Australian Slangs From A-Z Every Pinoy Should Learn

Are you anxious on your first day living in Down Under?  Before your scheduled departure date, you need to do a lot of research about living in Down Under for you to survive and fulfill your dreams.  First, you need to learn and understand how Australian’s speaks and learn a few slangs from them.

Australian Slangs from A-Z every Pinoy OFW should know before arriving in Australia.



Ace! : Excellent! Very good! Aerial pingpong : Australian Rules football Amber fluid : beer Ambo : ambulance, ambulance driver Ankle biter : small child Apples, she’ll be : It’ll be all right Arvo : afternoon Aussie (pron. Ozzie) : Australian Aussie salute : brushing away flies with the hand Avos : avocados  


B & S : Bachelors’ and Spinsters’ Ball – a very enjoyable party usually held in rural areas Back of Bourke : a very long way away Bail (somebody) up : to corner somebody physically Bail out : depart, usually angrily Banana bender : a person from Queensland Barbie : barbecue (noun) Barrack : to cheer on (football team etc.) Bastard : term of endearment Bathers : swimming costume Battler : someone working hard and only just making a living Beaut, beauty : great, fantastic Big Smoke : a big city, especially Sydney or Melbourne Big-note oneself : brag, boast Bikkie : biscuit (also “it cost big bikkies” – it was expensive) Billabong : an oxbow lake cut off by a change in the watercourse. Billabongs are usually formed when the course of a creek or river changes, leaving the former branch with a dead end. Billy : teapot. Container for boiling water. Bingle : motor vehicle accident Bities : biting insects Bitzer : mongrel dog (bits of this and bits of that) Bizzo : business (“mind your own bizzo”) Black Stump, beyond the : a long way away, the back of nowhere Bloke : man, guy Bloody : very (bloody hard yakka) Bloody oath! : that’s certainly true Blowie : blow fly Bludger : lazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on other people to do things or lend him things Blue : fight (“he was having a blue with his wife”) Blue, make a : make a mistake Bluey : pack, equipment, traffic ticket, redhead Bluey : blue cattle dog (named after its subtle markings) which is an excellent working dog. Everyone’s favourite all-Aussie dog. Bluey : heavy wool or felt jacket worn by mining and construction workers. Bluey : bluebottle jellyfish Bodgy : of inferior quality Bog in : commence eating, to attack food with enthusiasm Bog standard : basic, unadorned, without accessories (a bog standard car, telephone etc.) Bogan : person who takes little pride in his appearance, spends his days slacking and drinking beer Bogged : Stuck in mud, deep sand (a vehicle). Boil-over : an unexpected (sporting) result Bondi cigar : see “brown-eyed mullet” Bonzer : great, ripper Boogie board : a hybrid, half-sized surf board Boomer : a large male kangaroo Booze bus : police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers Boozer : a pub Bored shitless : very bored Bottle shop : liquor shop Bottle-o : liquor shop (originally a man with hessian bags going around picking up beer bottles in the 50’s and 60’s) Bottler : something excellent Bottling, his blood’s worth : he’s an excellent, helpful bloke. Bounce : a bully Bourke Street, he doesn’t know Christmas from : he’s a bit slow in the head. (Bourke Street is a brightly lit Melbourne street) Bowl of rice, not my : not my cup of tea; I don’t like it Brass razoo, he hasn’t got a : he’s very poor Brekkie : breakfast Brick shit house, built like a : big strong bloke Brickie : bricklayer Brisvegas : Brisbane, state capital of Queensland Brizzie : Brisbane, state capital of Queensland Brown-eyed mullet : a turd in the sea (where you’re swimming!) Brumby : a wild horse Buck’s night : stag party, male gathering the night before the wedding Buckley’s, Buckley’s chance : no chance (“New Zealand stands Buckley’s of beating Australia at football”) Budgie smugglers : men’s bathing costume Bull bar : stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos (also roo bar) Bundy : short for Bundaberg, Queensland, and the brand of rum that’s made there Bunyip : mythical outback creature Bush : the hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn’t in town Bush bash : long competitive running or motorcar race through the bush Bush oyster : nasal mucus Bush telly : campfire Bushie : someone who lives in the Bush Bushman’s hanky : Emitting nasal mucus by placing one index finger on the outside of the nose (thus blocking one nostril) and blowing. Bushranger : highwayman, outlaw Butcher : small glass of beer in South Australia – From the theory that a butcher could take a quick break from his job, have a drink and be back at work BYO : unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own grog, also similar party or barbecue kangkaroos in golf courses Australian Slangs From A Z Every Pinoy Should Learn


