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Australian-English Vocabulary

This list is not intended to be comprehensive. Note that a number of the words listed are very localised or almost obsolete today.

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ace - excellent, very good aggro – (adj) aggressive; (n) aggravation apples, she's - everything is all right; often modified with will as in she'll be apples arsey - someone showing daring, audacity, and/or cheekiness or experiencing extremely good luck, particularly if this involves a near-miss to injury. In use since the 1950s. Derived from "tin arsed". not being arsed - lack of interest, as in "I couldn't be arsed to do it". Also British English. arvo – short for afternoon; in use since the 1950s as if – Exclamatory rejection. "As if they're real tears!" or "The case was dismissed? As if." Commonly contracted to 'sif. Aussie salute - brushing away flies with the hand



to corner somebody physically bang sexual intercourse (hence "she bangs like a dunny door in the wind") beaut – (adj) great. after the manufacturer Bic.(v) to denigrate.to brag or boast bizzo .") biff or biffo .a party/function held for young single people bag . in use since the 1910s (n). helpful person blow . which is roughly equivalent to "Great!".business ("Mind your own bizzo.to reserve. o a blue singlet typically worn by Australian workers Mr_doody2004@yahoo. More recently this has become a slang word for the drug ecstasy. beef to have a problem with someone/ to have an issue with another. often when something has been understated. mongrel ("Bits of this. fantastic. in use since the 1890s beauty – exclamation showing approval. terrific. o a nickname for a redheaded person (also "Blue") o a blue heeler (cattle dog). but formerly extremely common in Australia. eg: "i have beef with him" bickie – biscuit.you're an excellent.a brawl or fist fight. occuring in the past. "I've made a blue. as in "(I) Bags the last frosty fruit (ice block)" or "Can someone do the dishes?" "Bags not!" Also used in UK English bail (somebody) up . big bickies – lots of money big-note oneself .a rest. from the slang disco biscuit. brawl or heated argument o an embarrassing mistake (for example. for example.") o a nickname for someone with red hair (also "Bluey") bluey o formerly. "What a beaut!". For example: "You bewdy!". Known as the Great Australian Adjective bloody oath . Also in UK English bitser . (n) an ugly woman. a bundle of belongings wrapped in a blanket carried by swagmen. "Fantastic!" or "Wonderful!". Also in other varieties of English.in full Bachelors' and Spinsters' Ball . Sometimes also used as a word for a cigarette lighter.that's certainly true. great thing. Also called a "swag" o a traffic ticket. especially after physical work bloody .very (bloody hard yakka).B • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • B & S . bits of that") (your) blood's worth bottling . both senses in use since the 1960s bags . an intensive form of my oath blue o a fight.dog of mixed parentage. used as an affirmative to a statement. In use since the 1850s.com 2 . often spelt as bewdy (to represent Australian pronunciation).

and most frequently used explanation.broken. origin uncertain.com 3 . "buckley's chance" "buckley's hope". William Buckley. or caught out.being strongly built. to attack a meal with enthusiasm bog standard . "That car is a bomb. without accessories (a bog standard car. • • • • • • • • • bottler . later bought by a Phillip Nunn. The second likely etymological influence a now defunct Melbourne department store "Buckley's". due to unfamiliar and hostile surroundings and peoples).in trouble. I'm buggered!" built like a brick shithouse . or waste time either doing nothing or something inappropriate. once used more frequently (see [1]) "derived from the term for elder brother" (also "bung" in Indonesian dialects).great. and also implies some risk to the adventurer should they fail.[2] Expression of this phrase often also implies a resignation on the part of the conversing parties as to any perceived ability to influence the determined character who is being ascribed said odds of success. be idle." bonzer . probably influence by two important historical elements. and none".something which has little or no chance of success.basic. in the languages once spoken between Kempsey Newcastle. not in working order." buggered (2) . "I was caught speeding. but he in fact lived in an Aboriginal community on the outskirts of present-day Melbourne for more than 30 years.a nickname for a brand of rum (Bundaberg Rum) Mr_doody2004@yahoo. to deliberately skip school classes (used mainly by adolescents) bodgy . used for Australian Aboriginals." buggered (3) . "That hose is buggered. "two chances: buckley's. Birbai and Wanarua.) bomb . Ngamba. The first.a hybrid. "I'm feeling buggered. ripper boogie board . buggered (1) . "buckley's odds". that the term is a reference to escaped convict. to live off others efforts rather than providing for one's self. telephone etc. viz.• • • • • • • • bludge – to shirk. both of which occured in the Melbourne vicinity. from the chunky look of wellmade backyard dunnies of pre-70's and rural housing Bundy . unadorned.a term lately considered highly derogatory. perhaps derived from binghi. half-sized surf board boong .tired.commence eating. male gathering the night before the wedding buckley's.of inferior quality bog in . who was believed dead in 1803 (survival on the run in Australia being said to be impossible for the British convicts.stag party.wild (as in undomesticated) horse buck's night .an old mechanically unsound car.something excellent brumbie . "buckley's-and-none" . to receive welfare payments.

