Online Australische Wörterbuch
In most of Australia the language spoken
is Australian, which is quite similar to English.
If you already speak English you'll probably pick it up fairly
quickly. There are quite a few words in the Australian language
not found anywhere else in this universe, entire dictionaries
have been published but the list below should help you out for
This dictionary is only just started, we
need some more help to translate this Aussie page to German, if
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Aussie ankle biter playing in the
Abo - Ureinwohner. Abo ist ein Australischer
Slang, Touris sollten Ihn nicht benutzen, Das ist kein politisch
korrektes Wort und eine grosse Beleidigung fur einen Ureinwohner.
Amber fluid - Bier.
Ambo - Rettungssanitaeter.
Ankle biter - Teppichratte / kleines Kind.
Arvo - Nachmittag.
Aussie - Einwohner in Australien, das Land Australien,
Beschreibung fur Australische Sachen, z.B. an Aussie car.
Aussie salute - Der Versuch im Outback die Fliegen
um einen herum zu verscheuchen.
Avos - Avocados.
Blimey! These blokes on a bender
in the big smoke watch some blotto boofhead
having a beaut bingle
Bail (someone) up - jemanden vollquatschen.
Bananabender - Einwohner von Queensland.
Barbie - Grillparty / Barbecue.
Barney - Kampfen / Boxen.
Barrack - anfeuern seinen Lieblingsverein zum Sieg
Bathers - Badesachen.
Beanie - Pudelmuetze.
Bender - Saufgelage.
Beaut - Erfolgserlebnis.
Biffo - Kampfen / Boxen.
Big bikkies - sauviel Gelt.
Big smoke - die Stadt.
Bikkie - Keks.
Billabong - kleiner Teich, See.
Billy - Blechdose / buechse fuers Lagerfeuer zum
Bingle - Autounfall.
Biro - Kugelschreiber.
Bities - Stechinsekten (Muecken / Bienen / Wespen).
Bizzo - Geschaeft.
Blackfella - ein anderes Wort fuer Australiens
Ureinwohner. Aborigines sagen, dass die "blackfellas"
Australische Ureinwohner sind, und alle anderen Menschen sind "whitefellas".
Blackfella ist ein Slang, Touris sollten Ihn nicht benutzen, Das
ist kein politisch korrektes Wort und eine Beleidigung fur einen
Blast from the past - ein unerwarteter Telefonanruf
von Deinem Ex, den Du seid Jahren nicht mehr gehoert oder gesehen
Bloke - Mann
Bloody oath, mate! - Ja, dass stimmt, oder : Ja,
Du hast Recht.
Blotto - sternhagelvoll, stinkbesoffen.
Bludger - Faule oder traege Person.
Blue - Kampfen / Boxen ("they were having
a bit of a blue ") / einen Fehler machen.
Blue / Bluey : Rotschopf (Rote Haare).
Boardies - Boxershorts.
Boatie - es zu moegen, mit dem Boot auf dem Wasser
unterwegs zu sein..
Bog - Matsch oder Schlamm (The car is bogged: mit
dem Auto im Schlamm stecken bleiben ).
Bogroll - Toilettenpapier.
Bondi cigar - am Strand schwimmende Faekalien (
auf Deutsch gesagt : Scheisse !!!).
Bonza - fantastisch / sehr gut !
Boofhead - Idiot.
Boomer - Kaenguru.
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Boong - If you find yourself in the company of
rednecks you may hear the words 'coon' or 'boong', slang wrods for
Aborigine, these are very derogatory terms, even worse than calling
an Afro-American a nigger, and you should definitely not use them,
but at least now you know what they mean now in case you hear them,
and you can move on to find better company.
Bored shitless - very bored.
Boss - the wife. When an Aussie bloke has to consult
his wife before making a decision he'll say; I'll go and ask the
Bottle shop - liquor shop.
Bottle-o - liquor shop.
Bottler - as in "you beauty bottler"
- really great result.
B & S Ball - Ball held for Bachelors and Spinsters,
singles crowd, often held in the bush or
remote location and often involving copious amounts of alcohol and
Breatho - police set up by roadside to check on
Brekkie - breakfast.
Brick shit house, built like a - big strong bloke.
Brickie - brick layer.
Brissie/Brizzie - Brisbane, state capital of Queensland,
note Brisbane is pronounced as Brisb'n, not Bris-bane like plane.
