67 Awesome Australian Slang Words

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!

Australian Slang

  1. Long black - an americano

  2. Rocket - arugula

  3. Bloody - used to express anger, annoyance, or shock, or simply for emphasis

  4. Brekky - breakfast

  5. Melb - Melbourne

  6. Esky - cooler

  7. Stinker - A person who stinks or a hot day. Ex. the newscaster said, “prepare for a stinker.”

  8. Journo - journalist

  9. Heaps/stacks/loads - used to describe a large amount of something

  10. Bogan - unsophisticated person regarded as being of low social status; a lazy person or stupid person

  11. Bin chicken - a kind of Australian bird

  12. Jab or Jabbed - injection. Ex. “Did you get your COVID jab?” “Yes, I got jabbed.”

  13. Struth - an explanation “ah f*ck”

  14. Pie - pot pie, usually filled with meat

  15. Ranga - a person with red hair

  16. Stubbie - a small glass of beer

  17. No worries, mate, she'll be right - everything will turn out fine

  18. Tinny - a can of beer or a boat

  19. Pub - a bar/a public house - a place you can get bar food