From the Jagara (Aboriginal language) word for "dead".to force a path through the bush either by bushwalking or driving a 4WD (SUV) or the like.com 4 . a difficult walk through the bush bushfire . simailar to a swagman bush oyster .emitting nasal mucus by placing one index finger on the outside of the nose (thus blocking one nostril) and blowing bushwalking – hiking in the bush o • • • • • • • • • • Mr_doody2004@yahoo.• bung originally a stopper in a cask. as in "bung it in the oven" (also used in British English) o not working.a person living in remote rural areas.to put on a show of pretence bush o woodland. impaired.campfire bushman's hanky . injured or infected. generally called bushland o rural Australia (not necessarily the Outback) and those who live in it bush bashing .a gob of expelled nasal mucus bush telly . bung it on . a synonym for "put" or "place". bush bash .a long competitive running or motorcar race through the bush. broken.wild forest fire bushie .

whatever . substitute. angry crikey . "I had a chunder. ersatz.egg cactus .dairy farmer).an exclamation of surprise crook o angry.swimming costume." cat's pyjamas or cat's whiskers .workers' compensation pay cossie. usually used to either goad someone. not the real thing.a cattle rustler chook . come a gutser ."." Clayton's – fake. have another. or to cheer on a sporting team "Carn the Doggies. an Australian bird. have an accident compo .com 5 .take the day off sick from work when you're perfectly healthy chunder .feeling broody or maternal cockie . also short for 'cockatoo'.dead. cozzie .vomit. mate!" cattle duffer .a resigned expression of frustration.farmer (hence cow-cockie . bathers cranky .to get drunk culosis .heard since early 2008 on the east coast cut – angry or upset Mr_doody2004@yahoo. "Carn.Christmas chuck a sickie . in the phrase "go crook at" o sick or unwell o unfair crunk . non-functional.in a bad mood.make a bad mistake. as in "It was the cat's pyjamas.something great or perfectly suited. not functioning cark it o to die o to cease functioning carn – Assimilation of "come on!" or "Go on!". advertised as "the drink you have when you're not having a drink") less widely used than in New Zealand.a chicken Chrissie . declining as the commercial has not played in many years clucky .C • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • cackleberry . (from a brand of zero alcohol mixer.

