“Crikey, Fair suck of the sauce bottle mate. It’s beer o’clock. I’m going to Do the Harry and Hit the frog and toad. Catch ya later”
Translation – Wow, is that the time. I need a beer. I going to leave. Goodbye.
So, What language is this?
If you live in Australia you will understand the above phrase. If you are new to Aussie slang then it can be pretty hard to get your head around. There are lots of Australian slang words that you should learn when you live in Australia or you will find yourself sometimes confused by some of the jargon that is used.
Australians are generally a very easy-going bunch, and this is often reflected in how they speak. They have a reputation for shortening 90% of the words they use to create what is known as Australian Slang – I mean – where else in the world is McDonald’s (the world-renowned fast-food chain) called Maccas?!
For the most part, this shortening of words is pretty straightforward and easy to understand/translate. And if you want to join in, just remove the last few letters of a word and replace them with a vowel sound (-a, -ie/y, -o). Avocado = Avo; Kangaroo = Roo; Mosquito = Mozzie etc.
There is so much more to Aussie slang than shortening and adding an O to the end of a word. In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of Aussie Slang words and phrases and their meanings.
Aussie Slang Words and Phrases
Ace! – Excellent! Very good!
Acker – Jason Ackermanis, footballer.
Aerial Ping-Pong – Australian Rules football
All alone like a country dunny = Someone on their own, or someone who is lonely.
Amber fluid – beer
Ambo – ambulance, ambulance driver
Ankle biter – small child
Apples = “She’ll be apples”, “it’s apples”, or “everything’s apples”. Meaning everything will be alright. Taken from the rhyming slang “apples and spice” for “nice”.
Apple Isle = Tasmania. Derived from the large apple-growing industry in Tasmania
Aight – Alright e.g. She’ll be alright
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 blocks = Referring to a place that is far from the city, or far from town, e.g. “they’re living out in the back blocks”.
Back of Bourke – a very long way away
Bail (somebody) up – to corner somebody physically
Bailout – depart, usually angrily
Banana bender – a person from Queensland
Bananaland – Queensland, so-named as a lot of bananas are grown in that state, is located in the tropical north of Australia.
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
Bee’s dick = Something very small, or used as an indication of a short distance or a close call, e.g. “he missed crashing into the truck by a bee’s dick”, “he was a bee’s dick away from being sacked”. Derived from the imagined length of a bee’s genitalia.
Bee’s knees – Something very good. Often used in a negative sense regarding a person with an over-inflated opinion of themselves, e.g. “He really thinks he’s the bee’s knees, doesn’t he?”
Berko – To go berserk, to be really angry and out of control; e.g. “he went berko when he was told he was sacked”.
Best thing since sliced bread = Something that is very good, a great invention. Derived from the innovation of bakers selling pre-sliced bread, instead of whole loaves, which consumers had to cut up themselves with a bread knife.
Big Smoke – a big city, especially Sydney or Melbourne
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… it’s also another word for a bong in some regions
Bingle – motor vehicle accident
Bities – biting insects
Bitzer – mongrel dog (bits of this and bits of that)
Black Stump, beyond the – a long way away, the back of nowhere
Bloke – man, guy
Bloody – very (bloody hard yakka)
Bloody oath! – Exclamation. That’s certainly true
Blow in the bag – have a breathalyser test
Blowie – blowfly
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 – A person, generally low-socio economic, who takes little pride in his appearance or manner, spends his days slacking and drinking beer and has a specific dialect.
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 body board
Boomer – a large male kangaroo / Baby boomer
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)
Bottled it – screwed up
Bounce – a bully
Bowlo – A bowling and community club is a “bowlo.”
(Not my) Cup of tea – I don’t like it
Brass razoo – he’s very poor e.g. He hasn’t got a brass razoo
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 (From the story of Buckley the convict) e.g. Buckley’s chance of beating New Zealand.
Budgie smugglers – men’s bathing costume
Bullbar / Roo Bar – stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos (also roo bar)
Bum steer – Given the wrong information, received the wrong directions, misled.
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 – Bashing through the bush without a trail.
Bush oyster – nasal mucus
Bush telly – campfire
Bushie – someone who lives in the Bush
Bushman’s hanky / Snot rocket – 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 – an unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own grog, also similar party or barbecue
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
Cark it – to die, cease functioning
Cat burying shit, as busy as a – busy
Cat’s piss, as mean as – mean, stingy, uncharitable
Captain Cook – Look. Have a Captain Cook = Have a look
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 fatty – 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.
Cunt – Many connotations – most of which are actually positive e.g. good cunt / sick cunt
Cut lunch – sandwiches
Cut lunch commando – army reservist
Cut snake, mad as a – very angry
Dag – a funny person, nerd, goof
Daks – trousers
Damper – bread made from flour and water
Date – arse (“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 breakfast – made a mess of it.
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 subject”
Earbashing – nagging, non-stop chatter
Ekka – the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show
Esky – large, insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.
Exy – expensive
Eye candy – means ‘someone who is hot or very attractive.’ Easy on the eyes
Face, off one’s – drunk (“He was off his face by 9 pm”)
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.
Flywire – 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 Freo
Freo – Fremantle in Western Australia
Frog in a sock, as cross as a – sounding angry – a person or your hard drive!
Frog and toad – Hitting the frog and toad is when you hit the road. Get out of ‘ere.
Fruitloop – fool / crazy person
Full – drunk
Furphy – false or unreliable rumour / a local victorian beer
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, your 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, less often, a hotel
Hottie – hot water bottle
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
John Dory – Story/ Gossip. Whats the John dory = What’s the Story/ gossip?
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
Kick on/kickons – To kick on after a party “After that we went to kickons”
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”)
Lobster, pineapple, gray nurse – The $20 note being a sparkling red (lobster) and the $50 note being bright yellow (pineapple) lends itself to the phrase. The $100 note, a blue gray, has now been named after a shark (grey nurse).
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 a 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 – a colloquial indigenous term identifying a group of Aboriginal people associated with a particular place or country
Mole – An insult, generally to females of low sexual morals or appearance
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
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 / way of speaking
Offsider – an assistant, helper
Old fella – penis
Oldies – parents – “I’ll have to ask my oldies”
Op shop – opportunity shop, thrift store, place where secondhand 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
Perv (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
Quid, make a – earn a living – “are you making a quid?”
Quid, not the full – of low IQ.
Rack off – push off! get lost! get out of here! also “rack off, ya mole!”.
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!
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 night”
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
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 – something remarkable, “Marnus makes an absolute screamer of a catch”
Seppo (septic tank) – a Yank, or American
Servo – petrol station
Shag on a rock, stands out like a – very obvious “stands out like a shag on a rock”
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 or sharp
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
Stonker – Small and chunky
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 or full
Sunbake – sunbathe
Sunnies – sunglasses
Surfies – people who go surfing – usually more often than they go to work!
Swag – rolled up bedding etc. canvas and mattress an alternative to a tent
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 – a small bottle of beer which you can throw down quickly
Tickets, to have on oneself – to have a high opinion of oneself “he’s got tickets on himself”
Tinnie – can of beer
Tinny – small aluminium boat
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, illegal in Australia except for on Australia Day
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
Veggies – vegetables
Vee dub – Volkswagen
Veg out – relax in front of the TV (like a vegetable)
Veggo – 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 traditional walk in the Outback by Australian Aboriginals 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
Whingeing Pom – An Englishman who is always complaining.
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 – someone 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 – strait-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport
Wuss – coward; a sulky or 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