Whilst English is the language spoken in Australia, it is easy for anyone relocating from overseas to get caught out trying to understand the Australian Slang. So we have listed some of the common slang words that Aussies might use.

Ankle Biter = Small child

Aussie = Australian

Barbie = Barbeque

Blow in the bag =  Have an alcohol breath test

Brekkie = Breakfast

Beaut / beauty  = Great, fantastic

Bloke = Man

Bingle = Minor car accident / fight

Bludger = Lazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on other people to do things or lend him things

Bogan = Person who takes little pride in his appearance, spends his days slacking and drinking beer

Chrissie = Christmas

Clayton’s = Fake, substitute

Do your block = Get mad

Dag = A funny person, nerd

Dill = An idiot

Earbashing = Nagging, non-stop chatter

Fair dinkum = true, genuine

G’day = Hello

Grog = Liquor, beer (“bring your own grog)

Gobsmacked = Surprised, astounded

I fee stuffed =   I’m tired

Kindie = Kindergarten

Larrikin = A bloke who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster

Mate = Buddy, friend

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

Offsider =An assistant, helper

Prezzy = Present, gift

Polly = Politician

Postie = Postman

Rego = Vehicle registration

Root: sexual intercourse. This one can get really get foreigners in trouble. Americans coming to Australia and telling people how they love to “root for their team.” If you come to Australia, you would want to use the word “barrack” instead. On the same note, a “wombat” is someone who eats roots and leaves.

You little Ripper = Exclamation of delight or as a reaction to good news

She’ll be Right = It’ll be all right

Shonky = Dubious, underhanded

Slab = Box of beer (usually 24 bottles or cans).

Screamer = Party lover; “two pot screamer” – somebody who gets drunk on very little alcohol

Shag on a rock, stands out like a = Very obvious

Shonky = Dubious, underhanded. E.g. a shonky practice, shonky business etc.

Sprung = Caught doing something wrong

Spunk = A good looking person (of either sex)

Stubby =a 375ml. beer bottle

Sunnies = Sunglasses

 I feel Stuffed = I’m tired

Ta = Thank you

Two pot screamer = A person who gets drunk easily

Ute = A utility vehicle

Useless as an ashtray on a motor bike = Incompetent or unhelpful

Wowser = Spoilsport

Whinge = Complain

XXXX = Pronounced Four X, brand of beer made in Queensland