derro .[3] The derivation dinky-di means a native-born Australian or "the real thing". docket . i. which was also the original meaning in Australian English. "Did you see her Dad's shirt? He's such a dag. (adv) completely "You're dead set right about that." o excrement hanging from the wool around a sheep's backside daggy – unfashionable. genuine. equivalent to "geek" or "dork". true. where it meant "hard work" or "fair work". deviant der – that's obvious. 'Sorry mate I can't.e. to inspect something dink – to give somebody a lift on the back of a bicycle.the designated driver on a night out.com 6 .a look. genuine. The term double-dink is used in Northern and Western NSW. dead set – (adj) certain. 'What a derro' deso . though the latter term is usually restricted to use by children.the real thing. uncool. real. I'm the deso' dekko . real (OED).term of endearment usually used for one's spouse: shortening of darling.a bill. Most scholars believe dinkum was a dialect word from the East Midlands of England. Adult dobbers for real crimes (as opposed to telling Mum or a teacher) are commonly called dogs or mongrels.D • dag an unfashionable or uncool person. "nerdy". he was dirty on me after I stole them ciggies!" division – electoral district. equivalent to constituency in UK. genuine dirty . dinkum – honest." deadly – excellent (from Australian Aboriginal English) o • • • • • • • • • • • • devo – ((Aus) IPA: ˈde. or has done something ridiculous. "dorky" darl .vəʉ). from the Cantonese (or Hokkien) ding kam. receipt doco . dob – to inform on. can be shortened to dinks dinky-di .a term for idiot . meaning "top gold". someone who does not consume alcohol. when applied to weather "It's going to get dirty later this afternoon". someone boring. indisputable. someone who is stupid. Probably not. duh. electorate in New Zealand. especially among children.documentary • • • • • • Mr_doody2004@yahoo.(adj) bad. To "dob (somebody) in" is to inform on somebody. an exasperated acknowledgement common in Victoria and New South Wales. as is often claimed. devastated devo . or when applied to mood "man. honest. Fair dinkum means "fair and square".((Aus) IPA: ˈdiː.vəʉ). riding in Canada (This term is formally used in the parliament but in general use the term 'electorate' is most common). If this occurs one has been "dobbed in" and a person who does this is a "dobber" sometimes called a "dibber-dobber" (a tell-tale).

tip-off ("I'll give you the drum.com 7 . Queensland the word quilt is used.foolish person drum . a calque of the Arrernte word alcheringa drongo .).sideboard duck's nuts. Also an idiot. and the term eiderdown (from the name of the eider duck) is also used.information. a "golden age" when the first ancestors and living things were created. dreamtime – in the mythology of most Indigenous Australians. duck's guts or bee's knees . cf.• • • • • • • • • • doona – cf. spit the . usually plastic. to be top of the class (v. to a lesser extent. or cf. for babies to suck. cf.") Becoming obsolete duchess . dummy. British duvet. American mannequin.toilet dux .something that is perfectly suited (Sometimes referred to as the dummy – a device.get very upset at something dunny . American pacifier (also common in British English). From the brand name Doona.top of the class (n.) Mr_doody2004@yahoo. Originally the generic term was continental quilt. In South Australia and. dyne with same pronunciation in Scandinavian languages.

enjoys wider usage.com 8 . Mr_doody2004@yahoo. The term emu parade. The term emubob is still used among Australian Army Cadets to describe the duty of moving through an area in extended file to pick up rubbish. of picking up cigarette butts lying around barracks and parade grounds. It was also used up until at least the last 5 years by Scouts and Cub Scouts for the same activity. The term arose by the similarity between a person bending over to pick up litter and the distinctive bob that emus make when picking at the ground.E • • earbashing . non-stop chatter emu bob – the duty given to enlisted men in the military.nagging. meaning the collection of all types of litter. The term is primarily used in military circles but in recent years its usage has broadened.

busy flick . out of control flat chat.moving as fast as possible. usually a term of astonished admiration. for example for gold. fossick . see dinkum fair enough – I don't see a problem with that. disbelief FBT . rotten o of a person's behaviour. "fucking big truck" feral o a derogratory term for variety of modern day "hippies". but in particular a paved walkway running parallel to a street or road. hence.to "give (something or somebody) the flick" is to get rid of it or him/her flog: o to sell something o to steal something o to treat something roughly (driving too fast and carelessly is to "give it a flogging") o to beat some up fly wire . often applied to unattractive dogs but it can be used of people in a derogatory sense furphy .(request for) a chance or a reasonable opportunity to complete a task. OK fair go or fair crack of the whip .a panel van fitted out with mattress in the back for amourous liaisons (also shaggin' wagon.fucking ugly. and known in other countries as a sidewalk or pavement.F • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • fair dinkum – true. commonly stereotyped as unclean in habits and living rough in the bush o disgusting.com 9 .exclamation of wonder.false or unreliable rumour Mr_doody2004@yahoo. unhygenic.condom Fremantle doctor .to prospect. to rummage. sin bin) fugly .gauze flyscreen covering a window or doorway footpath – any well-used walkway. flat out . for example "fossicking through the kitchen drawers" franger .a large truck.the cooling afternoon breeze that arrives in Perth from the direction of Freeo fuck truck . hence to search. awe. fair suck of the sav . genuine.