Cab Sav : Cabernet Sauvignon (a variety of wine grape) Cactus : dead, not functioning (“this bloody washing machine is cactus”) Cane toad : a person from Queensland Captain Cook : look (noun) (“let’s have a Captain Cook”) Cark it : to die, cease functioning Cat burying shit, as busy as a : busy Cat’s piss, as mean as : mean, stingy, uncharitable Chewie : chewing gum Chokkie : chocolate Chook : a chicken Chrissie : Christmas Christmas : see Bourke Street Chuck a sickie : take the day off sick from work when you’re perfectly healthy Chunder : vomit Clacker : anus (from Latin cloaca = sewer). Also the single orifice of monotremes (platypus and echidna) used both for reproduction and for the elimination of body wastes. Clayton’s : fake, substitute Cleanskin : Bottle of wine without a label. Usually bought in bulk by companies who then add their own personalised label and use the wine as e.g. gifts to clients Cleanskin : cattle that have not been branded, earmarked or castrated. Click : kilometre – “it’s 10 clicks away” Clucky : feeling broody or maternal Coathanger : Sydney Harbour bridge Cobber : friend Cockie : farmer (Farmers were called cockies in the early days of European settlement because, like the birds of the same name, they made their homes on the edges of permanent waterholes) Cockie : cockatoo Cockie : cockroach Cockroach : a person from New South Wales Coldie : a beer Come a gutser : make a bad mistake, have an accident Compo : Workers’ Compensation pay Conch (adj. conchy) : a conscientious person. Somebody who would rather work or study than go out and enjoy him/herself. Cooee, not within : figuratively a long way away, far off – England weren’t within cooee of beating Australia at cricket Cooee, within : nearby – I was within cooee of landing a big fish when the line broke. He lives within cooee of Sydney. Cook (noun) : One’s wife Corker : something excellent. A good stroke in cricket might be described as a ‘corker of a shot’ Corroboree : an aboriginal dance festival Counter lunch/Countery : pub lunch Cozzie : swimming costume Crack a fat : get an erection Crack onto (someone) : to hit on someone, pursue someone romantically Cranky : in a bad mood, angry Cream (verb) : defeat by a large margin Crook : sick, or badly made Crow eater : a person from South Australia Cubby house : Small, usually timber, house in the garden used as a children’s plaything. Cut lunch : sandwiches Cut lunch commando : army reservist Cut snake, mad as a : very angry

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Dag : a funny person, nerd, goof Daks : trousers Damper : bread made from flour and water Date : arse[hole] (“get off your fat date”) Dead dingo’s donger, as dry as a : dry Dead horse : Tomato sauce Deadset : true, the truth Dero : tramp, hobo, homeless person (from “derelict”) Dickhead : see “whacker” Digger : a soldier Dill : an idiot Dingo’s breakfast : a yawn, a leak and a good look round (i.e. no breakfast) Dinkum, fair dinkum : true, real, genuine (“I’m a dinkum Aussie”; “is he fair dinkum?”) Dinky-di : the real thing, genuine Dipstick : a loser, idiot Divvy van : Police vehicle used for transporting criminals. Named after the protective ‘division’ between the driver and the villains. Dob (somebody) in : inform on somebody. Hence dobber, a tell-tale Docket : a bill, receipt Doco : documentary Dog : unattractive woman Dog’s balls, stands out like : obvious Dog’s eye : meat pie Dole bludger : somebody on social assistance when unjustified Donger : penis Doodle : penis Doovalacky : used whenever you can’t remember what something is called. Thingummyjig, whatsit. Down Under : Australia and New Zealand Drink with the flies : to drink alone Drongo : a dope, stupid person Dropkick : see ‘dipstick’ Drum : information, tip-off (“I’ll give you the drum”) Duchess : sideboard Duffer, cattle : rustler Dummy, spit the : get very upset at something Dunny : outside lavatory Dunny budgie : blowfly Dunny rat, cunning as a : very cunning Durry : tobacco, cigarette Dux : top of the class (n.); to be top of the class (v.) – “She duxed four of her subjects”.  