Brumby - a wild horse.
Buck's night : stag party, male get together the
night before the wedding, often involving copious amounts of alcohol,
practical jokes and strippers.
Buckley's, Buckley's chance - no chance ("New
Zealand stands Buckley's of beating Australia at football")
Budgie smugglers - speedos.
Bugger - originally used to refer to two men having
sexual intercourse and was the B word instead of the modern day
F word. 'Bugger' is now often used as 'bummer' meaning 'what a shame',
a few years ago a Toyota TV commercial drew some criticism from
older people for repeating the word 'bugger' about 25 times in half
a minute. Something that is broken can be 'buggered' and someone
can tell you to 'bugger off' and a person who has bad luck can be
described as 'a poor bugger'.
Bugger all - F#*k all, Sweet FA, not much, very
Bull bar - strong steel bar or frame fixed to the
front of a vehicle to protect it from the impact of hitting kangaroos.
Only bullbars on road trains actually protect against bulls.
Bundy - short for Bundaberg in Queensland, and
for the rum that is made there. Bundy'nCoke is a popular drink.
Bunyip - mythical Australian creature with a piercing
Burl - attempt, try.
Bush bashing - four wheel driving, off roading,
driving where there are no roads. ( More recently this term has
also started to mean critisizing the US president George W. Bush,
which has become internationally popular, and not without reason.)
Bushie - someone who lives in the bush.
Bushpig - very unattractive adult female.
Bushranger - highwayman (eg. Ned Kelly.)
Bush telegraph - 'grapevine', word-of-mouth.
Bushtucker - food gathered from nature, in the
Bushwalking - hiking in the bush.
BYO - Bring Your Own alcohol.
This cobber has carked it
after too many ciggies and coldies
Cab Sav - Cabernet Sauvignon wine
Cabbie - taxi driver
Cackleberry - an egg.
Cancer stick - a cigarette.
Cark it - to die, stop functioning.
Cask - boxed wine in a bladder.
Chinwag - conversation.
Chippie - carpenter.
Choof off - leave, depart.
Chunder - vomit.
Chook - chicken.
Chrissie - Christmas (Chrissy pressies - christmas
Ciggie - cigarette.
Clayton's - fake, substitute.
Click - kilometre - "it's 10 clicks down the
Clucky - feeling broody or maternal.
Cobber - friend / mate.
Cockie - farmer, cockatoo or cockroach.
Cockroach - a person from New South Wales.
Coldie - a beer.
Compo- Workers' Compensation pay.
Cooee - a call used to find someone lost in the
bush, a place can be 'within cooee of..'
Coon - If you find yourself in the company of rednecks
you may hear the words 'coon' or 'boong', these are very derogatory
terms, even worse than calling an Afro-American a nigger, and you
should definitely not use them, but at least now you know what they
mean now in case you hear them, and you can move on to find better
company. The Coon cheese you may see in the shop is named after
American doctor Edward William Coon who patented a process for the
accelerated ripening of natural, unprocessed cheese in 1926 and
has absolutely nothing to do with Australian Aborigines.
Cop - police officer.
Copshop - police station.
Corker - something that is real beaut.
Corroboree - an Aboriginal gathering/dance festival.
Counter lunch - pub lunch.
Country cousins - euphemistic term for Aboriginals.
Cozzie - swimming costume.
Crack onto (someone) - to hit on someone, pursue
Cranky - in a bad mood, angry, grumpy.
Crash - Go to sleep, often at someone else's house!
Crim - criminal.
Croc - crocodile.
Crook - can mean criminal ( he is a crook) or indicate
someone not feeling well ( I'm a bit crook, mate).
Croweater - resident of South Australia.
Cuppa - cup of tea.
Cushie - to have it easy, a cushie job.
Cut lunch - sandwiches.
Dinky Di drongos can drop their daks
in this Down Under dunny
Dag - a funny person, nerd, goof.
Daks - trousers.
Damper - bread made from flour and water.
Dead as a dodo - very deador boring.
Deadset - true, the truth.
Dero - tramp, hobo, homeless person (from "derelict").
Dickhead - an idiot.
Digger - an Australian soldier.
Dill - an idiot.
Ding - a wog in Western Australia.
Dinkum, fair dinkum -: true, real, genuine ("I'm
a dinkum Aussie"; "is he fair dinkum?") .