through the english word which means a leg of ham. the typical Aussie greeting generally used by Broad Australian English speakers. give a .used of a night spot or party that is a lot of fun . terrific.[4] garn – go on.") gobsmacked . and 'pulling your leg'. have a go gobful.good for you. see carn ganda or gander . the truth good onya .to abuse. or animal with an ape appearance grouse – (adj.useful information. a good idea. As in "that's gammon mate" or "no mate. also can mean the bag containing the wine also know as a goon bag.com 10 .' g'day – good day. that's a gammon job there". derived from shearing – the fastest shearer in the shed was the gun-shearer. or a goon sack. for example "Garn y'mongrel. above-average.) great. well done goon o cheap cask wine.G • • • • • • • • • • • • • gammon or gammon job (mainly used in the Northern Territory and Far North Queensland) – A word derived from a similar sounding Aboriginal word meaning "invented" or "not true" Template:cite sources.to take a look at something.surprised."The place was really going off. the working class and blue collar workers give it a burl ." good oil . or commonly "eh! gammon!".try it. Mr_doody2004@yahoo. woman. astounded going off . hello. "I was only gammon you!". o another name for a man.". Also probably related to the phrases 'hamming it up'. going. very good. usually justifiably ("The neighbours were having a noisy party so I went and gave them a gobful. common in Victoria gun – (adj) of excellent ability. As in "Let's go take a gander next door.

very. now.intellectually inadequate kenoath .goodbye[5] hottie ." or "Don't hang shit.to drive fast. To "give someone heaps" is to pour mockery and/or abuse on them. similar "good heavens". (transitive verb) refuse Mr_doody2004@yahoo.to criticise knock back . loudly. slander. an exclamation of surprise.feeling hungover or suffering the after effects of drugs K • • • • • • • • kangaroos loose in the top paddock . usually involving more drinking and/or drug taking kindie .kerosene kick on – partying on after a discotheque or night club has finished. heaps .a lot. etc.a term used when something out of the ordinary happens. Hills was the designer and original manufacturer of the rotary clothes-line.(noun) refusal. "Nah. or one who does so. sully." Hills Hoist – a type of rotary clothes-line.H • • • • • • • • • hang shit – to mock. "good grief". "my goodness". you're just hanging shit on him. hooly dooley .how have you been/how are you doing humpy .contraction of "fucking oath" kero . or any temporary outdoor shelter I • idiot box – a television set J • • jet – to go somewhere in a hurry jaded. it's a great book.small Aboriginal shelter. denigrate.kindergarten knackered – tired. exhausted knock .hot water bottle how ya gahn . to "pay out". and irresponsibly. hoon .com 11 . hooroo .

com 12 .) moll – Used to describe a person or persons who have perpetrated an act. whether it has the positive or negative meaning depends on context and where you are in Australia milk bar .absolute certainty for example "It's London to a brick that taxes won't go down. "I was mungin' on her. spoken words.ɪn) to eat veraciously. (In States other than SA and WA.round up sheep or cattle Mr_doody2004@yahoo. sleeping roll metho .L • • • • • • • • • lend of.illegal or underhanded racket M • • • • • • • • • • • • • manchester – household linen mangkin . frivolous. open one's .lipstick lob or lob in .the side of the road where livestock is grazed during droughts lunch box." munted – either broken. milk.a common. mangled or state of inebriation. very good.to fart lurk .excellent." long paddock . In Victoria and New South Wales is a local shop where basic groceries such as bread. for example.swagman's bedding."God she annoys me. bulb is sometimes also heard in Australia. lingo – language or dialect lippy . inconsequential.drop in to see someone London to a brick . which are native to Western Australia mate's rate or mate's discount .jinx mungin' .a shop where milk-shakes and other refreshments can be bought. She's such a moll.methylated spirits Mickey Mouse . globe is no longer commonly used in this sense outside Australia." Usually mistakenly written as 'mole' mozz or to put the mozz on . not very good. "deli" retains the usual international usage of delicatessen.cheaper than usual for a friend matilda . Known as a deli in South Australia and Western Australia and as a corner shop in Queensland (also a "convenience store") and Tasmania.((Aus) IPA: maŋ. usually magic mushrooms.") light globe – an incandescent light bulb. and other everyday household goods can also be bought. generally from drugs muntyhead – one who likes to get munted muster .to take advantage of somebody's gullibility. often Western Australian expression used to describe the behaviour of someone on drugs. to perform oral sex. to have someone on ("He's having a lend of you. 'Mole' can be attributed to both males and females . to have a . or generally just 'done something' to annoy the user of this word.

