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Thread: Aussie sayings

  1. #1
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    Nov 2001


    Here are a few? sayings for you poor yankies out there who don't understand all we Aussie might say:
    Alphabetical List:

    Acca- Academic (university-type!)
    Aggro- Aggressive
    Agro- Australian icon, children's TV puppet, made from a bathmat!
    Alco/Alkie- Alcoholic
    Amber Nectar/Amber Fluid- Beer
    Ambo- Ambulance or Ambulance Officer
    Ammo- Ammunition
    Ankle-biter- Infant
    ANZAC- Australian & New Zealand Army Corps
    Arvo- Afternoon
    Aussie salute- Using hand to wave away annoying flies

    B & S Ball- Ball held for Bachelors and Spinsters, singles crowd, often held in the bush or remote location and often involving copious amounts of alcohol and sometimes mud!
    Back blocks- Outer suburbs, beyond the city
    Back of Bourke- Beyond remote outback town in northern New South Wales; used to describe anywhere far away
    Baggy green- Term for the Australian Test Cricket Cap
    Bail- Depart or leave
    Bail Up- To rob or hold up; bail someone up in the street for a chat
    Bananabender- Person from Queensland State (Queenslander)
    Barbie- Barbecue, the backyard barbie, an Australian institution!
    Bargain- Exclamation showing approval
    Barney- Argument,fight
    Barrack- Cheer loudly for your favourite footy team
    Barra- Barramundi fish
    Barro- Embarrassing
    Bathers- Swimsuit
    Battler- Someone who struggles to get by, financially, against the odds
    Bean counter- An accountant
    Beanie- Woollen hat
    Beaut- Beautiful, good - "You beaut!" (also 'Bewdy')
    Bender- Heavy drinking session
    Berk- Idiot, fool
    Berko- Go berserk, mad, crazy
    Betcha- I bet you!
    Biffo- A fight
    Big bikkies- Lots of money
    Big smoke- The city
    Big sticks- Australian Rules football goal posts
    Bignote- A bighead
    Bikie- Motorbike rider
    Bikkie- Biscuit
    Billabong- Waterhole
    Billy- Tin used to boil water for tea, in the bush
    Bingle- Car accident
    Bit of a brothel- A mess!
    Bities- Biting insects
    Bitser- Mongrel;'Bitser this, bitser that!'
    Bizzo- Business
    Black Stump- Non-specific place in the outback
    Blob- No runs in cricket- 'out for a blob'
    Bloke- Man,guy
    Blokey- Male domain, male-orientated
    Blotto- Drunk
    Blow-in- Newcomer
    Blowie- Blowfly
    Bludger- Lazy person
    Blue- Argument, fight
    Blue Heeler- Term for an Australian Cattle Dog
    Blue swimmer- $10 note, blue in colour
    Bluey- A redhead! Or a swag
    Boardies- Board shorts (for surfing)
    Boatie- Person into sailing
    Bonza- Great!
    Boofhead- Idiot
    Boomerang- Scheme which backfires on you; originating from the Aboriginal weapon made from a curved piece of wood which returns when thrown in the air
    Booze- Alcohol, normally beer!
    Booze bus- Police vehicle used in Random Breath-Testing exercises
    Booze cruise- Boat trip along the river either stopping at various pubs or offering plenty of alcohol to onboard passengers
    Bottleshop- Liquor store, off-licence
    Bottleo- Bottleshop
    Bozo- Idiot
    Brekkie- Breakfast
    Brissie- Brisbane, Capital of Queensland (Also Brizzie)
    Brownnose- A creep or crawler
    Brumby- A wild horse
    Buckley's- No chance!
    Buck's night- Stag party
    Bum- Buttocks
    Bunch of Fives- Fist
    Bunyip- Mythical Australian creature with a piercing cry
    Burl- Attempt, try
    Bush- Outside the city
    Bushed- Tired
    Bushie- Member of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
    Bushman's brekkie- To have no breakfast!
    Bushranger- Highwayman (eg. Ned Kelly)
    Bush Telegraph- 'Grapevine', word-of-mouth
    Bush tucker- Food gathered from nature, in the outback
    Bushwalking- Hiking in the bush
    Bust a gut- Work hard

