Updated: Nov 2, 2021
Oi, you! There are many Australian slang words that you should learn if you move to or want to visit Australia. Australian English is a lot more than just an accent; in some cases, it varies significantly from American English or British English.
Australians are notorious for slang words that often leave foreigners confused. In my first six weeks in Australia, not a day went by when I didn’t learn a new word.
Definition: slang /slaŋ/ noun : a type of language consisting of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, are more common in speech than writing, and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people
Australian slang terms are a big, endearing part of their culture. I have also found that most Australian’s have a nickname of some sort and rarely go by their given name. If you’re interested in visiting Australia or learning about Australian culture, their slang is an excellent place to start.
Here is a list of Australian slang words and phrases I’ve come across, in the order that I’ve come across them. I know there are so many more, but I wanted to share the Australian lingo that stood out to me as an American ex-pat. Enjoy!
Long black - an americano
Rocket - arugula
Bloody - used to express anger, annoyance, or shock, or simply for emphasis
Brekky - breakfast
Melb - Melbourne
Esky - cooler
Stinker - A person who stinks or a hot day. Ex. the newscaster said, “prepare for a stinker.”
Journo - journalist
Heaps/stacks/loads - used to describe a large amount of something
Bogan - unsophisticated person regarded as being of low social status; a lazy person or stupid person
Bin chicken - a kind of Australian bird
Jab or Jabbed - injection. Ex. “Did you get your COVID jab?” “Yes, I got jabbed.”
Struth - an explanation “ah f*ck”
Pie - pot pie, usually filled with meat
Ranga - a person with red hair
Stubbie - a small glass of beer
No worries, mate, she'll be right - everything will turn out fine
Tinny - a can of beer or a boat
Pub - a bar/a public house - a place you can get bar food