onya .an idiot noon – as opposed to the British English midday. im too busy" natio . "nah.Elastic strap with hooks on the ends for securing items okey-dokey – OK on ya bike – as in get on your bike.nationality nasho .hammer out.tits not the full quid ."Off you go. also used in American English norcs . place where second hand goods are sold Mr_doody2004@yahoo. etc.no. Used where the original version might be regarded as offensive. Sometimes shortened to no wuckers. expression of forgiveness or reassurance.N • • • • • • • • • • • • • nah . no problem. thrift store. A way to tell someone to leave .opportunity shop. on ya bike. that's all right. has the same usage as no worries.com 13 . nong (or ning-nong) .National Service (compulsory military service) nature strip (or verge in Western Australia) – a lawn or plantation in the road reserve between the property boundary and the street no drama .a congratulatory term op shop . nut out .not bright intellectually no wuckin' furries – a spoonerism of no fuckin' worries. work out O • • • • • occy strap .same as no worries no sweat .same as no worries no worries or nurries – you're welcome.

that new car of yours is a pearler. perv .vomiting into a toilet (due to excess consumption of alcohol) porker .simple.a lie. at a member of the desired sex. get the . from poverty pozzy . only used in Queensland and to some extent in New South Wales.a doctor. a smidgen porcelain bus. pathetic.poker machines. derived from peasant piece of piss . pissed off – angry.drunk (the American use of 'pissed' to mean angry is known.present." quid. however). pissing into the wind . especially a school bag. not the full .com 14 . figurative. quid is slang for a pound. ineffectual. driving the .).of low IQ.position preggers. "I have to visit the quack.futile efforts. £1 became $2 when Australia converted to decimal currency Mr_doody2004@yahoo. often but not always. make a . "he's tellin porkers" or "its just porkers" port – any form of hand luggage.homosexual.short for pervert ("That old fella's a bit of a perv") it can also mean having a look.a minuscule amount. pink slip.g.pregnant prezzy . pez – something of poor value or perceived to be less worthy than others.earn a living quid. mate. easy piss-fart around – to waste time piss off – to get lost.get the sack (from the colour of the termination form) pissed . gift Q • • • quack . esp. gambling slot machines. piss in the woods . poofter .see 'long paddock' paro/parro . gay or a fag poofteenth . preggo . by an umpire in the game of Australian rules football when penalised for holding the ball. fruit machines. also known as "mincers" for the way they chew your money up Poof.P • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • paddock . from portmanteau pov or povo – cheap looking.drunk pearler – an excellent example of something (e. to leave piss-weak or piss-poor – weak. unfair: a general purpose negative pissing down – raining heavy pissing myself laughing . pokies .easy task pig's arse – I don't agree with you pinged – caught doing something wrong.to be greatly amused. something not worth doing. someone who acts in a negative way. A task or undertaking with little or no chance of success.

