100 Australian Words And Sayings Everyone Should Know

Every language has its own slang and phrases you should master to sound like a true native speaker. Australian English is no exception.

You may have heard “G’day mate”, “fair dinkum”, and “strewth!” before, but the dialect is much broader than that. Try these next time you speak to an Aussie and you might convince them you’re “true blue”.


Meaning: Afternoon

Bloody ripper

Meaning: Really awesome


Meaning:Highly intoxicated

Blowing the froth off a few

Meaning: Drinking alcohol


Meaning: Someone who is lazy or doesn’t work


Meaning: A bricklayer


Meaning: An uncouth or unsophisticated person


Meaning: A liquor store


Meaning: Umbrella

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I hate it.”]


Meaning: Exhausted

Can’t be arsed

Meaning: Can’t be bothered to do something

Cark it

Meaning: Die, stop functioning

Carrying on like a pork chop

Meaning: Someone acting silly or crazy


Meaning: A carpenter


Meaning: Full to the brim

Chuck a sickie

Meaning: Taking a day off work or school without necessarily being sick

Chuck a U-ey

Meaning: To make a U-turn in a vehicle


Meaning: Vomit


Meaning: An exclamation used to express mild surprise

Cracking the sh*ts

Meaning: Getting stroppy or angry


Meaning: Sick or ill


Meaning: To be angry or upset

Dead horse

Meaning: Tomato sauce or ketchup


Meaning: Absolute or definite


Meaning: Definitely


Meaning: Devastated

Dogged it

Meaning: Didn’t show up

Dog’s breakfast

Meaning: A mess or a complicated situation


Meaning: A stupid or incompetent person

Drop your guts

Meaning: To pass wind

Dry as a dead dingo’s donga

Meaning: To be thirsty, usually for alcohol


Meaning: Toilet

[referenced url=”https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/07/plonk-a-language-lovers-guide-to-australian-drinking/” thumb=”https://www.lifehacker.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/06/DrinkingOz-410×231.jpg” title=”Plonk: A Language Lover’s Guide To Australian Drinking” excerpt=”The hard-drinking Aussie is the stuff of legend and lore. But there’s little proof Australians drank more than other colonials and by some accounts they drank less (points made in Sidney Baker’s The Australian Language). But, of course, we do enjoy a drink – at times a little too much – and a rich bevy of terms suggest we do it in Australian ways. merrily, tongue in cheek and with a shout or two.”]

Durry / dart

Meaning: Cigarette


Meaning: Suspicious or sketchy

Fair dinkum

Meaning: An exclamation to proclaim something as true or genuine

Fair shake of the sauce bottle / fair crack of the whip

Meaning: To give someone a fair go or chance


Meaning: Dirty or disgusting

Few roos loose in the top paddock

Meaning: Someone not very bright or slightly crazy

Fix you up

Meaning: Pay back money owed


Meaning: A shirt made from flannelette

Flaming galah

Meaning: An insult used to describe a fool or an idiot

Flat chat

Meaning: Very busy


Meaning: Australian Football League (AFL), Rugby Union (Union) or Rugby League (NRL), but not football (see soccer).


Meaning: Very keen


Meaning: A rumour or story, that’s untrue or absurd


Meaning: Hi or hello


Meaning: A garbage collector

Gone walkabout

Meaning: To go missing or head off without warning

Goon bag

Meaning: The silver pouch inside a cask wine box


Meaning: A light-hearted insult to describe a foolish person

Hard yakka

Meaning: Hard work

Have a go, ya mug

Meaning: Used to encourage someone to attempt something, usually if they are unsure

A head like a dropped pie

Meaning: Describing someone who is unattractive


Meaning: See you later/goodbye


Meaning: Hungover

Ken Oath

Meaning: “F*****g oath”. A similar term to “dead set” or “fair dinkum”.


Meaning: Tired

Loose cannon

Meaning: Someone who has no self control


Meaning: McDonald’s

Mates rates

Meaning: Discounts

Nah, yeah

Meaning: Yes (“Yeah, nah” = no)

No wuckin’ furries

Meaning: A fun way to say “No f*****g worries.” Not a problem or you’re welcome

Not here to f**k spiders

Meaning: Let’s get the job done


Meaning: Someone with a heavy Australian accent or mannerisms

On the cans

Meaning: Drinking alcohol


Meaning: An insult similar to “goose”

Playing for sheep stations

Meaning: Used either seriously or ironically to describe something as a big deal, or make it not seem so important


Meaning: Legitimate; the real deal

Sausage sizzle

Meaning: A sausage served in white bread with tomato sauce. Used as a fundraiser, especially at election polling booths (a “democracy sausage”).


Meaning: Service or petrol station

Shark biscuit

Meaning: Someone learning to surf

She’ll be right

Meaning: Everything will be fine


Meaning: To buy the next round of drinks


Meaning: Drinking alcohol from a shoe to celebrate a win


Meaning: A quick break from work for a cigarette or snack


Meaning: Someone employed as an electrician

Spit the dummy

Meaning: To throw a tantrum


Meaning: Football with a round ball, such as the EPL.

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Meaning: Very happy

Straight to the pool room

Meaning: Used to describe something of high quality or to be proud of


Meaning: A can of beer

Stubby holder
Meaning: An insulated sleeve to keep a beer cold


Meaning: Used to express surprise or dismay


Meaning: Suspicious

Suss it out

Meaning: To figure out a tricky or unknown situation

Taking the piss

Meaning: To make fun of someone or something in a light-hearted way

Tell him he’s dreamin’

Meaning: Used to describe someone with unrealistic expectations

The lot

Meaning: An Aussie burger containing meat, lettuce, egg, bacon, pineapple, cheese, beetroot and sauce


Meaning: A can of beer or a small aluminium boat with an outboard on the back


Meaning: Rubber flip flops

Tickets on yourself

Meaning: Used to describe someone with an inflated opinion of themselves

Top bloke

Meaning: A good guy


Meaning: A jerk (and variation on “w**ker”).

Tracky dacks

Meaning: Sweat pants


Meaning: A tradesperson


Meaning: A truck driver

True blue

Meaning: Genuine; authentically Australian


Meaning: Alcohol

Up the duff

Meaning: Pregnant


Meaning: Bottom; but “up the waazoo” can mean “lots of something”

[referenced url=”https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/05/do-australian-fast-food-chains-have-a-secret-menu/” thumb=”https://www.lifehacker.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2017/05/Burrrger-410×231.jpg” title=”Try These 11 Australian Fast Food ‘Secret Menu’ Hacks” excerpt=”For lovers of burgers and fast food, the legend of the “secret menu” is a tantalising one, promising a secret club of tasty, cheap and ridiculously over the top food. Only one fast food outlet has openly confirmed having a secret menu — and that’s the infamous In-N-Out, which is sadly not available outside of the US (unless you make your own). So how do we go for secret menus here, in the land down under?”]

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