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Aussie Slang - How to Speak the lingo


All sizzle no sausage: Pretty disappointing climax.

Rough as hessian undies: Someone who is uncouth.

He ain't the sharpest tool in the shed: Not very bright.

Daggy: Scruffy (not what hangs off a sheep’s backside), or not cool.

I'm so hungry I could eat the back end out of a low flying duck / I’m so hungry I could eat a horse and chase the rider: Really hungry.

She can talk underwater with a mouth full of marbles: Someone who doesn’t shut up and talks a lot.

As flash as a rat with a gold tooth: Dressing ostentatiously (very smart).

Going off like a frog in a sock: Super, super excited.

You can’t put in what God left out: Clearly you are not born with a natural talent.

A few tinnies short of a slab: Not very bright.

I’m full as a fat lady’s sock: You couldn’t have one more bite and you are full.

Better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick: It’s better than nothing.

May an emu come to your house and kick your dunny door down:  I want you to have some bad luck.

Two shakes of a lamb’s tail: When you do something quick.

Tickle me pink: Something someone has said or done has delighted a person.

That's a chip off the old block: A person who resembles their parent.

A dingo's breakfast: Means no breakfast at all.

Flat out like a lizard drinking: You have been working hard.

A face like a dropped pie/face like a busted crab: Ugly.

Like a shag on a rock: Abandoned or lonely.

Up and down like a dunny seat: Changing your opinion.

Couldn’t hit a bull in the backside with a handful of wheat: It usually describes a useless sports person.

So windy it will blow a drover’s dog off the chain: It’s windy.

Lower than a snake’s belly in a wheel rut: Someone who has no moral standing.

Catch you round like a rissole: See you later.

He is carrying on like a pork chop: Behaving silly.

All feathers, no meat: No substance.

Having a Barry Crocker: A person is having a shocker.

Fit as a mallee bull: In good physical health.

Spit the dummy: Acting like a child.

Couldn’t run a chook raffle: Unorganised/useless.

A roo loose in the top paddock: A bit daft.

Fair shake of the sauce bottle/fair crack of the whip: Give someone a chance.

Looks like a drowned rat: Wet/drenched.

Happy as a pig in mud: Extremely happy.

He can drink like a camel: He can hold his beer.

Dust up: A fight.

Hit the frog and toad: Let’s get going.

Ankle biter: Small child.

Cost big bikkies: When something is expensive.

Sparrows fart: Early time of the day.

Crook as a dog: Unwell.

Emu parade: Clean up

Knee high to a grasshopper: Very small or young.

Keen as mustard: Very keen or eager.

Knuckle sandwich: A punch in the face.

Not playing for sheep stations: When someone plays competitively.

That’s not a knife, this is a knife: As actor, Paul Hogan, in the iconic Australian movie Crocodile Dundee pointed out – he had a big knife.

As the crow flies: The distance as a crow would fly.

He kicked the bucket: He died.

Get some shut-eye: Having a sleep.

Happy little Vegemite: A happy person.

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Accadacca – How Aussies refer to Australian rock band ACDC

Ankle Biters – Children

Arvo – Afternoon (S’Arvo – this afternoon!)

Aussie Salute – Wave to scare the flies

Avo – Avocado

Barbie – Barbecue

Beauty! – Great! Most often exclaimed as “You Beauty”

Billy – Teapot (on an Outback fire)

Bloody oath – its true. “You right mate? “Bloody Oath”

Bludger – Someone who’s lazy.

Bogan – This word is used for people who act like rednecks. 

Booze Bus – Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers

Bottle-O – Bottle Shop, a place to purchase alcohol

Brekky – Breakfast

Brolly – Umbrella

Buckleys Chance – little chance of happening

Budgie Smugglers – Speedos a very brief swimming costume

Buggered – Exhausted

Bush – “Out in the bush” 

Cab Sav – Cabernet Sauvignon

Cactus – she's cactus mate - Dead, Broken

Choc A Bloc – Full

Choccy Biccy – Chocolate Biscuit

Chook – Chicken

Chrissie – Christmas

Ciggy – Cigarette

Clucky – feeling maternal

Cobber – Very good friend. 