    Cab Sav- Cabernet Sauvignon wine
    Cabbie- Taxi driver
    Cack- A cackle, have a laugh, or someone with a sense of humour!
    Cadbury- A cheap drunk (As in the Chocolate ad: " A glass and a half" )
    Camo- Camouflage clothing
    Cancer stick- A cigarette
    Cas- Hospital Casualty ward
    Cask- Boxed wine in a bladder
    Castle- Cricket stumps
    Cheerio- ****tail sausage, also means 'goodbye'!
    Chippy- A Carpenter
    Choof off- Leave, depart
    Chook- Chicken, term of affection, 'Chooky'
    Chrissie- Christmas
    Chuck- To throw, or be sick
    Chuck a spaz- Be angry (Also 'chuck a mental')
    Chuck a U-ie- Make a U-turn
    Chunder- Be sick, vomit
    Cobber- Mate, friend
    ****ie- ****roach or ****atoo
    Coldie- An ice-cold beer
    Compo- Worker's Compensation pay
    Convo- Conversation
    Cooee- A call used to find someone lost in the bush
    Cool Bananas- Everything's great, fine!
    Cop out- Give up or in
    Cossie- Swimsuit
    Couch Potato- Person who watches TV for long periods of time!
    Country mile- A great distance
    Cow juice- Milk
    Crash- Go to sleep, often at someone else's house!
    Crash hot- Wonderful, the best
    Crim- Criminal
    Croc- Crocodile
    Crock- Nonsense, rubbish
    Crook- Ill, sick (or thief)
    Croweater- Person from South Australia
    Crumblies- Elderly parents
    Cuppa- Cup of tea
    Cushie- To have it easy
    Cut lunch- Sandwiches

  2. #2
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    Nov 2001


    Dag- Idiot, or unfashionable person, 'daggy'
    Daks- Men's trousers
    Damper- Bread made from flour and water on a campfire in the bush
    Date roll- Toilet paper
    Dead horse- Sauce
    Deadbeat- Tired
    Deadcert- Definite, certain
    Deadhead- Good-for-nothing person
    Deadset- Truthful
    Dekko- Take a look
    Dero- Homeless person, derilict, hobo
    Didgeridoo- Aboriginal musical instrument made from a hollowed log
    Digger- Australian soldier (usually WW1 vets)
    Dill- Idiot
    Dinkie-Di- Genuine, honest
    Dipstick- Stupid person
    Dob in- Inform on someone (Dobber = Informant)
    Doco- Documentary
    Doona- Duvet, quilt
    Doozey- Something nice or pleasing
    Down Under- Referring to Australia or the South Pacific region
    Drongo- Idiot
    Duck- No runs in cricket
    Duck's dinner- Drink of water, with nothing to eat
    Duds- Trousers
    Dunny- Toilet, referring to the old outdoor unplumbed variety

    Earbash- Non-stop chatter
    Ekka- Exhibition
    Esky- Insulated cooler box
    Exsie- Expensive

    Face Fungus- Moustache or beard
    Fair dinkum- Good, honest, truthful
    Fair go- Reasonable chance
    Fam- Family
    Fang- Snack, lunch
    Fang Carpenter- Dentist
    Fang it- Drive fast (inspired by Fangio)
    Farnarkel- Mess around, talk rubbish
    Feed- Meal
    Fess up- Confess, own up
    Fireie- Fire fighter
    Five-finger discount- Act of shoplifting
    Flannie- Flannelette shirt
    Fleabag- Term for the family dog (non-pedigree)
    Floater- Meat pie served with mushy pea soup
    Folkie- Person into Folk music scene
    Foodie- Person interested in fine foods
    Footie- Regional term for either Australian Rules Football, or Rugby League or Union!
    Fossil- Geriatric, old person
    Franger- Condom
    Freebie- Something that costs nothing
    Freshie- Freshwater crocodile
    Fruit loop- Idiot
    Full-on- Expression of approval or surprise; intense
    Furniture- Cricket stumps
    Furphy- Rumour or lie