Dinkie-di - the real thing, genuine.
Dipstick - a loser, idiot.
Dig in, mate! - Bon appetit!
Dingo girl - Refers to waking up after a drunken
night with your arms around a particularly ugly female and rather
than wake her up by pulling your arm out from underneath her you
chew your arm off like trapped dingoes do and quietly disappear.
Dishpig - person that washes the dishes in a restaurant.
Ditch - "The ditch' is the water that separates
Australia from New Zealand.
Ditch the bitch - break up with your girlfriend.
Dizzy - the distributor in your car.
Dob (somebody) in - inform on somebody.
Docket - a bill, receipt.
Doco - documentary.
Dog - unattractive woman.
Dog's balls, stands out like - bloody obvious.
Dole - social security.
Dole bludger - somebody lazy voluntarily on social
Donga - demountable/transportable building.
Donk - car engine.
Doona - duvet, quilt.
Down Under - Australia and New Zealand.
Drink with the flies - to drink alone.
Drongo - a dopey, stupid person.
Dropkick - a dipstick.
Dummy, spit the - get very angry about something.
Dunny - Scheisshaus.
That last trip to the Ekka turned out
a bit exy
Earbashing - nagging, non-stop chatter.
EFTPOS - Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of
Sale; pay for goods with your bank card or make cash withdrawals
at shops from your Australian bank account.
Ekka - the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show.
Esky - large insulated food/drink container for
picnics, barbecues etc. , also very handy to sit on at parties.
Exy - expensive.
These fair dinkum fruitloops in Freo
are pretty full after a fortnight flatout
drinking like a lizard
Fair dinkum - true, genuine.
Fair go - a chance ("give a bloke a fair go").
Fairy floss - candy floss, cotton candy.
Fantastic plastic - credit card.
Feral - a hairy, unclean looking hippie.
Firie - member of the fire brigade.
Five-finger discount - act of shoplifting.
Fix up - to pay someone money you owe them/ to repair something/
a doctor to heal you.
Flake - shark meat in fish & chips.
Flat out as a lizard drinking - very busy.
Flick - to give something or somebody the flick is to get
rid of it/him/her.
Foodie - person interested in fine foods.
Footie - regional term for either Australian Rules Football,
or Rugby League or Union!
Fossick - to prospect, e.g. for gold.
Fortnight - two week period.
Fremantle Doctor - the cooling afternoon breeze
that arrives in Perth from the direction of Freo.
Freo - Fremantle in Western Australia.
Frog - resident of France.
Fruit loop - fool.
F%*k all - bugger all, not much, very little.
Full - drunk.
Bob Brown is one of Australia's best known greenies,
Goodonya for saving the Franklin River!
Garbo - garbage collector.
Genny - generator (petrol or diesel powered device
to generate electricity).
G'Day - hello!
Glassie - the person that walks around the pub
to collect empty glasses.
Go for it - try it / do it / also used instead
of the international 'Bon Appetit' for which Australia has no alternative
of its own, (other than 'Dig in mate!').
Going off - used of a night spot or party that
is a lot of fun - "the place was really going off". Also
"she went off at him" meaning she gave him a good telling
Good oil - useful information, a good idea, the
Good onya - good for you, well done.
Going troppo - mental health problems due to excessive
heat, common in Darwin in summer time.
Gone walkabout - traditionally an Aboriginal person
going bush for spiritual reasons, now also used to refer to anyone
disappearing for a while.
Green can - term for VB beer.
Greenie - environmentally minded person.
Grog - booze, alcohol.
Grog shop - licensed outlet selling alcohol.
Grommet - young surfer.
Grotty - run-down, dirty.
Grouse - very good, cool!
Grumblebum - complainer.
After heaps of hard yakka, hoons
hit the grog and have a handle at this
Half your luck - congratulations!
Handle - beer glass with a handle.
Hanging for a banging - sexually aroused, looking
for a sexual encounter.
Hard yakka - hard work.
Hard yards - hard work, training.
Heart-starter - first alcoholic drink of the day,
sometimes first cigarette.
Heaps - a lot, e.g. "thanks heaps", "(s)he
earned heaps of money" etc.
Heave - to vomit.
Hit the frog and toad - let's go / let's depart.
Hit the grog - Start drinking.
Hit the piss - Start drinking.
