswegian a person from Tasmania
Technicolor yawn vomit
Tee-up to set up an appointment
Thingo Wadjamacallit, thingummy, whatsit
Thongs cheap rubber backless sandals
Tickets, to have on oneself to have a high opinion of oneself
Tinny can of beer, small aluminium boat
Togs swim suit
Too right! definitely!
Top End far north of Australia
Truckie truck driver
True blue patriotic
Tucker food
Tucker-bag food bag
Turps turpentine, alcoholic drink
Turps, hit the go on a drinking binge
Two up gambling game played by spinning two coins simultaneously
Uni university
Unit flat, apartment
Up oneself have a high opinion of oneself - "he's really up himself"
Ute utility vehicle
Veg out relax in front of the TV (Couch Potato)
Vedgies vegetables
Vejjo vegetarian
Vee dub Volkswagen
Waggin' school playing truant
Walkabout, it's gone it's lost, can't be found
Whinge complain
White pointers topless (female) sunbathers
Wobbly excitable behaviour ("I complained about the food and the waiter threw a wobbly")
Wog flu or trivial illness
Wombat somebody who eats, roots and leaves (see also root)
Woop Woop invented name for any small unimportant town - "he lives in Woop Woop"
Wowser straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport
XXXX (pron. Four X) brand of beer made in Queensland
Yabber talk (a lot)
Yakka work (noun)
Yewy u-turn in traffic ("chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights")
Yobbo an uncouth person
Youse you
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