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    Nov 2001


    G'day- Greeting, hello! (good day to you!)
    Gabba- Queensland Cricket Ground at Woolloongabba
    Galah- Noisy, rude person, like the squawking bird
    Garbo- Garbageman, refuse collector, bin-man
    Germ- An obnoxious person
    Gerrie- Geriatric, old person
    God botherer- Religious fanatic (of the door-to-door variety!)
    Goodonyermate!- Good for you, well done!
    Good call- Well done!
    Good nick- Good condition
    Goog- Egg
    Goonie- Cheap cask wine
    Green & gold- Australian sport national team colours
    Green can- Term for VB beer
    Greenie- Environmentalist
    Grog- Alcohol
    Grog shop- Licensed outlet selling alcohol
    Grommet- Young surfer
    Grotty- Run-down, dirty
    Grouse- Very good, cool!
    Grumblebum- Complainer
    Guernsey- Win approval (to get a guernsey)
    Gumby- Idiot
    Gumsucker- Person from Victoria State
    Gurgler- Plughole
    Gusunda- Potty, "Goes under" the bed
    Gutser- To "come a gutser" ie. to fail through poor judgement
    Gyno- Gynaecologist

    Half your luck!- Congratulations!
    Hard yards- Hard work, training
    Heart-starter- First alcoholic drink of the day, somtimes first cigarette
    Heave- To vomit
    Holy-dooly- Expression of suprise (also Hooley Dooley)
    Hoo-roo- Goodbye
    Hoon- Loudmouth, to drive recklessly!
    Horses hoof- Poof/Homosexual
    Hostie- Air hostess, flight attendant
    Hotel- Pub, with or without accommodation
    Humpy- Temporary home in the bush

    Icypole- Frozen lolly
    Idiot box- Television
    Illywhacker- A con merchant
    Irrits- To be annoyed

    Jackaroo- Cattle or Sheep Station-hand
    Jaffa- Orange-flavoured chocolate ball, with hard orange coating,
    Traditionally rolled down the cinema aisle!
    Jaffle iron- Camping tool, used to make a toasted sandwich
    Jillaroo- Female Cattle or Sheep Station-hand
    Jocks- Mens underpants
    Joe Blow- Mr. Average
    Joey- Baby Kangaroo
    Jolly green giant- $100 note, green in colour
    Journo- Journalist
    Jumbuck- Young sheep
    Just joshin'- Just kidding

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    Nov 2001


    Kark it- Die
    Kindie- Kindergarten
    Kiwi- A New Zealander
    Knock- Criticise
    Knuckle sandwich- A punch!

    Lamington- Small square of sponge cake covered in chocolate icing, and dessicated coconut
    Larrikin- Playful person
    Lay-by- Store system of paying for goods in instalments
    Lippie- Lipstick
    Liquid laugh- Vomit
    Liquid lunch- Drinking beer at lunchtime
    Lobster- $20 note, red in colour
    Lolly- Sweets, candy
    Longneck- Tall bottle of beer, 750ml or 26oz
    Lucky Country- Nickname for Australia
    Lurk- Illegal practice, dodge, racket
    Lush- An attractive person

    Maccas- A well-known fast-food chain
    Maggot bag- Meat Pie
    Mainlander- Person from Australian mainland to a Tasmanian
    Manchester- Linen
    Mate- Friend, used instead of someone's name!
    Mates rates- Discount rates given to friends
    Meat Pie- Rhyming slang for a try in Rugby
    Metho- Methylated Spirits
    Middy- Glass of beer, 285ml or 10oz, in NSW/ACT & WA
    Milko- Person who delivers milk
    Mollydooker- Left-hander
    Moon tan- Pale-skinned person
    Mozzie- Mosquito
    Muck-up day- Last day of High School, a day of pranks and mischief!
    Mullet- Idiot
    Muso- Musician
    Mystery bag- Meat pie

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    Narky- Upset, moody
    Neato- Excellent
    Never Never- Remote outback place or term for hire purchase agreement
    No worries!- It's OK, everything's fine!
    Nong- Idiot
    Norks- Breasts
    Nude nut- Bald head, or very short haircut
    Nut ducker- Person who pretends not to see you in the street!