fantastic.to be generally disagreeable.(verb or noun) cheating.to continue partying . for example. fantastic.vehicle registration ridgy-didge . fine or elegant possibly through contact with Japanese pearl divers living in Australia during the late 19th Century the ripper's . to come the .very angry rort .Accepting bad news as inevitable.you bet."we raged on until 3am" rapt .com 15 . delighted ratshit – broken. ("I went fishing but caught nothing.to turn up. that'd be .push off! get lost! get out of here! also "rack off hairy legs!". bumpy.the stripper's rock up . excellent ripper . similar to beauty. Can also be said as rightio.(verb) to criticise Mr_doody2004@yahoo.slang term for sex ropeable .Japanese (りっぱ). great.R • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • rack off . used mostly to describe the actions of politicians. Giving your opinion. genuine righto . (Also lurk as a noun. especially the exploitation of rules or laws. "You little ripper. Can also be used to describe someone's behavior "You're carrying on like a raw prawn" reckon .).party rage on . right. the system etc. don't you reckon?" "Mate. of poor quality rubbish .pleased." "Yeah.original. that'd be right. absolutely. I reckon it's bloody hot!") rego . extremely drunk raw prawn." (an exclamation of delight or as a reaction to good news).(adj) rough. a scam.) rough as guts . fiddling.") rip snorter .okay or that's right. defrauding (expenses. ("It's hot. meaning splendid. possibly from rippa .great. to arrive root . rage .(n) something that is excellent. not working properly.

" shout – to treat someone or to pay for something.instant lottery ticket sealed road – a road covered in bitumen. lunch shed. weather shed or undercover area – in most States a simple detached building for the protection of school children from hostile weather shirty . servo . To "chuck a sickie" or "Pull a sickie" is to partake in such a day. scrag fight . shoot through . usually from being caught in the rain.full of shit. underhanded. coming from the showbags sold at the Sydney & Melbourne Easter Shows. sometimes due to feigned illness. usually intensified in the phrase fully sick sickie – a day of absence from work. where shame is a major factor.service station (i. o to dob someone in o a union worker who goes to work when the company is on strike o a non-union worker that breaks picket lines to work when the normal workers are on strike o one who is tight with money or possessions scrag o an unattractive woman. e. especially a round of drinks showbag . shonky – poorly made. dubious. excellent shits . she'll be right .to leave shot . As in "oh shame job man" and "shame. shit-hot – exclamation.it will be okay. a general pacifier sheltershed. used to claim ownership. shower in a can . equivalent to paved road in British English. somewhat like bum or cadge (UK). skite . scratchy . Usually used by school-aged children.can be used in several expressions including: shits me (or more strongly shits me to tears) and gives me the shits all meaning a combination of "annoys me" and "makes me angry.a fight between two women. of low quality. it'll turn out all right. "I shotgun the front seat" sick – very good.derivative of 'bags'.com . brag 16 Mr_doody2004@yahoo.g.woman. "She's a scrag moll" o holding someone back by the neck or garment. To wring someone's neck. particularly when used in lieu of actual bathing.to be extremely wet. ie "Don't get all shirty at me just because you bought the wrong beer" shitfaced . the word and phrase has been adapted in to general English in areas with a large Aboriginal population.polite version of shitty or pissed off. commonly when the person is getting angry or upset over something trivial.deodorant. from saturated scab o to take something with no direct recompense.e.S • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • satched . dishonest. A rough or unkempt woman.boast.inebriated. let's shoot through" shotgun .abandoning some venture one has become sick of. sheila . usually physical. petrol station / gas station) shame or shame job – based on Aboriginal culture. shame". "I'm shot of this. something against their plans or is being contradicted.

sunbathe super – short for superannuation.good. that Chris is a bonzer bloke. to have a plan swag .com 17 . Abbreviation of "God's truth" ("Strewth.exclamation. is an alternative.either extremely tired or drunk sledge . I'll be . I was spewin!".very pleased strewth! . equates to the US 401k suss o suspicious. Straya is an attempt to express the pronunciation of "Australia".easy or loose female slaughtered . 'Chopper Read had a notorious career as a standover man' station . stuffed – exhausted. the Australian term for a private retirement pension. as in "Take a squiz at the new house. spiffy." spew . to throw a temper tantrum. pretty spiffy .vomit spewin – (short for spewing) angry/disappointed eg. usually cricket sleepout . carried by a swagman sweet – fine.using intimination or threat of violence to coerce others into submission or compliance eg. From the Broad Australian pronunciation of "Australian". In the same vein. tired stuffed." standover .very obvious stickybeak – to nose around stoked .to insult members of the opposing team in a sports match.g. "He went spare. you slurry".expression of surprise stung . British flog sprung .caught doing something wrong squiz – a look.a story irrelevant to the current line of conversation. "I can't believe I missed the footy last night. excellent spit the dummy – get very upset at something. Abbreviation of "strike a light!" Strine or Strayan – Australian spoken English.") strike! .exclamation. mild oath. thanks sticking out like dog's balls . similar to slut or skank.house verandah converted to a bedroom slurry . to uncover something/someone o to have something worked out.rolled up bedding etc.a promiscuous young woman. stella . good Mr_doody2004@yahoo.hung over. spare – very angry or upset e. disappointed sunbake .a big farm/grazing property steak .• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • slapper . Can be used affectionately among close friends "Come over here.great. in reference to a baby who becomes so angry. cf. suspect o to figure something out. that he spits the dummy out of his mouth spruik – to promote or sell something. pleasing.