Coldie – Beer. Come over for a few coldie’s mate.

Coppers – Police

Crack the shits – Getting angry at someone or something

Crikey – an expression of surprise

Crook – Being ill or angry.

C*nt, the “C” word – Used when exchanging pleasantries between close friends or family member. 

Daks – Trousers. ‘Tracky daks’ = sweatpants (tracksuit pants)

Deadset – True

Defo – Definitely

Devo – Devastated

Drongo – a Fool, Don’t be a drongo mate.

Dunny – Toilet

Durry – Cigarette

Esky – An insulated container that keeps things cold (mostly beers)

Fair Dinkum –  Honest

Flannie / Flanno – flannelette shirt

Flat out – Really busy – “Flat out like a lizard drinking

Frothy – Beer

F*ck Me Dead – surprised, that’s unfortunate

G’day – Hello

Galah – a bird with a reputation for not being bright, hence a galah is also a stupid person

Going off – busy, lots of people / angry person “he’s going off”

Good On Ya – Good work mate

Goon – the best invention ever produced by mankind. It is a cheap, boxed wine that will inevitably become an integral part of your Australian backpacking experience.

Hard yakka – Hard work

Heaps – loads, lots, many

Hoon – Hooligan (normally driving badly!)

Iffy – bit risky or unreasonable

Knickers – female underwear

Larrikin – Someone who’s always up for a laugh, bit of a harmless prankster

Legless – Someone who is really drunk

Lollies – Sweets

Maccas – McDonalds.

Mongrel – Someone who’s a bit unpleasant.

Mozzie – Mosquito

No Drama – No problem / it’s ok

No Worries – No problem / it’s ok

No Wucka’s – A truly Aussie way to say ‘no worries’

Nuddy – Naked run

Outback – The interior of Australia, “The Outback” is more remote than those areas named “the bush”

Pash – to kiss

Piece of Piss – easy as 

Piss Off – go away, get lost

Piss Up – a party, a get together and in Australia – most social occasions

Piss – (To Piss) to urinate

Pissed – Intoxicated, Drunk

Pissed Off – Annoyed angry 

Rapt – Very happy

Reckon – for sure. ‘You Reckon?’… ‘I reckon!’

Rellie / Rello – Relatives

Ripper – ‘You little ripper’ = That’s fantastic mate!

Root Rat – someone who enjoys sex (maybe a little too much)

Rooted – Tired or Broken

Sanger – Sandwich

Servo – Service Station / Garage

Sheila – A woman

She’ll be apples – Everything will be alright

Shoot Through – To leave

Sick – awesome; ‘that’s really sick mate’

Sickie – a sick day off work, or ‘to pull a sickie’ would be to take a day off when you aren’t actually sick

Skull – To drink a beer in one go

Slab – A carton of beer (piss)

Smoko – Cigarette break

Snag – Sausage

Stiffy – Erection

Stoked – Happy, Pleased

Straya – Australia

Strewth – An exclamation of surprise

Stubby – a bottle of beer

Stuffed – Tired

Sunnies – Sunglasses

Swag – Single bed you can roll up, a bit like a sleeping bag

Tinny – Can of beer or small boat

Thongs – Flip Flops, footwear (not undies)

True Blue – Genuinely Australian

Tucker – Food. ‘Bush Tucker’ tends to be food found in the Outback such as witchetty grubs.

Two Up – A gambling game played on Anzac day.

Uee – to take a U-Turn when driving

Up Yourself – Stuck up

Woop Woop – middle of nowhere

Yous – (youse) plural of you!

Find more Aussie sayings in this book. It's a bloody ripper.