    O.S.- Overseas
    Ocker- Yob
    Old Cheese- Mother
    Old Girl- Mother
    Old Lady- Wife
    Old Man- Father
    Olds/Oldies- Parents
    On the nose- Smelly
    Onya- Good for you!
    Osteo- Osteopath
    Outback- Remote bush location
    Oz- Nickname for Australia

    Pash- Kiss, 'Pash-on'
    Patsy- Scapegoat
    Pav- Pavlova-Australian desert; a meringue base with fruit and cream topping
    Pavement pizza- Vomit
    Perve- Lustful gaze
    Petrolhead- Car enthusiast
    Piccy- Picture
    Piker- Bore, party pooper: 'Pike out'-To leave the party early!
    Pineapple- $50 note, yellow in colour
    Pinnie- Pinball machine
    Play sillybuggers- Waste time, mess around
    Plonk- Cheap wine
    Plonko- Wine addict
    Pokies- Poker machines, slot or fruit machines
    Pollie- Politician
    Pommie- Term used to describe an English person
    Port- Suitcase
    Postie- Person who delivers mail
    Pot- Glass of beer, 285ml or 10oz, in QLD & VIC
    Pozzie- Position, seat
    Preggers- To be pregnant
    Prezzie- A present, gift
    Pullie- Pullover, sweater, jumper
    Pushie- Pushbike, bicycle
    Pyro- Pyromaniac

    Queensland Nut- Macadamia nut
    Quids in- To be 'in the money', usually a sign of success or a win

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    R.S.L.- Returned Services League-Social club, good place to play pool or have a counter lunch
    Rabbit- An idiot
    Rabbit's ears- Indoor television aerial
    Racehorse- Thinly-rolled cigarette
    Rafferty's Rules- Having no rules
    Rage- To party on
    Railway tracks- Braces on teeth
    Rammies- Trousers
    Rapt- Pleased
    Rattler- A train
    Redback- $20 note, red in colour
    Rego- Registration
    Rellies- Relatives
    Retread- Person who returns to work after retiring
    Ridgy-didge- Genuine, honest
    Ring-in- An outsider, non-local or regular at a club or pub
    Rip-snorter- An excellent thing
    Ripper- Great!
    Rissole- Nickname for an RSL Club
    Roids- Steroids
    Rollie- Hand-rolled cigarette
    Roo- Kangaroo
    Root- To have intercourse
    Rottie- Rottweiler dog
    Rubber-necker- Tourist or nosey person
    Rugged up- Dressed in warm clothes
    Rugrat- Crawling baby

    Saltie- Sal****er Crocodile
    Salvo- Salvation Army worker
    Sandgroper- Person from West Australia State
    Sanger- Sandwich
    Sarky- Sarcastic
    Schoolies' Week- End-of-school parties, especially held at the Gold Coast;
    usually = fun/trouble!
    Schooner- Glass of beer, 425ml in NSW/ACT,NT & WA
    Scratchie- Instant lottery ticket
    Semi- Semi-trailer
    Seppo- American (Septic tank = yank)
    Servo- Service, gas station
    Sheila- General slang term for an Aussie female
    Shoot through- Leave (especially husband walking out on wife)
    Shout- Round of beer/drinks
    Shrapnel- Small change, coins
    Shufti- Have a look
    Sickie- Paid day off work, usually not due to illness; "I'm gonna chucka sickie tomorra"
    Singlet- Sleeveless t-shirt or vest
    Slab- Tray of beer, usually 24 cans
    Sleep-out- Rear porch of house converted to extra bedroom
    Smoko- Workbreak, to have a cigarette, or cup of tea/coffee
    Snag- Sausage
    Snakey- Irritable
    Sook- Crybaby
    Spag Bog/Bol- Spaghetti Bolognaise
    Sparrow's fart- Dawn
    Special- Discounted item in a store
    Speedos- Men's swimming pants
    Spewing- Very upset, really mad! (also vomit)
    Spit the dummy- Uncontrollably upset
    Spunky- Good-looking,'hot'!
    Sprogs- Offspring, children
    Squiz- Have a look at
    Station- Large outback farm
    Stickybeak-Nosey person
    Stinger- Box jellyfish
    Stormstick- Umbrella
    Straight-up- Truthful, honest
    Strife- Trouble
    Struth- Exclaimation "Struth mate!" from God's truth
    Stubbies- Men's shorts or bottles of beer
    Stubby Holder- Insulated holder to keep beer cool
    Stuffed- Worn out, tired
    Sucked in-Duped, conned
    Sunnies- Sunglasses
    Swan a trip- All-expenses paid trip, common amongst politicans!

