100 Australian words and sayings everyone should know

Australia Day on Bondi Beach. Photo: Brendon Thorne/ Getty Images.

Every language has its own slang and phrases you should master to sound like a true native speaker.

Australian English is no exception.

You may have heard “G’day mate”, “fair dinkum”, and “strewth!” before, but the dialect is much broader than that.

Try these next time you speak to an Aussie and you might convince them you’re “true blue”.

Arvo

Meaning: Afternoon

Bloody ripper

Meaning: Really awesome

Blind

Meaning:Highly intoxicated

Blowing the froth off a few

Meaning: Drinking alcohol

Bludger

Meaning: Someone who is lazy or doesn’t work

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Brickie

Meaning: A bricklayer

Bogan

Meaning: An uncouth or unsophisticated person

Bottle-O

Meaning: A liquor store

Brolly

Meaning: Umbrella

Buggered

Meaning: Exhausted

Can’t be arsed

Meaning: Can’t be bothered to do something

Cark it

Meaning: Die, stop functioning

Carrying on like a pork chop

Meaning: Someone acting silly or crazy

Chippy

Meaning: A carpenter

Chockers

Meaning: Full to the brim

Chuck a sickie

Meaning: Taking a day off work or school without necessarily being sick

Chuck a U-ey

Meaning: To make a U-turn in a vehicle

Chunder

Meaning: Vomit

Crikey

Meaning: An exclamation used to express mild surprise

Cracking the sh*ts

Meaning: Getting stroppy or angry

Crook

Meaning: Sick or ill

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Cut

Meaning: To be angry or upset

Dead horse

Meaning: Tomato sauce or ketchup

Deadset

Meaning: Absolute or definite

Defo/Defs

Meaning: Definitely

Devvo

Meaning: Devastated

Dogged it

Meaning: Didn’t show up

Dog’s breakfast

Meaning: A mess or a complicated situation

Drongo

Meaning: A stupid or incompetent person

Drop your guts

Meaning: To pass wind

Dry as a dead dingo’s donga

Meaning: To be thirsty, usually for alcohol

Dunny

Meaning: Toilet

Photo: Craig Lassig/AFP/Getty Images

Durry / dart

Meaning: Cigarette

Etch

Meaning: Suspicious or sketchy

Fair dinkum

Meaning: An exclamation to proclaim something as true or genuine

Fair shake of the sauce bottle / fair crack of the whip

Meaning: To give someone a fair go or chance

Festy

Meaning: Dirty or disgusting

Few roos loose in the top paddock

Meaning: Someone not very bright or slightly crazy

Fix you up

Meaning: Pay back money owed

Flanno

Meaning: A shirt made from flannelette

Flaming galah

Meaning: An insult used to describe a fool or an idiot

Flat chat

Meaning: Very busy

Footy

Meaning: Australian Football League (AFL), Rugby Union (Union) or Rugby League (NRL), but not football (see soccer).

Frothing

Meaning: Very keen

Furphy

Meaning: A rumour or story, that’s untrue or absurd

G’day

Meaning: Hi or hello

Garbo

Meaning: A garbage collector

Gone walkabout

Meaning: To go missing or head off without warning

Goon bag

Meaning: The silver pouch inside a cask wine box

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Goose

Meaning: A light-hearted insult to describe a foolish person

Hard yakka

Meaning: Hard work

Have a go, ya mug

Meaning: Used to encourage someone to attempt something, usually if they are unsure

A head like a dropped pie

Meaning: Describing someone who is unattractive

Hoooroo

Meaning: See you later/goodbye

Hungers

Meaning: Hungover

Ken Oath

Meaning: “F*****g oath”. A similar term to “dead set” or “fair dinkum”.

Knackered

Meaning: Tired

Sleeping off a few during the Darwin Beer Can Regatta at Mindil Beach in Darwin, Australia. Photo: Helen Orr/Getty Images

Loose cannon

Meaning: Someone who has no self control

Maccas

Meaning: McDonald’s

Mates rates

Meaning: Discounts

Nah, yeah

Meaning: Yes (“Yeah, nah” = no)

No wuckin’ furries

Meaning: A fun way to say “No f*****g worries.” Not a problem or you’re welcome

Not here to f**k spiders

Meaning: Let’s get the job done

Ocker

Nick Cummins (The Honeybadger) is an Australian rugby union footballer, and is as ocker as they come. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Meaning: Someone with a heavy Australian accent or mannerisms

On the cans

Meaning: Drinking alcohol

Pelican

Meaning: An insult similar to “goose”

Playing for sheep stations

Meaning: Used either seriously or ironically to describe something as a big deal, or make it not seem so important

Ridgey-didge

Meaning: Legitimate; the real deal

Sausage sizzle

Photo: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

Meaning: A sausage served in white bread with tomato sauce. Used as a fundraiser, especially at election polling booths (a “democracy sausage”).

Servo

Meaning: Service or petrol station

Shark biscuit

Meaning: Someone learning to surf

She’ll be right

Meaning: Everything will be fine

Shout

Meaning: To buy the next round of drinks

Shoey

Beautiful shoey, right there. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Meaning: Drinking alcohol from a shoe to celebrate a win

Smoko

Meaning: A quick break from work for a cigarette or snack

Sparky

Meaning: Someone employed as an electrician

Spit the dummy

Meaning: To throw a tantrum

Soccer

Meaning: Football with a round ball, such as the EPL.

Stoked

Meaning: Very happy

Straight to the pool room

Meaning: Used to describe something of high quality or to be proud of

Stubby

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Meaning: A can of beer

Stubby holder

Meaning: An insulated sleeve to keep a beer cold

Strewth

Meaning: Used to express surprise or dismay

Suss

Meaning: Suspicious

Suss it out

Meaning: To figure out a tricky or unknown situation

Taking the piss

Meaning: To make fun of someone or something in a light-hearted way

Tell him he’s dreamin’

Meaning: Used to describe someone with unrealistic expectations

The lot

Meaning: An Aussie burger containing meat, lettuce, egg, bacon, pineapple, cheese, beetroot and sauce

Tinnie

Meaning: A can of beer or a small aluminium boat with an outboard on the back

Thongs

Socks and thongs. A favourite cold-weather combination. Photo: Havaianas/Facebook

Meaning: Rubber flip flops

Tickets on yourself

Meaning: Used to describe someone with an inflated opinion of themselves

Top bloke

Meaning: A good guy

Tosser

Meaning: A jerk (and variation on “w**ker”).

Tracky dacks

As fancy as these may be, they’re still tracky dacks. Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Meaning: Sweat pants

Tradie

Meaning: A tradesperson

Truckie

Meaning: A truck driver

True blue

Meaning: Genuine; authentically Australian

Turps

Meaning: Alcohol

Up the duff

Meaning: Pregnant

Waazoo

Meaning: Bottom; but “up the waazoo” can mean “lots of something”

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