Holy dooley! - an exclamation of surprise like
"Good heavens!", "My goodness!" or"Good
Hoon - someone with fast and careless driving style.
Hooroo - goodbye.
Hotel - often just a pub, not necessarily a place
to sleep, although there's often a couple of rooms to rent.
Humongous - ginormous.
Humpie - shack or temporary home in the bush.
I could eat the ass out of a low flying duck but
am too busy watching the idiot box.
I could eat the ass out of a low flying duck
- I am very hungry!
Icy pole, ice block - popsicle, lollypop.
Idiot box - television.
If it's got tits or wheels, sooner or later you're gonna
have problems with it. - Confucius might have supplied
the Chinese with lots of ancient eternal wisdoms but the Aussies
have created some of their own.
This jillaroo is feeding a joey
Jackaroo : a male station hand,
a (cattle or sheep) station is a big farm/grazing property.
Jaffle - toasted sandwich.
Jaffle iron - camping tool, used to make a toasted
Jillaroo : a female station hand.
Jocks - mens underpants.
Joe Blow - Mr. Average.
Joey - baby kangaroo, koala or any marsupial.
Journo - journalist.
Jumbuck - sheep.
This sheila with nice knockers will need to look
for a kindie soon as she has been knocked
Kelpie - Australian sheepdog originally
bred from Scottish collie.
Kero - kerosene.
Kicked the bucket - died.
Kindie - kindergarten, pre-school.
Kiwi - either a resident of New Zealand or a Chinese
gooseberry (nowadays marketed as kiwi fruit) or a small endangered
bird native to New Zealand.
Knock - to criticise.
Knock back - refusal (they knocked it back).
Knocked up - Made pregnant ( he knocked her up).
Knocker - somebody who criticises a lot.
Knockers - woman's breasts.
Knuckle sandwich - A punch!
Kraut - resident of Germany.
Larrikin from the Lucky Country
Lamington - small square of sponge
cake covered in chocolate icing, and dessicated coconut.
Larrikin - a bloke who is always behaving silly.
Lay-by - store system of paying for goods in instalments.
Also an attractive person (usually male) who is not old enough for
sex yet, or where there is a big age gap
Lend of, to have a - to take advantage of somebody's
gullibility, to have someone on ("he's having a lend of you").
Lippy - lipstick.
Lilo - Air mattress.
Liquid lunch - drinking beer at lunchtime.
Longneck - tall bottle of beer, 750ml or 26oz.
Lucky Country, The - Australia.
Thanks to this mud map me an my mate
can make tracks so we can get away from the mozzies,
hopefully me missus will have a middy
and some mull ready...
Maccas - McDonald's (hamburgers).
Make tracks - let's go; let's make some tracks.
Map of Tassie - vagina, as the patch of pubic hair
on a female resembles the shape of Tassie ( Tasmania).
Mate's rates - cheaper than usual price for a "friend".
Metho - methylated spirits.
Mexican - the meaning of this one varies from state
to state, in New South Wales it means Victorians and in Queensland
it refers to anyone who lives south of the Queensland border.
Middy : 285 ml beer glass in New South Wales.
Milk bar - corner shop that sells takeaway food.
Milko - milkman.
Missus - female partner/ wife /girlfriend.
Mob - group of people.
Mob - family or group of kangaroos.
Mongrel - despicable person.
Moo juice - milch
Mozzie - mosquito.
Mudmap - map drawn in dirt on the ground or a quick
sketch on a bit of paper.
Mull - grass (the kind you smoke).
Muso - musician.
Muster - round up sheep or cattle.
She's got no worries about being
in the nuddy
Naughty (having a) - having a root,
Never Never - the Outback, centre of Australia.
Nipper - young surf lifesaver.
No worries - frequently used expression usually meaning
you're welcome, it's OK , don't worry about it, bye bye, basically
endless situations where you can use it.
Nuddy, in the - naked.
Off his face ocker in the Oz outback
Ocker - a yobbo, an unsophisticated
person, or a redneck.
Off her tits - she is very drunk.
Off his face -he or she is very drunk.
Offsider - an assistant, helper.
Old Girl - mother.
Old Lady - wife.
Old Man - father.
Oldies - parents - "I'll have to ask my oldies".
On the blink - broken / rooted / not working.
On the nose - smelly.
Outback - interior of Australia.
