100 Most Common Australian Slang Words and Sayings



In 2013, selfie became Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year. Guess who invented it? That’s right: Australians.

It is not the first Australian slang word or saying to make it to the wider English vocabulary. Aussies are known for their unique creativity when it comes to tweaking and rejuvenating our language. They wear sunnies with their cozzies, while cooking a barbie in the arvo. Many of these words were coined by adding the suffix ‘-ie’ in the end (just like Aussie), but there are more rules. There’s no real reason why Aussies do this except maybe to save time, effort and to sound more friendly.

Here are 100 popular Australian slang words, terms and sayings to sound like a local during your next trip in Down Under.


01. Acca Dacca

AC/DC, the rock band. Why spell it out when you can say it?


02. Aggro (or Agro)

When you are mad at someone or something, you’re aggro—short for “aggravated”.


03. Ankle biter

A child. Basically a child who is so little they can only reach an adult's ankles.


04. Arvo

Afternoon. Aussies love hanging out in the arvo with a cold one.

05. Avo

Avocado. A fruit loved by most Aussies, some who even eat it with the Australian classic vegemite (a salty, distinct tasting spread). Here’s a fun new word, Avanavo = Have an avo.

06. Bail

To bail is to cancel plans. “He bailed on your birthday party last year too”.


07. Barbie

Barbeque. What is summer without one of these? Throw some snags (“sausages”) on the barbie.


08. Bikkie

Short for “biscuit”, a.k.a. cookies in the States. See “Choccy” for how to use it in a sentence.


09. Bloody oath

Meaning “yes”, “true”, “100%”, “most definitely”. Can be used as an affirmative response to virtually anything.


10. Bludger

Someone who is lazy. “Why do you keep skipping math class? You’re such a bludger”.


11. Bogan

A person who is considered unsophisticated or unrefined, commonly associated by Aussies with someone of low socio-economic status.


12. Bottle-o

A place where Aussies buy their alcohol, the local bottle shop.


13. Brekki

Breakfast. “Why not avanavo for brekki on some toast.”


14. Brolly

An umbrella. You don’t wanna forget your brolly when it's bucketing down rain outside.


15. Budgy Smugglers

Speedos, for men.


16. Cab sav

Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine, a personal fave slang of mine to use for a happy hour.


17. Choc-a-bloc (or Chock-a-block)

If a place is chock-a-block, it is full with either people or things, like cars in a parking lot.


18. Choccy

Chocolate. “Can I have a choccy bikkie?”

19. Chook

A chicken. Yes, the animal. Most often used when ordering dinner.


20. Chrissie

Christmas. Most kids can’t wait for Santa to drop them a Chrissie prezzie in December.

21. Chuck a sickie

Taking a sick day when, more often than not, you’re not actually sick (and often just hungover).


22. Ciggie

Cigarette. Also commonly called a durry.


23. Cold one

A beer. “Hey mate, pass me a cold one.”


24. Coppers

Policemen.


25. Cozzie

Swimming costume a.k.a. bathing suit a.k.a. bathers a.k.a. togs.


26. Crack the shits

To get pissed off or very angry at someone or something.


27. Crook

When you’re feeling crook, you’re either feeling unwell or angry. Crook comes from the old English verb for “bend” or “hook”, so basically when you’re feeling crook you’re feeling bent out of shape.


28. Defo

Definitely.


29. Devo

Devastated. “That’s defo a devo outcome, I’d crack the shits if that happened to me.”


30. Dropkick

A useless individual. Used as an insult.

31. Dunny

Toilet. “Oh, I’m just gonna use the dunny real quick”.


32. Durry

Another slang word for “cigarette”. “Hey mate, pass me a durry”.

33. Esky

Cooler. “Don’t forget to pack the esky for camping this weekend”. It derives from the word “Eskimo”.


34. Exy

Expensive. “That watch is a little exy for my budget”.


35. Facey

Facebook. “Just gonna check Facey and see whose birthdays are coming up”.


36. Fair dinkum

Excellent. “That’s fair dinkum”. The term comes from “a fair day's work’” with the word dinkum being added by workers on Australian goldfields—din kum comes from the translation of “true gold” in one of the Chinese dialects that was spoken there.

37. Flat out

Extremely busy. “I’m flat out at work today”.

38. Footy

Football. “Wanna come watch the footy at me this weekend?”


39. Fruit loop

Crazy person, lunatic. “Ah, he’s a bloody fruit loop!”. Derived from the Froot Loops, a breakfast cereal brand that is a mixture of crazy different colors.


40. G’day

Hello, hey, hi!


41. Gobsmacked

When you’re gobsmacked by something it means you are shocked it happened or surprised you saw what you did. For example, if you saw a dog walking on two legs, you can bet you’d be gobsmacked.


42. Good on ya

An Aussie slang phrase for “good work”, “well done”. “Good on ya, mate!”


43. Heaps

Really, very. ”That’s heaps good.”


44. Hooroo

“Goodbye” in Australian slang. Comes from the 1700s British word “hooray”.

45. Icy pole (or Ice block)

A popsicle. As a kid in Australia in the summer, this would be one of your favourite words!