Earbashing : nagging, non-stop chatter Ekka : the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show Esky : large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc. Exy : expensive


Face, off one’s : drunk (“He was off his face by 9pm”) Fair dinkum : true, genuine Fair go : a chance (“give a bloke a fair go”) Fair suck of the sav! : exclamation of wonder, awe, disbelief (see also “sav”) Fairy floss : candy floss, cotton candy Feral : V8 ute (q.v.) sporting large heavy bullbar, numerous aerials, large truck mudflaps and stickers almost all over the rear window and tailgate. Sometimes seen with a Mack emblem on the bonnet and always with large (multiple) driving lights Feral (n.) : a hippie Figjam : “F*ck I’m good; just ask me”. Nickname for people who have a high opinion of themselves. Fisho : fishmonger Flake : shark’s flesh (sold in fish & chips shops) Flat out like a lizard drinking : flat out, busy Flick : to give something or somebody the flick is to get rid of it or him/her Flick it on : to sell something, usually for a quick profit, soon after buying it. Fly wire : gauze flyscreen covering a window or doorway. Footy : Australian Rules football Fossick : search, rummage (“fossicking through the kitchen drawers”) Fossick : to prospect, e.g. for gold Fossicker : prospector, e.g. for gold Franger : condom Freckle : anus Fremantle Doctor : the cooling afternoon breeze that arrives in Perth from the direction of Freeo Freo : Fremantle in Western Australia Frog in a sock, as cross as a : sounding angry – a person or your hard drive! Fruit loop : fool Full : drunk Furphy : false or unreliable rumour

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G’Day : hello! Gabba : Wooloongabba – the Brisbane cricket ground GAFA (pron. gaffa) : the big nothingness of the Australian Outback. Great Australian F**k All. Galah : fool, silly person. Named after the bird of the same name because of its antics and the noise it makes. Garbo, garbologist : municipal garbage collector Give it a burl : try it, have a go Gobful, give a : to abuse, usually justifiably (“The neighbours were having a noisy party so I went and gave them a gobful”) Gobsmacked : surprised, astounded Going off : used of a night spot or party that is a lot of fun – “the place was really going off” Good oil : useful information, a good idea, the truth Good onya : good for you, well done Goog, as full as a : drunk. “Goog” is a variation of the northern English slangword “goggie” meaning an egg. Greenie : environmentalist Grinning like a shot fox : very happy, smugly satisfied Grog : liquor, beer (“bring your own grog, you bludger”) Grouse (adj.) : great, terrific, very good Grundies : undies, underwear (from Reg Grundy, a television person) Gutful of piss : drunk, “he’s got a gutful of piss” Gyno : gynaecologist


Handle : beer glass with a handle Harold Holt, to do the : To bolt. (Also “to do the Harold”) Heaps : a lot, e.g. “thanks heaps”, “(s)he earned heaps of money” etc. Holy dooley! : an exclamation of surprise = “Good heavens!”, “My goodness!” “Good grief!” or similar Hoon : hooligan Hooroo : goodbye Hotel : often just a pub Hottie : hot water bottle

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Icy pole, ice block : popsicle, lollypop


Jackaroo : a male trainee station manager or station hand (a station is a big farm/grazing property) Jillaroo : a female trainee station manager or station hand Joey : baby kangaroo Journo : journalist Jug : electric kettle Jumbuck : sheep