Oz - Australia!
Pommie piss artists playing sillly buggers pissing their money up
the wall drinking pints and pots getting
pissed in Aussie pub. Don't put
the pedal to the metal on the way home in your
panelvan, the pigs might get you
or you'll risk a prang and you'll be pushing
Panelvan - A car like a station
wagon but with the rear part being just a bit higher and usually
without windows it made it a very practical vehicle for tradesmen
to throw all the tools and stuff in and also became the vehicle
of choice for hoons, usually with big V8 engines and wide tires.
As there was plenty of room for a mattress in the back teenagers
found the panelvan offered a hundred times more privacy and comfort
than a backseat in a normal car and the panelvan developed a few
nick names like 'sinbin' , 'shaggawagon' , 'f%*# truck' and 'root
ute' and was often decorated with a sticker announcing 'if this
van is rockin', don't bother knockin'.
Pedal to the metal - driving very fast with accelarator
pedal down on the floor.
Perve (noun & verb) - looking lustfully at the opposite
Piece of piss - easy task.
Pig - police officer.
Pig's arse! -: I don't agree with you, opposite
of 'bloody oath mate'!
Pint - large glass of beer (esp. in South Australia).
Piss - beer. Hence "hit the piss", "sink
some piss" , to order more beer; more piss, Miss!
Piss artist - someone who drinks a lot of piss.
Pissed - Americans are pissed when they are angry,
in Australia this word means drunk, when Australians get angry they
are "pissed off'.
Pissed it up the wall - wasted it.
Pissed off - Angry, unhappy with something. Can
also be used to indicate someone's departure; he has pissed off
- he has left, he's gone. Or to dispose of something or someone.
Pisshead - someone who drinks a lot of piss.
Pissup - a gathering where a lot of piss or other
alcohol is being consumed.
Playing sillybuggers - waste time, mess around.
Bob Hawke confused the hell out of the translator of Malaysia's
Prime Minister by using this term.
Please explain... - Pauline Hanson's trademark
expression. (see politicians page)
Plonk - cheap wine.
Pokies - poker machines, fruit machines, gambling
Pollie - politician.
Pom, pommy, pommie - an English person.
Pommie bastard - an English person.
Pommie shower - spraying a bit of deodorant instead
of taking a shower.
Poofter - homosexual man.
Postie - postman.
Pot - 285 ml beer glass in Queensland and Victoria,
also marijuana ( geez, we smoked some good pot, man!)
Pozzie - position - get a good pozzy at the football
stadium. In photography; give us a pozzy/possie!
Prang - car accident.
Preggo - pregnant.
Prezzie - present, gift.
Pub - bar
Pushie - pushbike, bicycle.
Pushing up daisies - carked it / dead and buried.
Queer - homosexual person or behaviour.
Quid, make a - earn a living - "are you making a quid?"
Not the full quid - stupid.
I reckon you can cancel the rego
'coz that car is rooted, mate!
Rack off - push off! get lost! get
out of here! also "rack off hairy legs!".
Rage - party.
Rage on - to continue partying - "we raged on until
Rapt - pleased, delighted.
Ratbag - mild insult.
Rats ass - I couldn't give a rats ass! I don't
Raw prawn, to come the - to bullshit, to be generally disagreeable.
Reckon! - I reckon! you bet! Absolutely! I reckon that...-
I think that...
Reffo - refugee.
Rego - car registration.
Rellies - relatives.
Ripper - great, fantastic - "it was a ripper
Ripper, you little! -: Exclamation of delight or
as a reaction to good news.
Road train - big truck with many trailers.
Rock up - to turn up, to arrive - "we rocked
up at their house at 8pm".
Rollie - cigarette you roll yourself.
Roo - kangaroo.
Root - sexual intercourse.
Rooted - sexual intercourse (Bruce rooted Mary),
tired (I'm rooted, mate!) , broken (that car's rooted, mate!)
Rort (verb or noun) -: Cheating, fiddling, defrauding
(expenses, the system etc.). Usually used of politicians
Rotten - drunk - "I went out last night and
Rotto - Rottnest Island in W.A.
R.S.L. - Returned Services League-Social club,
good place to play pool or have a counter lunch, originally only
for returned soldiers but as they gradually all died and no new
wars were fought for a while they emptied out to the point that
all of the public was invited to fill the bars again.
