80+ Awesome Australian Slang Words To Know

Australian Slangs

G’day mate, ya ready for some Aussie slang words and phrases? Bloody oath!

If you are visiting Australia for the first time, you will be surprised with how fast Aussies talk and the number of slang words they use in daily conversations. If you are new, you’d be lost in no time. Australians are super creative with words and will rather shorten words to speak faster and sound friendlier. This has gained them unique, positive popularity amongst other English-speaking countries. You will definitely know an Aussie for their rich accent and unique slang. It is only in Australia that thongs mean flip flops, and Maccas means McDonald’s.

So, if you are thinking of traveling to Oz and want to blend in, then you need to know the common Australian Slang words. And that is where we come in!

In this article, you will learn common Australian slang words and phrases that will make you sound like a native. So, ready for an Australian slang 101 journey? You will need to get some bikkies or a cold one to enjoy this quirky, funny, and unique slang. Mate, without further ado, let’s get the slang party started!

Common Australian Slangs

Common Australian Slang Words

Australian slang words are commonly used by everyone living in Australia, and you’d quickly detect an Australian anywhere for their rich use of slang. Most Australian Slangs are abbreviations of the full words; for example, Mosquito is called Mozzies. However, more often than not, that is not always the case. With that being said, let’s get into the John Dory of this article.


Aussie slang word for Advocado


Means Afternoon. ‘G’Arvo Mate


Unfortunately, cakehole doesn’t have anything to do with pastries. It means Mouth. Shove that down your cake hole


Australian slang for biscuits. So, when an Aussie says ‘pass me some bikkies’, it means they are craving some biscuits.


Lipstick. This is most common amongst ladies. You can tell a friend to pass their lippie or if they brought their cherry lippie along

Bloody oath

Yes or True. Bloody oath is used to agree with someone, and it is commonly used in daily conversations


A typical Australian man

Australian Slangs Brolly Umbrella




Mosquitoes. Have you seen the size of those mozzies?


McDonalds. ‘You goin’ to Maccas?


Sausages. ‘Throw some snags unto the barbie’


Barbeque. No one calls Barbeque in oz, except visitors. So, yeah.. Barbeque means that cute cartoon animation.


Presents. Yes, it doesn’t mean you want to take a pee. Bringing pressies means you are bringing presents. whether for your favorite rellos.

Liquid laugh

Vomit. ‘You havin’ some liquid laugh mate?’


Cooler. Usually for beer. You cannot go for a picnic without bringing an Esky!

Ankle biter

Child. ‘My nephews are adorable, but they turn to an ankle biter once their electric toy goes cactus


A lazy person who often relies on others. ‘You bloody bludger’


Someone of low socio-econmic status. It is an Aussie equivalent for Us’ redneck. However, it can be used as a joke amongst friends.


A bottle shop, a liquor shop. Basically, where you can get alcohol. ‘That is a very boring bottle shop


Sex. It isn’t one of the most romantic phrases. ‘Have some root, mate


Tired or broken. ‘I am rooted man’

Chuck a sickie

Take sick leave from work. Usually used when one is not sick. ‘I’d chuck a sickie to come for the picnic tomorrow’

Cold one

A beer. ‘Pass me a cold one

Australian Slangs Exy Expensive


Expensive. ‘Those thongs are exy’


Kindergarten. ‘I am taking that ankle biter to kindie tmo!’

No wuckas

No worries. ‘No wuckas mate, we good’


750ml beer bottle

Stubby holder

A stubby holder is used to hold your beer. ‘Pass me that beer bottle stubby holder’


Service station or gas station. ‘Get some gas in the servo’


A smoke break ‘I’m goin’ for a smoko’


Very pleased or excited ‘I am stoked!’


Sunglasses. What better way to say sunglasses in a very arid beef country.


Truck driver.


It means a U-turn. When you tell an Aussie to chuck a uey or do a uey, it means he should make a u-turn.


Aussie slang for Utility vehicle, pick-up truck.