Kangaroos loose in the top paddock : Intellectually inadequate (“he’s got kangaroos loose in the top paddock”) Kelpie : Australian sheepdog originally bred from Scottish collie Kero : kerosene Kindie : kindergarten Knock : to criticise Knock back : refusal (noun), refuse (transitive verb) Knocker : somebody who criticises


Lair : a flashily dressed young man of brash and vulgar behaviour, to dress up in flashy clothes, to renovate or dress up something in bad taste Lair it up : to behave in a brash and vulgar manner Larrikin : a bloke who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster Lend of, to have a : to take advantage of somebody’s gullibility, to have someone on (“he’s having a lend of you”) Lippy : lipstick Liquid laugh : vomit Lizard drinking, flat out like a : flat out, busy Lob, lob in : drop in to see someone (“the rellies have lobbed”) Lollies : sweets, candy London to a brick : absolute certainty (“it’s London to a brick that taxes won’t go down”) Long paddock : the side of the road where livestock is grazed during droughts Longneck : 750ml bottle of beer in South Australia Lucky Country, The : Australia, where else? Lunch, who opened their? : OK, who farted? Lurk : illegal or underhanded racket


Maccas (pron. “mackers”) : McDonald’s (the hamburger place) Mallee bull, as fit as a : very fit and strong. The Mallee is very arid beef country in Victoria/South Australia. Manchester : Household linen, eg sheets etc. Mappa Tassie : map of Tasmania – a woman’s pubic area Mate : buddy, friend Mate’s rate, mate’s discount : cheaper than usual for a “friend” Matilda : swagman’s bedding, sleeping roll Metho : methylated spirits Mexican : a person from south of the Queensland or New South Wales border Mickey Mouse : excellent, very good. Beware though – in some parts of Australia it means inconsequential, frivolous or not very good! Middy : 285 ml beer glass in New South Wales Milk bar : corner shop that sells takeaway food Milko : milkman Mob : group of people, not necessarily troublesome Mob : family or herd (?) of kangaroos Mongrel : despicable person Moolah : money Mozzie : mosquito Muddy : mud crab (a great delicacy) Mug : friendly insult (“have a go, yer mug”), gullible person Mull : grass (the kind you smoke) Muster : round up sheep or cattle Mystery bag : a sausage
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Nasho : National Service (compulsory military service) Naughty, have a : have sex Never Never : the Outback, centre of Australia Nipper : young surf lifesaver No drama : same as ‘no worries’ No worries! : Expression of forgiveness or reassurance (No problem; forget about it; I can do it; Yes, I’ll do it) No-hoper : somebody who’ll never do well Not the full quid : not bright intellectually Nuddy, in the : naked Nun’s nasty, as dry as a : dry Nut out : hammer out or work out (an agreement, say)


O.S. : overseas (“he’s gone O.S.”) Ocker : an unsophisticated person Offsider : an assistant, helper Old fella : penis Oldies : parents – “I’ll have to ask my oldies” Op shop : opportunity shop, thrift store, place where second hand goods are sold. Outback : interior of Australia Oz : Australia!


Paddock : see ‘long paddock’ Pash : a long passionate kiss; hence “pashing on” Pav : Pavlova – a rich, creamy Australian / New Zealand dessert Perve (noun & verb) : looking lustfully at the opposite sex Piece of piss : easy task Pig’s arse! : I don’t agree with you Piker : Someone who doesn’t want to fit in with others socially, leaves parties early Pink slip, get the : get the sack (from the colour of the termination form) Pint : large glass of beer (esp. in South Australia) Piss : beer. Hence “hit the piss”, “sink some piss” Plate, bring a : Instruction on party or BBQ invitation to bring your own food. It doesn’t mean they’re short of crockery! Plonk : cheap wine Pokies : poker machines, fruit machines, gambling slot machines Polly : politician Pom, pommy, pommie : an Englishman • See the complaint about “Pom” etc. Pommy bastard : an Englishman (see also ‘bastard’) Pommy shower : using deodorant instead of taking a shower Pommy’s towel, as dry as a : very dry – based on the canard that Poms bathe about once a month Porky : Lie, untruth (pork pie = lie) Port : suitcase (portmanteau) Postie : postman, mailman Pot : 285 ml beer glass in Queensland and Victoria Pozzy : position – get a good pozzy at the football stadium Prezzy : present, gift
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Quid, make a : earn a living – “are you making a quid?” Quid, not the full : of low IQ. [Historical note: ‘quid’ is slang for a pound. £1 became $2 when Australia converted to decimal currency]