Rubbish (verb) - to criticize.
Strewth, what a spunk, I'll shout
her a schooner, I'd be stoked
if I can shag her in my sinbin
Salute, Aussie - brushing flies
Salvos, the - Salvation Army.
Sandgroper - a person from Western Australia.
Sanger - a sandwich.
Sambo - a sandwich.
Sandgroper - resident of Western Australia.
Schooner - large beer glass in Queensland; medium
beer glass in South Australia.
Scorcher - a very hot day.
Scratchy - instant lottery ticket.
Screamer - party lover; "two pot screamer"
- somebody who gets drunk on very little alcohol.
Screenie - someone who likes to watch heaps of
Seppo - can mean both septic tank or American person
(as both are deemed to be full of shit).
Servo - service station or petrol station.
Session - having a few drinks with some friends
that lasts for an extended period.
Shag - see root.
Shaggawagon - see panel van.
Sheila - girl, woman.
She'll be right - it will be OK.
Shonky - dubious, underhanded. E.g. a shonky practice,
shonky business etc.
Shoot through - to leave.
Shout - turn to buy a round of drinks ("it's
Shout - buy a round of drinks.
Sickie - taking a day off being sick ( usually
Sinbin - see panel van.
Slash - to urinate.
Smoko - work break, even non-smokers have smoko,
it just means stop to eat or have a coffee.
Snag -a sausage or Sensitive new Age Guy.
Sook - person or animal who is soft, tame, inoffensive.
Hence sooky (adj.)
Spag bol - spaghetti bolognese, according to research
by Dr. Adele Wessell, a historian at Southern Cross University,
this is what Aussies most often cook at home!
Sparkie - electrician.
Spewin' - very angry.
Spiffy, pretty spiffy -great, excellent.
Spit the dummy - get very upset at something.
Spruiker - man who stands outside a nightclub or
restaurant trying to persuade people to enter.
Sprung - caught doing something wrong.
Spunk - a good looking person (of either sex).
Squiz - having a look at something, have a squiz
Starkers - naked.
Station - a big farm/grazing property.
Stickybeak - nosy person.
Stoked - very pleased.
Strewth - exclamation, mild oath ("Strewth,
that Chris is a bonzer bloke").
Strides - trousers.
Strine - Australian slang and pronunciation.
Stone the crows! - Bloody hell! Jesus Christ!
Stubby - bottle of beer, usually 375 ml. but over
2 litres in the Northern Territory.
Stubby holder - polystyrene insulated holder for
Stuffed, I'm stuffed mate! - I'm tired.
Stuffed, I'll be - expression of surprise.
Sunbake - sunbathe.
Sunnies - sunglasses.
Surfies : people who go surfing - usually more
often than they go to work!
Stubbies - brand of shorts worn by man, often as
workwear. Also a beerbottle as described below.
Swag - Green canvas bedroll, previously carried
by bushmen but now often seen tied on the back of utes.
Sweet FA - Sweet F#*k all, bugger all, not much,
Too right! The true-blue troopy is better
than a Toorak tractor to tow the tinny
from Tassie to the Top End
T.A.B .- Totalisator Agency Board
- betting shop, mainly for horse racing.
Tall poppies - successful people.
Tall poppy syndrome - the habit of criticizing successful
Tart yourself up - to go and apply your make-up.
Tasmaniac - resident of Tassie.
Tassie - Tasmania.
Technicolour yawn - chunder/vomit.
Tee-up - to set up (an appointment).
Thingo : Wadjamacallit, thingummy, whatsit.
Thongs - not underwear like in the U.S. but rubber
footwear also known as flip-flops. You need to know this as some
bars have signs "No Thongs" on the door, there is no need
to remove your undies before entering the bar.
Tinny - either a can of beer or an aluminium fishing
Togs - swim suit.
Too right! - definitely!
Toorak tractor - refers to four wheel drive vehicles
that never leave the city, Toorak is an expensive suburb in Melbourne
where pricey Range Rovers are commonly used to do super market shopping.
Top End - far north of Australia.
Trackie daks/dacks - tracksuit pants.
Trackies - track suit.
Troopy - Toyota Troopcarrier, model of four wheel
drive that seats at least eight people.
Truckie - truck driver.
True blue - patriotic.
Tucker - food.
Tucker-bag - food bag.
