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Aussie Slang Dictionary For The Backpacker

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So, backpackers, you have left your wonderful, comfortable home and have entered the strange city that has come to be known as Sydney in Australia. Sometimes you will come into contact with the locals, these people are called ‘Aussies’ (Australians), and may sometimes seem to talk a different language. But don’t be put off, this Australian slang is something that wont take you too long to get to grips with and possibly even pick up in your own conversation in your Sydney Hostel.

Here is a dictionary for the confused backpacker. The ‘Aussie’ slang is not as daunting as it may seem at first. Keep faith, backpackers, you will understand in no time!

Ankle biter : small child

Aussie (pron. Ozzie) : Australian

Avos : avocados

Barbie : barbecue (noun)

Banana bender : a person from Queensland

Beaut, beauty : great, fantastic

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.

Bloody oath! : that’s certainly true

Bogan : person who takes little pride in his appearance, spends his days slacking and drinking beer

Bonzer : great, ripper

Brisvegas : Brisbane, state capital of Queensland

Budgie smugglers : men’s bathing costume

Bushman’s hanky : Emitting nasal mucus by placing one index finger on the outside of the nose (thus blocking one nostril) and blowing.

Cark it : to die, cease functioning

Cat burying shit, as busy as a : busy
Cat’s piss, as mean as : mean, stingy, uncharitable

Chunder : vomit

Cobber : friend

Crack onto (someone) : to hit on someone, pursue someone romantically

Dag : a funny person, nerd, goof

Dead dingo’s donger, as dry as a : dry

Fair dinkum : true, genuine

Fair suck of the sav! : exclamation of wonder, awe, disbelief (see also “sav”)
Fairy floss : candy floss, cotton candy

G’Day : hello!

Gutful of piss : drunk, “he’s got a gutful of piss”

Heaps : a lot, e.g. “thanks heaps”, “(s)he earned heaps of money” etc.

Jumbuck : sheep

Kangaroos loose in the top paddock : Intellectually inadequate (“he’s got kangaroos loose in the top paddock”)

Lair it up : to behave in a brash and vulgar manner

Liquid laugh : vomit

Lunch, who opened their? : OK, who farted?

Maccas (pron. “mackers”) : McDonald’s (the hamburger place)

Middy : 285 ml beer glass in New South Wales

Mystery bag : a sausage

No worries! : Expression of forgiveness or reassurance (No problem; forget about it; I can do it; Yes, I’ll do it)

Nuddy, in the : naked

Nun’s nasty, as dry as a : dry

Old fella : penis

Pash : a long passionate kiss; hence “pashing on”

Pommy bastard : an Englishman (see also ‘bastard’)

Quid, make a : earn a living – “are you making a quid?”

Rack off : push off! get lost! get out of here! also “rack off hairy legs!”.

Rellie or relo : family relative

Right, she’ll be : it’ll be all right

Schooner : large beer glass in Queensland; medium beer glass in South Australia

Sheepshagger : A New Zealander
Sheila : a woman

Squizz (noun) : look – “take a squizz at this”

Strewth : exclamation, mild oath (“Strewth, that Chris is a bonzer bloke”)

Swagman : tramp, hobo

Technicolor yawn : vomit

Thongs : cheap rubber backless sandals

True blue : patriotic
Tucker : food

Waggin’ school : playing truant

Thanks to for shedding light on this straight up weird slang. Hopefully with this dictionary, backpackers across Sydney and Australia will be able to understand the locals and their cultural habits. Enjoy!

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