Rack off : push off! get lost! get out of here! also “rack off hairy legs!”. Rage : party Rage on : to continue partying – “we raged on until 3am” Rapt : pleased, delighted Ratbag : mild insult Raw prawn, to come the : to bullshit, to be generally disagreeable Reckon! : you bet! Absolutely! Reffo : refugee Rego : vehicle registration Rellie or relo : family relative Ridgy-didge : original, genuine Right, she’ll be : it’ll be all right Right, that’d be : Accepting bad news as inevitable. (“I went fishing but caught nothing.” “Yeah, that’d be right.”) Rip snorter : great, fantastic – “it was a rip snorter of a party” Ripper : great, fantastic – “it was a ripper party” Ripper, you little! : Exclamation of delight or as a reaction to good news Road train : big truck with many trailers Roadie : a beer you buy to take away with you Rock up : to turn up, to arrive – “we rocked up at their house at 8pm” Rollie : a cigarette that you roll yourself Roo : kangaroo Roo bar : stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos (also bull bar) Root (verb and noun) : synonym for f*ck in nearly all its senses: “I feel rooted”; “this washing machine is rooted”; “(s)he’s a good root”. A very useful word in fairly polite company. Root rat : somebody who is constantly looking for sex. Ropeable : very angry Rort (verb or noun) : Cheating, fiddling, defrauding (expenses, the system etc.). Usually used of politicians Rotten : drunk – “I went out last night and got rotten” Rubbish (verb) : to criticize

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Salute, Aussie : brushing flies away Salvos, the : Salvation Army, bless them Sandgroper : a person from Western Australia Sanger : a sandwich Sav : saveloy (see also “fair suck of the sav!”) Schooner : large beer glass in Queensland; medium beer glass in South Australia Scratchy : instant lottery ticket Screamer : party lover; “two pot screamer” – somebody who gets drunk on very little alcohol Seppo : an American Servo : petrol station Shag on a rock, stands out like a : very obvious Shark biscuit : somebody new to surfing She’ll be right : it’ll turn out okay Sheepshagger : A New Zealander Sheila : a woman Shit house (adj.) : of poor quality, unenjoyable (“this car is shit house”, “the movie was shit house”) Shit house (noun) : toilet, lavatory Shonky : dubious, underhanded. E.g. a shonky practice, shonky business etc. Shoot through : to leave Shout : turn to buy – a round of drinks usually (“it’s your shout”) Show pony : someone who tries hard, by his dress or behaviour, to impress those around him. Sickie : day off sick from work (chuck a sickie = take the day off sick from work when you’re perfectly healthy!) Skite : boast, brag Skull/Skol (a beer) : to drink a beer in a single draught without taking a breath Slab : a carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer Sleepout : house verandah converted to a bedroom Smoko : smoke or coffee break Snag : a sausage Sook : person or animal who is soft, tame, inoffensive. Hence sooky (adj.) Spag bol : spaghetti bolognese Spewin’ : very angry Spiffy, pretty spiffy : great, excellent Spit the dummy : get very upset at something Spruiker : man who stands outside a nightclub or restaurant trying to persuade people to enter Sprung : caught doing something wrong Spunk : a good looking person (of either sex) Squizz (noun) : look – “take a squizz at this” Standover man : a large man, usually gang-related, who threatens people with physical violence in order to have his wishes carried out. Station : a big farm/grazing property Stickybeak : nosy person Stoked : very pleased Stonkered : beaten, defeated, cornered, perplexed Strewth : exclamation, mild oath (“Strewth, that Chris is a bonzer bloke”) Strides : trousers Strine : Australian slang and pronunciation Stubby : a 375ml. beer bottle Stubby holder : polystyrene insulated holder for a stubby Stuffed, I feel : I’m tired Stuffed, I’ll be : expression of surprise Sunbake : sunbathe Sunnies : sunglasses Surfies : people who go surfing – usually more often than they go to work! Swag : rolled up bedding etc. carried by a swagman Swaggie : swagman Swagman : tramp, hobo


