67 Awesome Australian Slang Words

Updated: Apr 25



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

  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 bottle 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

  20. Piss - means alcohol - I’m drunk “get on the piss” - let’s go out drinking “pissing rain” take the piss out of someone - mocking them, heavy rain

  21. Bashed - beaten up

  22. Crikey - use to express amazement or surprise

  23. Blokes and sheilas - men and women

  24. Munted - hungover

  25. Throw a shrimp on the barbie - probably cook some prawn on the barbeque

  26. Yobbo - a bit of a troublemaker

  27. Having a slap - a bet

  28. Having a poke - a poker machine

  29. Pash - making out

  30. Prawns - shrimp

  31. Reckon - to assume or think

  32. Tits on a bull — something that is useless

  33. Good onya - good for you (in a genuine way)

  34. Mate - friend, buddy ex. “Hey, mate. Want to catch the game later?

  35. Yank - American

  36. Acca Dacca - ACDC

  37. Mintox - marvelous or mint

  38. Uggies - sheepskin boots or shoes

  39. Chucking a wobbly - tantrum

  40. To be cactus - to be dead

  41. True blue - the real thing

  42. Booze bus - A sobriety checkpoint

  43. Garbo - garbage man

  44. Bum bag - fanny pack

  45. “How you going?” - how are you

  46. To rock up - show up or arrive somewhere. Ex. I’ll rock up to my mom’s house on the 4th.

  47. Goon bag— wine bag

  48. Lollies - candy

  49. Pleb - an average joe or a disadvantaged person

  50. Cruisy - relaxed or easy-going

  51. Ocker - Australian (pronounced aucca)

  52. Oz - Australia

  53. Trackies- sweats

  54. G’day - hello

  55. Arvo - afternoon

  56. Cobber - another version of mate, as in g’day cobber

  57. Yous - plural of you

  58. Footy - an Australian football game

  59. Tacker - child, pronounced “Taka”

  60. Rack off - F*ck off

  61. Ankle bitter - child

  62. Tomato sauce - ketchup

  63. Bottle shop - liquor store

  64. Stubbie holder - beer koozie

  65. Mozzie - mosquito

  66. Roo - kangaroo

  67. Woop woop - meaning a far distance from anything


Good onya, mate! You got to the bottom of my list. Aussie slang is nothing short of colorful. Most of the time, I’m giggling when I learn a new word.


Also, Aussies curse a lot. I think that’s a big part of their lifestyle. Australian slang insults are some of the most entertaining; I left out quite a few words for fear of Google flagging my website as 18+.


And many words can have a double meaning. Mate, for example, can be used towards a friend, like “What’s up Mate?” But mate can also be used in a super derogatory way. For example, if two guys were about to get into a bar fight, one might say, “You good, Mate?!”


Words that provoke in the US are much more commonplace here. Aussies don’t seem to be put off by words we find taboo in America, like the “c” word. I’ve heard the C-word used endearingly, shocking, I know! The Australian expressions themselves also vary from region to region within Australia.


I hope you enjoyed my collection of Aussie words. I’d love to know what I missed! Please add your favorite words to the comment section below.


Bach Update

We are currently in Launceston, Tasmania. Supposedly we are headed to Auckland, New Zealand, in May because there has been a COVID free travel bubble that’s opened between Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand is high up on my bucket list, and I am pumped to go!


Here are some photos from our time here in Launceston:



Rasmus’s basketball team has been having a tough season so far. The team has been on the road and away from family since December. But last week, they did beat the Perth Wildcats in their home arena that sits 15,000 people!



Sending love to your corner of the world,


Lindley



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