A Quick Guide to Australian Slang

By Rachael Funk


So you’re headed for Australia. Good onya! People in Straya have a knack for nicknames, abbreviations, and euphemisms when they speak. Before you slide on your sunnies and pack up the trackie dacks, check out this guide to some popular Aussie terms so you can keep up!


Straya

Meaning: Australia

Welcome to Straya!

Gold

Meaning: awesome, very cool

That AC/DC show was gold, mate.

Stickybeak

Meaning: an inquisitive, prying person.

Mind your own business, stickybeak!

She’ll be right

Meaning: everything will be ok

No worries about the match, mate. She’ll be right.

Arvo

Meaning: Afternoon

I’ll be back this arvo!


Trackie dacks

Meaning: sweatpants

Please don’t wear your trackie dacks on our date.

Face like a dropped pie

Meaning: ugly

His dog has a face like a dropped pie.

Blower

Meaning: the phone

I'm on the blower, could you see who's at the door?

Ripper

Meaning: really good

It was a ripper of a party.

Bludger

Meaning: someone who’s lazy

That bludger didn’t even lock the door behind himself.


Sunnies

Meaning: Sunglasses

Don’t forget your sunnies.

Crack onto

Meaning: hitting on someone, flirting

Couldn’t tell if he was cracking onto me or if he was just friendly.

Pash

Meaning: a passionate kiss

Take Jack’s seat, he’s outside having a pash with the bartender.

Chuck a sickie

Meaning: calling in sick

Chuck a sickie and come to the beach with us.

Brekkie

Meaning: breakfast

I like to take a swim before brekkie.


Servo

Meaning: gas station

Grab some chips while you’re at the servo.

Whinge

Meaning: whining

Don’t mind him, he’s just having a whinge about missing his flight.

Dunny

Meaning: a toilet

Kate’s run to the dunny before we go.

Chockers

Meaning: a crowded space, something that is very full

The pub was chockers today.

Fair dinkum

Meaning: unquestionably good or genuine. Also used to express approval

This beer’s fair dinkum!


Togs

Meaning: a swimsuit

Hope you’re in your togs because we’re going swimming in Sydney harbor!

Stubbie

Meaning: a bottle of beer

We’re out of stubbies, but there’s still a slab of tinnies.

Sweet as

Meaning: awesome

That movie was sweet as!

Ta

Meaning: thank you

“Snagged you some Tim Tams.”
“Ta!”

Woop woop

Meaning: somewhere far away from everything, middle of nowhere

The car park is chockers so we had to park in woop woop.

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