Facebook Twitter

Australian slang

Its called Strine Australian slang. And if you say the word strine just right, you can hear it as a short, slangish word for Australian.

Here are a number of strine words and phrases used by the Aussies. They are grouped by association and use, rather than a strict alphabetical listing.

Angry, ill, upset and tired

Aggro aggravation, bother

Crook ill, sick; can also mean angry

Jack of fed up with or having become sick of something or someone

Mad as a cut snake very upset, angry

Make a blue to have a fight, or to make a mistake

Nackered, knackered extremely tired or exhausted

Spit the dummy a dummy is a babys pacifier, so the phrase means to become angry and obstinate

Wobbly throwing a tantrum, becoming agitated or coming unglued.

Example: I wrecked the car, and my oldies threw a wobbly.

Zonked out of it, totally exhausted, really tired

Animal kingdom

Billabong watering hole

Blowie a blow fly

Bluey a blue heeler, a popular breed of cattle dog in Australia

Boomer a large male kangeroo

Brumby wild horse

Chook chicken, hen, rooster

Jumbuck sheep

Mozzie mosquito

Roo kangaroo

Boastin and braggin

Big-note to boast or brag

Example: He likes to big-note himself.

Skite—to boast or brag

Tickets on oneself to boast or brag

Example: Hes got tickets on himself.

Dead on

Cactus dead, not functioning

Example: The engine is cactus.

Carked, cark to cease functioning, to die

Example: The engine is carked.

Dress for success

Dacks, daks, strides pants, trousers

Sunnies sunglasses

Underdaks underpants


Bobs your uncle both an expression of agreement as well as an expression of doubt

Cooee a greeting call to someone at a distance in the bush; also used figuratively as meaning far off or a long way off

Flat out like a lizard drinking extremely busy

G-day, gidday hello, a friendly welcome

Good onya, good on ya, mate good for you, well done, Im pleased with what is being done

Happy as Larry extremely pleased and overjoyed, happy-go-lucky

Half your luck congratulations and best wishes, sometimes expressed in an envious way

Hooroo goodbye, see you later

I feel stuffed Im very tired

Ill be stuffed an expression of surprise and wonderment

Reckon the word is commonly used for think

Also, I reckon as a reply to a question is a strong, affirmative response, such as absolutely

Ta thanks

Too right definitely


Bludger a lazy person

Dill, drongo an idiot

Galah a loud, rude, inconsiderate person, named after a bird that flies south in the winter

Hoon a hooligan, one with limited intelligence who shows off

Larrikin a prankster, a mischievous youngster enjoying himself

No-hoper one who has no hope, one who isnt expected to do well

Yahoo loudmouth male often out of control

Yobbo uncouth, loutish, surly youth; same as a yahoo but without any values

Youre a mug a friendly way to say youre a fool or youre gullible.

Go away!

Nick off

Give it the flick

Rack off

Shoot off

Shoot through

Location, location, location

Bush the hinterland, the country, the outback

Phrases: In the bush (in the country), go bush (to leave the city)

Back o beyond in the outback or in a deserted, remote area

Similar phrases: Back o bourke, beyond the black stump

Gone out to the never-never gone to the outback, to the bush or off the beaten track

Woop Woop a fictitious name for any small, unimportant town or area a long way from civilization

Money and cost

Bikkie, bickie dollar

Example: It cost big bikkies. (Its expensive.)

Mates rate, mates discount a cheaper price for a friend

Quid money

Zack term for a sixpence, now five cents, denotes worthlessness

Examples: It isnt worth a zack; he hasnt got a zack.

Movin out

Road train a semi-truck with many trailers

Servo a gas or service station

Ute a utility truck, a pickup truck

Waltzing matilda to wander or travel by foot, often aimlessly, with belongings in a backpack or swag

Walkabout an extended walk taken by Aborigines in the outback for spiritual enlightenment, denotes wandering or taking a long walk


Ankle biter young child

Bloke a man, a fellow

Bluey nickname often used for someone with red head

Cobber friend, mate

Mate friend

Mob a crowd or group of people; not necessarily unruly or disorderly

Ocker unsophisticated, uncultured, uncultivated and uncouth Australian working man

Oldies parents

Rellie a family member or relative

Sheila a woman

Youse plural form of you, often used in humor

Example: See youse later.

Positive expressions



Example: Shell be apples. (Everything will be OK.)

Beaut, beauty, bewdy



Example: Shes a grouse shiela. (Shes a terrific woman.)

Right, righto

Example: Shell be right, mate. (Itll turn out fine).



School days

Kindy, kindi kindergarten

Uni university

Wag, waggin school truancy, skipping school

Short on brains expressions of intellectual inadequacy

Hes a sausage short on the barbecue.

Hes a snag short of a barbie.

Hes got kangaroos loose in the top paddock.

Hes not the full quid.

Talk is cheap

Bizzo ones business

Example: Mind your own bizzo.

Bush telegraph the local gossip chain

Chinwag a chat or a conversation

Earbashing talking incessantly

Earbasher one who talks incessantly

Knock to criticize

Knocker someone who criticizes

Stickybeak One who is nosey, who pries or snoops

Yack to chat or to gossip

Yacking, having a yack talking a lot

Truth and mistruths

Claytons a fake, an imitation, a substitute

Dead-set certain, true, the true

Dinkum, fair dinkum true, real, genuine

Dinki-di true, real, genuine, particularly something good from Australia

Good oil the truth or a good idea

Example: Shes putting the good oil on it. (Shes telling the truth.)

Iffy suspicious, risky, doubtful

Illywhacker one who preys on the gullible, such as a con man at fairs and shows; also the term for a stick used to spank children

Lurk illegal or underhanded

Phrase: On a good lurk on to a good thing or job

Ridgie didge true, real, genuine, original

Shonky suspicious, questionable deal

Example: A shonky business

Suss suspect, dubious, not quite right

Suss it out to check out, prove or probe something

Try, try again

Fair go, fair-go to give a chance

Fair suck of the sav providing an equal opportunity or change (Sav is a savaloy, a type of sausage)

Its a go, its a goer, this is the go Something likely to happen or something made to happen

Working for a living

Battler one working hard to earn a living

Digger Australian solder, especially (but not limited to) a World War I veteran

Garbo, garbologist garbage collector

Jackaroo, Jillaroo a new male or female hand at a cattle station (a big farm or grazing property)

Journo journalist

Make a quid earn a living

Polly, pollie politician

Postie postman

Quid money

Sickie, taking a sickie taking time off work, a sick day from work

Smoko taking a break from work, a smoking or coffee break or having something to eat or drink, a break to indulge in chit-chat

Yakka hard work


Aerial ping poing Australian Rules Football

Arvo afternoon

Aussie salute brushing away flies with the hand

Chrissie Christmas

Corroboree Aboriginal festive dance

Fossicking rummaging, hunting, searching

Lippy lipstick

Loo toilet

Pash, pashing being passionate or a long, passionate kiss

Possie position, spot

Prezzy present, gift

Oz Australia or Australian

Shout to take a turn, particularly to buy or pay for something, such as a round of drinks

Squizz to look

Strine Australian slang and its pronunciation; also a lot of Aussie lingo spoken at once

Swag a bedroll or bundle of belongings carried across the shoulders

Swagman a tramp, hobo, itinerant worker

Tee up to arrange, organize, set up

Willy willy a whirlwind, a dust devil

Yonks a long period of time, seemingly ages

Example: Ive worked here for yonks