46. Journo

Journalist. “Did you see what that Channel 7 journo said on the news last night?”


47. Kindie

Kindergarten. Usually for kids aged 0-5 years old.


48. Lappy

Laptop. I’m using my lappy to write this blog post now.


49. Larrikin

A person who is mischievous or unsophisticated, however has a good heart and is well liked. Often a jokester, likes to play pranks.

50. Lippy

Lipstick.



51. Lollies

Candies, sweets. Basically every Aussie child's favourite after school snack.

52. Maccas (or Macca’s)

McDonald’s. After a big night out, you’ll likely end up at the Macca’s drive-thru. Fun fact: 55% of Aussies refer to McDonald’s by its slang nickname, so much that the fast-food chain used it as its new brand name in Australia!


53. Milk bar

The local general store, deli or corner shop. They don’t just sell milk.

54. Mozzie

Mosquito.


55. Mushies

Mushrooms, yum. Who doesn’t love a good pizza with mushies?


56. Muso

Musician, singer, instrumentalist or sound engineer. If you’re in the music industry, you’re a muso.

57. No wuckas

No worries, no problem. Basically when it’s all good, it’s no wuckas.


58. Pash

A passionate, romantic kiss.


59. Piece of piss

When something is considered easy, it’s a piece of piss.


60. Pissed

The Australian slang term for “drunk” or “intoxicated”.

61. Preggas

Pregnant. “My wife is preggas again with our second kid”.


62. Prezzie

Present. Birthday prezzies, Chrissie prezzies, Aussies love their prezzies.

63. Reckon?

A short of “Do you reckon?”, an Australian slang equivalent for “Do you think?”. Commonly used in a sentence as “ya reckon?”. “Ya reckon we should eat there tonight?”. Can also be used as a sarcastic response to something obvious.


64. Rego

Registration. “Make sure you update your car rego for the next year.”


65. Relo

Relatives. “Gotta love holidays with the relos.”


66. Rock up

To show up somewhere, usually without notice or last minute.


67. Root

To have sex. Not the most romantic term, however.


68. Servo

For “service station”, meaning a gas station.

69. Sanga

Aussie slang for “sandwich”.

70. Sheila

A woman. Sheila initially was how Aussies would refer to Irish women, but eventually the name stuck as slang for women in general.


71. Snag

Sausage. Throw a few snags on the barbie and you’ll have happy guests.


72. Smoko

A cigarette/smoke break.


73. Sook

A crybaby. Someone who is easily upset or who complains about little things.


74. Spag bol

The Australian short for “spaghetti bolognese”.

75. Spewin’

Annoyed, not happy, angry. “Did you see the dent he hit in my car? I’m spewin’.”


76. Squiz

To take a squiz is to take a quick look at something. “Hey mate, take a squiz at this blog post”.


77. Stickybeak

An Australian slang term for a nosy or overly inquisitive person.


78. Stoked

Pleased. “I’m bloody stoked with those footy seats you got.”


79. Straya

Australia. Need I say more?


80. Stubby

A 375ml bottle of beer. The name derives from the fact that these “stubby” beers are short in comparison to their 750ml bottles cousins.


81. Sunnies

Sunglasses.


82. Sweet as

Cool, really good, awesome. “That concert was sweet as, bro”.


83. Thingo

A thing, a thingy, a thingamajig. Essentially, what you call something when you don’t know what it is.


84. Thongs

Sandals, flip-flops.


85. Tinny (or Tinnie)

A can of beer. Also, a small tin boat. However Aussies usually use this word when referring to the alcoholic beverage as it’s served in a small tin can.


86. Trackies (or Trackie daks)

Tracksuit pants.


87. Tradie

Short for “tradesman”, a skilled manual worker specialized in a particular craft that requires on-the-job training (electrician, carpenter, plumber, etc.).


88. Truckie

You guessed it: A truck driver.


89. True blue

A real Australian. “Ah Sheila, she’s a true blue with the way she drinks that stubby”.


90. Tryna

Trying to. “I’m really just tryna explain how Aussies speak.”

91. Tucker

Food. Comes from bush tucker which is food such as bugs from the outback.


92. Uey

A U-turn. “Chuck a uey” is commonly said when driving to make a u-turn.


93. Uggs

Ugg boots. For such a popular and comfy pair of shoes, the word Ugg actually comes from them being considered “ugly” by the wife of the very creator of the Ugg boots.


94. Undies

Underwear or panties. Also referred to as knickers.


95. Up yourself

A person who is up themselves is stuck up.

96. Veg out

To be lazy. “I’m just gonna veg out on the couch this arvo”.


97. Vego

Vegetarian.


98. Woop woop

Somewhere in the middle of “nowhere” or “very far away”. “Na, it’s in woop woop, can’t be bothered going that far”.


99. Wuss

A coward.


100. Yous

You, in plural form. “What are yous up to today?”


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Ready for a visit Down Under now? Ye, Ye, Na (No) or Na, Na, Ye (Yes)?


Dana Gilden, Content Coordinator at Wix

An Australian-Israeli who loves to write and bake (in the kitchen and on the beach), is a singer/songwriter and a coffee addict.





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