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    T.A.B.- Totalisator Agency Board - betting shop
    Tall poppy- Successful person in a particular field
    Tanti- Tantrum
    Tassie- Tasmania
    Techie- Technician
    Technicolour Yawn- To vomit
    The Alice- Alice Springs
    The Gong- Wollongong
    Thingie- To be sensitive or in an odd mood
    Thingo- The word you substitute the name of something or someone you've forgotten!
    Thongs- Rubber sandals, flip-flops
    Thunderbox- Toilet
    TimTam- Chocolate sandwich biscuit, coated in chocolate. YUM!
    Tinnie- Can of beer, or aluminium boat
    Tinnie fish- Beer drunk (caught!) on a fishing trip
    Toey- Nervous
    Togs- Swimsuit
    Tomato- Cricket ball
    Top-ender- Person who lives at the top end of the Northern Territory
    Trackie-daks- Tracksuit trousers
    Treadly- Bicycle
    Troppo- Slighty mad, from being in the sun too long
    True blue- Genuinely Australian
    Tub- Bath, but also refers to shower
    Tucker- Food
    Tucker chute- Mouth
    Twisties- Cheese-flavoured twist-shape crisps
    Two-up- Gambling game involving throwing two coins in the air from a holder

    U-ie- U-turn
    Undies- Underwear
    Unit- Flat, condominium
    Unreal!- Excellent!
    Up yourself- Inflated ego
    Ute- Utility van with tray top, used by tradesmen

    Veg out- Relax, lie like vegetables (usually in front of the TV!)
    Vegies- Vegetables
    Vego- Vegetarian
    Vinnie's- St. Vincent de Paul charity shop

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    Walkabout- Disappeared, gone on long walk
    Westie- Person from Western suburbs of Sydney
    Wharfie- Dock-worker
    Whinge- Complain (Usually of 'whingin' Poms'!)
    Windbag- Chatterbox or moaner
    Windies- West Indian Cricket Team
    Wing nut- Person with prominent ears
    Wino- Alcoholic (usually found drinking cheap cask wine)
    Within cooee- Close by, in hearing distance
    Wog- An illness, such as the flu
    Wowser- Killjoy, party pooper
    Wrinklie- Old person

    XXXX- Pronounced "Four-ex" not "ex-ex-ex-ex!" Famous Qld beer

    Yabber- Chat
    Yabbie- Crayfish
    Yack- Vomit
    Yahoo- Noisy, unruly person
    Yakka- Hard work
    Yobbo- Loudmouth
    Yodel- Vomit
    You beaut- Wonderful!
    Yucko- Something unpleasant
    Yummo- Something pleasant

    Zeds- Sleep; 'stack some Zzzz's'
    Ziff- Beard
    Zonked- Exhausted

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2001


    damn...just the odd saying or 2:eek:
    but thats more excuses for not understanding us:no:
    Madness is the gift that has been given to me!

    *Slaps Ollie, Beffy and Mouse with The Creators lifeless carcuss.....then ties up Morgan lander and forces him to listen to ****ty pop music for hours..bwahaha

  10. #10
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    Nov 2001


    If more clarification is needed I have a whole lot more

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