the tendency to criticise these people technicolour yawn.clumsy.a gambling game played by flipping two coins simultaneously U • • • • • • • U-ey (chuck a U-ey. a can of beer tinny.to vomit tee-up . you're about as useful as tits on a bull" toey . that is correct troppo.Something completely useless. can be used in relation to a person "Darren. political or economic reasons act egotistical and flaunt their success without humility.thrifty with money tinny .turpentine. alcoholic drink two up . nervous.swimming costume. uncoordinated uni . as useful as .T • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ta .relax in front of the TV (like a vegetable) Mr_doody2004@yahoo. distracted.completely loyal to a person or belief turps .perform a U-turn in a vehicle un-Australian – considered to be an example of unacceptable behaviour or policy in Australia or undertaken by Australians particularly when it violates cultural or traditional values. to have on oneself .to have escaped to a state of tropical madness. apartment up oneself . to have a . bathers too right – definitely.on edge. rarely used outside of politics or current affairs shows unco .to have a high opinion of oneself tight .university unit . making fun of (cf.to set up (an appointment) tickets. due to social.thank you.small aluminium boat. to have lost the veneer of civilisation after spending too long in the tropics true blue . taking the mickey) tall poppy syndrome .have a high opinion of oneself up somebody.lucky Tits on a bull.the attitude taken by common people of resenting those who. hang a U-ey) .to rebuke somebody V • veg out . get . derived from infant speech taking the piss. horny togs .com 18 .flat. gone . tin-arsed .

Originally a reference to the migration of indigenous Australians living a traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle. to give. to undertake a task unprepared . whiteant . Hence it's gone walkabout meaning it's lost." (obviously it's not) "What do you think this is. Predominately used in Queensland.flu or trivial illness. youse – you (plural)pronounced like the English word 'Use'. A car dealer might whiteant another dealer's cars or a real estate salesman might whiteant another agent's property wrap your laughing gear . X Y • • • • • yabber . to play truant walkabout .disbelieving response to some one you think is trying to con you."Have you prepared a speech? Nah.W • • • • • • • • • • wag – to skip school or work to do something else on someone else's time. I'll just wing it.com 19 . wrap your laughing gear round this" wobbly . Often used in the context of offering food to someone. also the grasstree Xanthorrhoea.talk (a lot) yakka . I can. similar to crying.(verb) to criticise something to deter somebody from buying it. "The car's in a great condition. yarn . including: denotation of conclusion of cursory difference(s) of opinion between speakers ("yeahnah. however. see where you're coming from"). Sometimes shortened to "whatever" co-existing with American usage and meaning of the same term.complain.to eat something.a dismissive to indicate that a person is lying or talking rubbish.(verb) to talk yeah-no/yeah-nah . wing . it can't be found. "Here. eg.to pass. bush week? .excitable behaviour ("I complained about the food and the waiter threw a wobbly.non-commital expression with various applications. also used as a term to describe Australians of Southern European descent.meaning to take a journey of significant duration with no specific destination. and/or perceived escalations of discord ("yeah-nah. he's a top bloke at the end of the day"). eg: 'can youse come over here?' 'how are youse?' Z Mr_doody2004@yahoo.(noun) usually preceded by hard. bush week?" Whatever you reckon . but more commonly used for adults." What do you think this is. In particular a "whinger" is someone who disagrees in an annoying fashion. whinge .") wog . (hard) work.

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