Veg out

Australian slang for relaxing. ‘You need to veg out with a cold one’



Not my bowl of rice

Australian slang for ‘not my cup of tea’

Bog standard

Basic or standard. ‘The bag was bog standard, nothing fancy’

Bog in

To eat viciously because of hunger. Remember seeing that sweet pie in oldies house and you couldn’t wait to bog in.

Australian Slangs Cat burying shit

Cat burying shit

Extremely busy. ‘I am busy with work like a cat burying shit’



Down under

Down under means Australia and New Zealand ‘I am heading to down under this chrissie’

Flat out like a lizard drinking

Working extremely hard.

As cross as a frog in a sock

Extremely and sometimes vocally angry ‘She got as cross as a frog in a sock what she found out her snags were gone’

Give it a burl

Try out something ‘Give the Chinese food a burl child.’


Astonished or surprised ‘I am gobsmacked at the size of the masion’


Very good. ‘The soup is grouse’



Frog and toad

Road ‘I have hit the frog and toad to my rellos’


Australian slang for Facebook

Kangaroos loose in the top padlock

Acting foolish, weird. ‘Brandy has kangaroos loose in the top padlock’

Milk bar

A local store. And not, they don’t sell milk bars. A milk bar is where you can get the essential stuffs like glue, newspaper etc. ‘The south Wales Milk bar is pretty stocked’


Money. ‘ Bring some moolah with you’

Goss/John Dory

Gossip/story. ‘Any new goss about Kate?’ or ‘What is the John Dory today?’


Overseas ‘I am leaving for O.S next week’

Porky pie

a lie ‘He’s feeding you with porky pie’


Suitcase/luggage ‘you forgot your port mate

Make a quid

Make a living. ‘Are you making a quid now?’


Yes, Means they are willing. ‘Will you like to go window shopping with me?’ ‘Reckon!’

She’ll be right

It will be alright. ‘Don’t worry about the situation, and she’ll be right.’

Aussie salute

Australian Aussie Salute means to wave away flies. I was out yesterday night, and I couldn’t stop doing the Aussie salute


Sandwich. ‘I love sangers!’

Hard yakka

Hard Work. ‘taking care of the children was hard yakka’


Extremely angry ‘She is spewin’ stay away from her’


A nosy person ‘you are a stickybeak’


Pants. Did you see that nice blue strides


Australian slang for Can.


A boat

Waggin’ school

Truancy. ‘You are waggin’ school again?!’

Have a captain cook

A glance or brief inspection. ‘We had to take a captain cook on the next servo’

Put a sock in it

Shut up. This is used for insults. Therefore, be careful when you tell someone to put a sock in it.


An expression of surprise.


Not stable. ‘His car was wonky that I had to pray for dear life


Australian slang for a coward ‘you are such a wuss


Aussie slang phrase for very ‘That’s is bloody lit!’

Booze bus

Police vans used for catching drunk drivers. boozer


Dead or broken ‘His car was cactus’



Fair dinkum

Honestly, genuine ‘you went home yesterday, fair dinkum?’ ‘Fair dinkum kate!’

Good on ya

Well done ‘good on ya on winning the marathon Beth’


Someone who is annoying or is being a dick ‘Rack off, Mongrel!’


Nuddy. ‘Don’t open the door! I am nuddy.’

Rack off

A mild way to tell someone to f*ck off.


Woman ‘Yes, the club is full of beautiful sheilas’


A carton of beer ‘All I want to do this arvo is to sink a slab and smash a pizza.’



True blue

Truly Australian ‘Did you see he handled the ball? He is a true blue!’


Plura for you ‘Yous all are not going?’

It’s your shout

Quite British, but it is used as an Australian slang tool When someone says it is your shout, it means it is your turn to pay the bills.

Chuck a blocky

go through a block or when you are trying to locate a house. ‘G’day Mate, I’m tryna chuck a blocky’




heavily drunk ‘He is plastered’

Woop woop

Middle of nowhere ‘He lives in woop woop’












Fight. ‘He had a blue with his wife’

Fair suck/fair go

To be treated fairly.

Not the full quid

crazy or stupid


a female trainee station manager

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