Tall poppies : successful people Tall poppy syndrome : the tendency to criticize successful people Tallie : 750ml bottle of beer Taswegian : derogatory term for a person from Tasmania Tea : supper Technicolor yawn : vomit Tee-up : to set up (an appointment) Thingo : Wadjamacallit, thingummy, whatsit Thongs : cheap rubber backless sandals Throw-down : small bottle of beer which you can throw down quickly. Tickets, to have on oneself : to have a high opinion of oneself Tinny : can of beer Tinny : small aluminium boat Tinny, tin-arsed : lucky Togs : swim suit Too right! : definitely! Top End : far north of Australia Trackie daks/dacks : tracksuit pants Trackies : track suit Troppo, gone : to have escaped to a state of tropical madness; to have lost the veneer of civilisation after spending too long in the tropics. Trough lolly : the solid piece of perfumed disinfectant in a men’s urinal Truckie : truck driver True blue : patriotic Tucker : food Tucker-bag : food bag Turps : turpentine, alcoholic drink Turps, hit the : go on a drinking binge Two up : gambling game played by spinning two coins simultaneously

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Ugg boots : Australian sheepskin boots worn by surfers since at least the 1960s to keep warm while out of the water. Also worn by airmen during WW1 and WW2 because of the need to maintain warmth in non-pressurized planes at high altitudes. Ugh : ugly. hence Ugg boots Uni : university Unit : flat, apartment Up oneself : have a high opinion of oneself – “he’s really up himself” Up somebody, get : to rebuke somebody – “the boss got up me for being late” Useful as an ashtray on a motorbike / tits on a bull : unhelpful or incompetent person or thing – “he, she or it is about as useful as tits on a bull” etc. etc. Ute : utility vehicle, pickup truck


Vedgies : vegetables Vee dub : Volkswagen Veg out : relax in front of the TV (like a vegetable) Vejjo : vegetarian Vinnie’s : St. Vincent De Paul’s (charity thrift stores and hostels)


WACA (pron. whacker) : Western Australian Cricket Association and the Perth cricket ground Waggin’ school : playing truant Walkabout : a walk in the Outback by Aborigines that lasts for an indefinite amount of time Walkabout, it’s gone : it’s lost, can’t be found Weekend warrior : army reservist Whacker, whacka : Idiot; somebody who talks drivel; somebody with whom you have little patience; a dickhead Whinge : complain White pointers : topless (female) sunbathers Whiteant (verb) : to criticise something to deter somebody from buying it. A car dealer might whiteant another dealer’s cars or a real estate salesman might whiteant another agent’s property Wobbly : excitable behaviour (“I complained about the food and the waiter threw a wobbly”) Wobbly boot on, he’s got the : drunk Wog : flu or trivial illness Wog : person of Mediterranean origin. A milder insult than the same word in the UK and perhaps elsewhere. Wombat : somebody who eats, roots and leaves (see also root) Woop Woop : invented name for any small unimportant town – “he lives in Woop Woop” Wowser : straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport Wuss : coward; nervous person or animal


XXXX : pronounced Four X, brand of beer made in Queensland


Yabber : talk (a lot) Yabby : inland freshwater crayfish found in Australia (Cherax destructor) Yakka : work (noun) Yewy : u-turn in traffic (“chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights”) Yobbo : an uncouth person

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Zack : sixpence (5 cents) – “it isn’t worth a zack”, “he hasn’t got a zack”
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