Tuck shop - canteen where students buy food at
Turps - turpentine, alcoholic drink.
Turps, hit the - go on a drinking binge.
Two up -: gambling game played by spinning two
Ute parked by the unit
U-ie - U-turn.
Uni - university.
Unit - flat, apartment.
Up himself / herself - have a high opinion of yourself
/"he's really up himself".
Up shit creek without a paddle - having a problem,
Up somebody, get - to rebuke somebody /"the
boss got up me for being late" .
Useful as an ashtray on a motorbike / tits on a bull -
unhelpful or incompetent person or thing /"he, she or it is
about as useful as tits on a bull" etc.
Ute - car with open back, like a pick-up truck in the U.S.
Vegies - vegetables.
Vee dub - Volkswagen.
Veg out - relax in front of the TV.
Vego - vegetarian.
Vinnie's - St. Vincent De Paul's (charity thrift
stores and hostels).
Welcome to Woop Woop
Waggin' school - not attending school.
Walkabout : a walk in the Outback by Aborigines that lasts
for an indefinite amount of time.
Walkabout, it's gone : it's lost, can't be found.
Wedgie - yanking someone's underpants upwards to
force their underwear to bunch up in their bum-crack. Amusing for
the perpetrator but not for the victim. Some poorly designed underwear
does this spontaneously.
Whacker, whacka : Idiot/ somebody who talks drivel/ somebody
with whom you have little patience/ a dickhead
Whacko the diddle-o - you beauty
Whacko - exclamation of happiness, when something exceeds
expectations in it's success.
Wharfie - dock-worker.
Whinge : complain, especially English people have a reputation
for this, hence the often heard expression 'whingeing Pom'.
White pointers : topless (female) sunbathers.
White ant - refers to termites that like to eat houses
but a biologist can tell you termites and ants are in no way related
and are completely different animals.
Wing nut - person with prominent ears.
Within cooee - within shouting distance.
What size donk you got mate? When you have engine
trouble the outback mechanic might ask you for the size of your
car engine (donk), not to be confused with dong.
Wobbly - excitable explosive behaviour ("He
threw a wobbly").
Woftam - Waste Of F#*%ing Time And Money, see some
Wog - derogatory term for immigrant from Italy
or Greece but also used to vaguely describe sickness (in bed with
a wog- probably flue or cold).
Work - something you do so you can pay for your
beers when it's all finished.
Woop Woop - non existing place used to describe
a very remote place, made even more famous in the movie 'Welcome
to Woop Woop'.
Wowser - straight-laced person, prude, puritan,
Wuss - coward/ nervous person or animal.
This Queensland pub serves XXXX
XXXX - Pronounced as Four-Ex this
is Queensland's favourite beer.
A well known Yank.
Yabbie - small freshwater crayfish.
Yakka - work, that's hard yakka mate!
Yewy - u-turn in traffic ("chuck a yewy at the next
Yank - American person.
Yank tank - Large American car.
Yobbo - Male person who is usually dressed in blue
singlet, pair of stubbies, thongs (if not barefoot) and spends most
of his time drinking, fishing, being loud- and foulmouthed, watching
the footy and usually drives an old ute or V8 panel van too fast
with swag in the back and beercans on the floor. Could also be a
Youse - you (plural), instead of 'have you guys
got any beers cold' say 'hey, youse got any beer cold'?
Yowie - Aussie version of the mythical Bigfoot,
the teribble snowman etc.
Zonked out blokes doing zilch
and stacking zeds
Zeds - Sleep; 'stack some Zzzz's'
Zilch - nothing.
Zillions - lots and lots, where millions could
not express it.
Zonked - exhausted.
Aussie Lingo Exam
When you can say the following phrase: 'Bonza Ocker
Bottler Beaut, Corker Whacko Didgeridoo Cobber Mate' you are on
your way to speaking like a real Aussie.
A final word of advice
In certain situations and areas it may be helpful
to include the infamous F#*#! word at least once or twice in every
sentence and also to finish at least half your sentences with 'mate'
at the end so people understand you better.
It will make communication easier in for example; outback pubs,
barbeques and parties where you see lots of blue singlets around
you. It is up to you to judge when to do this.
In major cities this is not necessary and, at for instance Sydney
cocktail parties, it is definitely not a good idea to do this.
If you are interested in learning real Aussie lingo
buy yourself an Aussie phrase book!
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